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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Secury Search

Why did you download Secury Search onto your Google Chrome web browser? You might have done it thinking that it could keep your browser safe. According to the information promoting this potentially unwanted program (PUP), it should somehow delete malicious links from your search results page. Although this service might seem legitimate and even beneficial, our research team warns that the add-on is not very reliable. In fact, it is most likely that it was created to make money by introducing you to sponsored content whenever you surf the web. In this case, the extension adds suspicious links instead of eliminating them, and that is why it is not trustworthy. It is most likely that you have already decided to remove Secury Search, considering that you have found this article. If you scroll down below, you will find the guide that shows how to get rid of the unwanted extension, but we recommend reading this report in its entirety to learn more about the PUP.

Secury Search is officially represented at securysearch.com, but the installer is hosted on the Chrome app store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/securysearch/nhjljpnkipdokigjhabclkcdepfbdndn. At the time of research, this extension had nearly 12,000 users, and it had a solid 5/5 star rating. The strange thing is that all reviews were made within the span of two days, which is an indication that they are bogus. If you choose to click the “Add to Chrome” button to install the extension, you are introduced to a message suggesting that the extension can “Read and change all your data on the websites you visit” and also “Change your search settings to: search.securysearch.com.” If you use a third-party installer, we do not know if this warning would be introduced to you. Also, we do not know what kinds of other threats could be installed along with the potentially unwanted program. They certainly could be malicious and dangerous. Install a legitimate malware scanner to quickly check things out, and if no other threats exist, continue reading the report. If more serious malware is found, we advise focusing on it first.

As the Chrome app store installer warns, Secury Search modifies the default search engine to introduce you to search.securysearch.com. This search tool is not trustworthy because it acts as a redirector. First, it connects to arp.eanswers.com and then routes to Yahoo Search to show search results. The creator of this hijacker earns money for this, but, unfortunately, there is a risk that the results shown could be unreliable because unpredictable third-party links could potentially be included. On top of that, Secury Search does not really work. Our research team has tested this tool, and it failed to block malicious websites to which connection was attempted. It is possible that blocking could happen via the search engine, but, according to our researchers, unreliable links should not be included in Yahoo Search results at all, which makes the PUP useless. All in all, whether you find it useful or not, removing this strange extension is strongly recommended, and if you are interested in this, you might be interested in the different methods you can apply.

The guide below shows two different methods using which you can delete Secury Search manually. Since this potentially unwanted program is just an extension, and no secret components are hidden, you should have no trouble eliminating it from your Google Chrome browser. However, you might be unable to completely clean your PC manually if more aggressive and complex infections are active. If they are, a legitimate malware scanner will list them for you. You can look up guides using the search field at the top of this page, but we cannot guarantee that you will find all of them. Alternatively, you can download and install a legitimate anti-malware program. First of all, it will scan your operating system to uncover all threats. Next, it will automatically delete them. Finally, it will reinstate full protection to ensure that your operating system is malware-free forever. Should you have questions about the removal options offered below, or you want to talk about the PUP itself, the comments section is open to everyone.

Removal Option I

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Enter chrome://extensions/ into the bar at the top.
  3. Click the recycle bin next to the unwanted extension.
  4. Select Remove.

Removal Option II

  1. Launch Windows Explorer by tapping Win+E.
  2. Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ (or, if you are on Windows XP, %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\) into the bar at the top.
  3. If profiles exist, open your {unique name} profile folder. If they do not, open the Default folder.
  4. Open the Extensions folder.
  5. Delete the folder named nhjljpnkipdokigjhabclkcdepfbdndn.
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