How to remove Secure Search Bar

What is Secure Search Bar?

Secure Search Bar is a browser add-on that injects its own search bar into a browser. This appears every time you appeal to the search engine – all your search queries will be redirected to Bing page. The purpose of the program becomes evident – to generate more traffic to the Bing Search Engine that is probably profitable for its developers. After the Secure Search Bar virus hijack, the user may not be allowed to use alternative search. Also, it may display intrusive pop-up ads, cause browsers slowdowns, and collects individual information about users’ browsing habits. Secure Search Bar removal is not the easy task due to its ability to reinstall itself. Therefore we need to remove Secure Search Bar completely with all related to it components. For that, we prepared this step-by-step guide.

Secure Search Bar

How Secure Search Bar got installed on your computer?

Secure Search Bar injects in the browser through the bundles with free programs. A virus presented as a useful extension or app. Developers do not show information about hijacker – they hide this it within “Custom” settings or other sections of the installation processes. So, you shouldn’t give access to installation Secure Search Bar on your device. It is the best way to avoid implementation of hijackers. But if your system already infected by virus, you can follow instructions below to remove Secure Search Bar from browsers.

    Symptoms of Secure Search Bar infection

    • First and the most striking proof of having a browser hijacker is the change of the main page. Usually, it is a search engine page that is designed so that user would believe in its legitimacy.
    • Generally, hijackers cause redirections when user makes a search query on its page or tries to reach a blocked site (usually another search engine or anti-malware sites)
    • Another indicator of hijacker infection is appearance of new programs, toolbars and browser extensions that you don’t remember installing and processes in start-up queue.
    • Also, you may notice the significant slowdown in the system operating, since running of the applications required for malware activity may consume a lot of CPU.
    • Besides, hijacker infection may as well negatively affect the speed of Internet connection.

    How to remove Secure Search Bar?

    To make sure that the hijacker won’t appear again, you need to delete Secure Search Bar completely. For this, you need to remove the application from the Control Panel and then check the drives for such leftovers as Secure Search Bar files and registry entries. We should warn you that performing some of the steps may require above-average skills, so if you don’t feel experienced enough, you may apply to the automatic removal tool.

    Performing an antimalware scan with Norton would automatically search out and delete all elements related to Secure Search Bar. It is not only the easiest way to eliminate Secure Search Bar, but also the safest and most assuring one.

    Download Norton

    A reliable solution for users who use Mac Os computers. Though it is considered that Mac OS is the most secure operating system, even it sometimes could not cope with such threats. In such cases, we advise you to use Combo Cleaner Antivirus that is able to remove Secure Search Bar and all components related to it safely and rapidly.

    Download Combo Cleaner

    Steps of Secure Search Bar manual removal

    Uninstall Secure Search Bar from Control Panel

    As it was stated before, more likely that the hijacker appeared on your system brought by other software. So, to get rid of Secure Search Bar you need to call to memory what you have installed recently.

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Mac

    1. Open a Finder window
    2. Click Applications line on the sidebar
    3. Select the application related to Myfirsttab.co right-click it and choose Move to Trash

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Windows XP

    1. Click the Start button and open Control Panel
    2. Go to Add or Remove Programs
    3. Find the application related to Secure Search Bar and click Uninstall

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Windows 7/Vista

    1. Click the Start button and open Control Panel
    2. Go to Uninstall Program
    3. Find the application related to Secure Search Bar and click Uninstall

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Windows 8/8.1

    1. Right-click the menu icon in left bottom corner
    2. Choose Control Panel
    3. Select the Uninstall Program line
    4. Uninstall the application related to Secure Search Bar

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Windows 10

    1. Press Win+X to open Windows Power menu
    2. Click Control Panel
    3. Choose Uninstall a Program
    4. Select the application related to Secure Search Bar and remove it

    noteIf you experience problems with removing Secure Search Bar from Control Panel: there is no such title on the list, or you receive an error preventing you from deleting the application, see the article dedicated to this issue.
    Read what to do if program won’t uninstall from Control Panel


    Remove Secure Search Bar from browsers

    How to unlock Windows Group Policies

    Before you will started to remove Secure Search Bar from browser you should perform following instructions in Command Prompt
    This step is necessary to delete Windows Group Policies created by Secure Search Bar
    Secure Search Bar

    1. Start Command Prompt as Administrator
    2. To do this in Windows 10/8 or Windows 7 click Start and in the search box type cmd. Right-click on the found result and choose Run as Administrator.
    3. While in command prompt type:
      rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    4. Press Enter button.
    5. Then type:
      rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    6. Press Enter button.
    7. Finally, type:
      gpupdate /force
    8. Press Enter button.

    Since some of the hijacker threats use a disguise of a browser add-on, you will need to check the list of extensions/add-ons in your browser.

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Safari

    1. Start Safari
    2. Click on Safari menu button, then go to the Extensions
    3. Delete Myfirsttab.co or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Google Chrome

    1. Start Google Chrome
    2. Click on More tools, then go to the Extensions
    3. Delete Secure Search Bar or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Internet Explorer

    1. Launch Internet Explorer
    2. Click on the Tools/Gear icon, then select Manage Add-ons
    3. Delete Secure Search Bar or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Mozilla Firefox

    1. Start Mozilla Firefox
    2. Click on the right-upper corner button
    3. Click Add-ons, then go to Extensions
    4. Delete Secure Search Bar or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

    How to remove Secure Search Bar from Microsoft Edge

    1. Start Microsoft Edge
    2. Click the three-dot button in the upper right corner
    3. Choose Extensions
    4. Click the gear icon near Secure Search Bar or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them
    5. Choose Remove

    Disable proxy for Chrome on Windows

    1. Open the Chrome Menu on the browser toolbar and go to Settings
    2. Click Show Advanced Settings
    3. In the Network Section, click Change Proxy Settings
    4. Under Local Area Network (LAN) settings, click on LAN settings
    5. a) under Automatic configuration, check “Automatically detect settings”

      b) check that the “Address” textbox is empty

    6. Restart your Google Chrome web browser

    Reset your browsers

    How to reset settings in Google Chrome

    1. Click on the icon in the right-upper corner
    2. Choose Settings
    3. Click Advanced settings
    4. Click the Reset button
    5. In “reset” window click the Reset button

    How to reset settings in Mozilla Firefox

    1. Click the icon in the upper right corner
    2. Choose Help
    3. Select Troubleshooting Information
    4. Click the Refresh Firefox… button

    How to reset settings in Internet Explorer

    1. Click on the Tools button
    2. Go to Internet options
    3. Go to the Advanced tab
    4. Click Reset

    How to reset settings in Microsoft Edge

    1. Start Microsoft Edge
    2. Click the three-dot button in the upper right corner
    3. Choose Settings
    4. Under the Clear browsing data category select Choose what to clear
    5. Select everything and click Clear

    If the above-mentioned methods didn’t help in eliminating the threat, then it’s better to rely on an automatic way of deleting Secure Search Bar.

    Download Norton

    We also recommend to download and use Norton to scan the system after Secure Search Bar removal to make sure that it is completely gone. The antimalware application will detect any vicious components left among system files and registry entries that can recover Secure Search Bar.

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