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Post Posted November 7th, 2015, 7:27 am

After working with the guys from Cybertech, running multiple malware, spyware and virus programs, I'm still getting a Secure Search Home Page. The curious thing about it is that it happens each day between 4pm EST and 6pm EST, depending on when I startup Firefox. Is this part of the Home Page default? Once this comes up I have to restore the home page default.

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Post Posted November 7th, 2015, 7:52 am

Hi,
A quick Google for it found quite a few references to AVG & it's Safe Search "feature."
Do you run AVG?

A couple recommended trying either/both AdwCleaner &/or Junkware Removal Tool.
Both are available from the bleeping computer malware specialist removal site.
> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
> http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/downloa ... oval-tool/

They will assist you in removing it if needed.
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Post Posted November 7th, 2015, 2:53 pm

Thanks Limpet, yep, the guys on the CyberTech forums ran me through a host of different programs, including ones I use often, but no luck. Yes, I do see that it has something to do with AVG, but I don't use AVG, nor does it show up in the CCleaner Program list, nor in the Windows Uninstall List. I've even tried to disable some of the settings in about:config, but no luck. I'm going to assume that even "if" the software removes the program, it will simply return again the following day. The only option left and I hesitate to do it is to format reload.

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Post Posted November 7th, 2015, 3:39 pm

Did your home page in IE and/or Chrome get hijacked also?
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Post Posted November 7th, 2015, 9:30 pm

JayhawksRock wrote:Did your home page in IE and/or Chrome get hijacked also?


I removed Chrome and Edge appears to be unaffected.

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Post Posted November 9th, 2015, 10:09 am

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Post Posted November 9th, 2015, 1:21 pm




Ironically, this was the thing I tried. I'm currently running Win10 and I don't have Chrome, just Firefox and Edge. As mentioned, Secure Search does not appear in "any" of the Firefox settings, whether its from the App Properties or about:config. I have no idea where its hiding.

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Post Posted November 9th, 2015, 1:31 pm

This site is trusted and free...,
https://malwaretips.com/blogs/remove-se ... tedio-com/
Or Maybe something helpful here >
https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=s ... oX8M1s7PAc

FWIW, it is hiding and running in Windows services.... and probably has placed something bundled in the Freeware you installed in Windows Programs
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Post Posted November 9th, 2015, 8:37 pm

Thanks Jay, I'll give that a try the next time it pops back up.

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