How to remove Search Encrypt redirect

Have you noticed annoying ads on the Internet, flagged as “advertising by Search Encrypt”? Did you see the presence of Search Encrypt somewhere else on the computer? If those things are true – the system is infested by an advertising utility, and this guide can help you in deleting it.

Search Encrypt

What is Search Encrypt

Search Encrypt, as you might have guessed so far, is adware. Search Encrypt can't do anything well, as it was developed to do one thing: to drive you crazy. Surely, the mad-driving activity isn’t its real task, but it’s easily delivered when Search Encrypt does what it does – displays the advertising content. When the penetration is complete, it modifies the browser settings and shows you as many ads as it can and sometimes more, making sure that you will see some of them. Fraudsters earn some tiny amount of money for every click you’ve made, so you can understand why the links keep coming: it’s pure money. In the next parts of our article, we’ll tell you how adware infected the workstation and how it can be protected against suchlike threats. If you already know that and simply want to uninstall adware as soon as possible – don't mind the following parts and go to the uninstalling advice.

Right after the infestation, Search Encrypt modifies the properties of the browsers. It’s all that it can do, because the head role in this play is passed to the “search engine” which takes over the browser when you download Search Encrypt. So, Search Encrypt changes the default homepage and the pre-set search and places the scammer’s search in their place. After that you can't use the reputable Bing, Yahoo, Google or whatever search you prefer – you’ll surf the Net with the help of the crippled scammers' search, giving away advertising banners pop-ups wrong links of all forms and sizes. One more adware's feature is to modify the settings of the shortcuts of infected browsers in a way that even if you restore the default settings, you'll automatically open the scammers’ search system in a first tab.

Search Encrypt cannot be removed as a regular software, and if you attempt to do it - the virus will recover. It happens because of the Search Encrypt's protective systems, and we'll define their essence:

  • A system task is the most popular technique to initiate the recovery of the adware if the operator had uninstalled it. System tasks aren’t typically utilized by common PC operators, so the adware simply creates a task to confirm if it’s running, and if it isn't – to download and set it one more time. This task checks the Search Encrypt's status after each restart, and that’s why Search Encrypt keeps returning.
  • Another manner has the similar aim, but it employs the OS's registry instead of the Scheduled Tasks service. You need to clear the registry to beat this technique, but it’s a rather hard thing for a novice user. The other registry items are crucially important, and by clearing any of them, you might cause significant damage to the system.


How Search Encrypt got into the system

To simplify the things a bit, we’ll describe the whole process from the start. The vast majority of the advertisement-oriented programs are replicas of each other, repeated countless times and passed to different scammers with lesser changes made. One of the suchlike guys got this one in the Dark Web, added their logo and put it on file-sharing services around the Internet. That’s where you picked it up, huh? Okay, you're saying that you didn’t search for a tool to annoy you? Possibly, you wanted a perfect recipe to damage your system, and someone sent you a link to Search Encrypt installation file? Did we get it wrong again? Okay, then, it was another program that's actually good. Sort of a gratis program from a not-so-famous developer, or a cracked version of some paid utility you're not going to buy.

We know this way as the “sponsored installation”, and it means that hackers unite the installers of 3-4 undesired programs and a sole good utility to create one installer. The core peculiarity of this installer is that its pattern prevents a victim from seeing the programs inside of it. On some of the stages, you're allowed to see a suggestion to get more programs, with all fields checked and the natural desire is to download them and proceed. And you clicked on it. Don't forget about another technique, with the “installation manners”. It's very simple: the sophisticated installation way is literally a choice of a folder for a utility to be installed, and how exactly you need it to be done. In Search Encrypt's case, if you pick the recommended installation, you admit all the viruses from the package into the workstation laptop.

Methods to remove Search Encrypt

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Search Encrypt manually

Step 1. Uninstall Search Encrypt from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Search Encrypt from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)


If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Now you know how Search Encrypt works, and you are aware of its tricky manners of penetration. We’ve explained almost everything, except the most important thing: how you can get rid of Search Encrypt. Here we go. Search Encrypt can be removed through following two plain techniques. One of them is what you’ve just tried to perform – removal in manual mode. We can do it right, and below this paragraph, you will find the advice on manual deletion. Its worst disadvantage is that you can’t eliminate lots of advertising programs through it since it'll require too much time. It's better to try another technique: you may totally delete the virus in a few minutes with the help of Spyhunter AntiMalware. This utility has lots of benefits, and among them are fast scanning, the ability to operate along with many antiviral tools, round-the-clock support service and fair price. It's time to stop trying to guard the device with free programs – try the real anti-viral tool. Push the button under this paragraph to scan the hard drive with the toll-free scanner.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall Search Encrypt from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Search Encrypt and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Search Encrypt
  • C:\ProgramData\Search Encrypt
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Search Encrypt

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Search Encrypt" and delete these elements


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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Search Encrypt and press Uninstall


Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Search Encrypt from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Search Encrypt and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.


Step 2. Remove Search Encrypt from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Search Encrypt

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs


Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Search Encrypt

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages


Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove Search Encrypt

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field


Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Search Encrypt and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.



Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"


Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default


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