Remove Search Encrypt (

Search Encrypt with web address is a browser search engine and is actually promoted as tool that provides private online searches. According to official website, this service intercepts user’s online searches, encrypted them locally, and redirected to privacy-enhanced search engine. Search Encrypt may emerge instantly as default start-up page and act as your usual search engine but make no mistake that this is all due to virus infection. The presence of Search Encrypt was established because you allow it to be installed on the browser. Whether unknowingly or intentionally, user’s intervention is needed for this tool to be part of internet application. So, speculating that Search Encrypt is some kind of virus is a misconception of some users.

Whether Search Encrypt is a valuable tool or some kind of intrusive application, we are not in the position to judge the legitimacy and effectiveness of this browser extension. See for yourself what Search Encrypt users have to say about this browser extension from the discussion on Chrome Web Store. Here are some user reviews, which we found to be a mix assessment:

The search results are good. Privacy searches good too. Does exactly what it says. – Brian Smith

This extension is malware. After removing it, the default search engine is hijacked to Search Encrypt. Still working to fix this. – Ida Gochenaur

Search Encrypt

We’ve downloaded this extension company wide to help prevent our competitors from seeing what we search for. The initial results have been satisfactory. Not sure I’d use it all the time, as Google really KNOWS what I’m looking for. But it works great if you’re wanting to search with privacy and anonymity. It’s been a good product for our business, at least. – Matt Diamond

I hate this extension. It wont remove from new tab even when I removed it from Chrome. I would give a 0 out of 10. – Matt Nichols

By nature I am very skeptical. So therefore, when first installed I wasn’t quite sure. After further investigation (by me) I am satisfied with this product. Thank you. – Debra TerrellMontoya

If there is a need to remove Search Encrypt from the computer, simply execute the removal steps below.

Search Encrypt Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting internet hijacker and pop-ups.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted PC security and optimization tool equipped with a powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of adware like Search Encrypt through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the database file; please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like Search Encrypt, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner PC

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete Search Encrypt hijacker, including all malicious objects from the computer.

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if you are comfortable manually getting rid of the threat and malicious items linked to it.

Step 2 : Scan with AdwCleaner and Reset Chrome Policies

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Search Encrypt on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer, especially browsers affected by Search Encrypt.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner.exe to start running the tool.

4. If Windows displays a prompt saying, "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?" click Yes to proceed.

5. On the AdwCleaner dashboard, click on Settings.

Screenshot of AdwCleaner Policies

6. While in the Settings window, please turn On the Reset Chrome Policies and Reset IE Policies.

Screenshot of AdwCleaner Scanner

7. Go back to the Dashboard and click the Scan Now button.

8. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated with Search Encrypt.

9. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

10. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Step 3 : Scan the computer with Sophos Home Antivirus

To remove Search Encrypt automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful virus and malware removal tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware; it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like Search Encrypt.

1. Please click on the link below to download the program.

2. After downloading, locate the file SophosInstall.exe in the Downloads folder.

3. Install by double-clicking on the file.

4. If it prompts "Do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device?" please click Yes.

5. Next, it will display the Terms and Conditions page. Click the Install button to begin.

Screenshot of Terms by Sophos Home

6. Run the installation with the default settings. Please note that an internet connection is required in order to download important updates.

7. After finishing the installation, you must login to the dashboard. If you already have a Sophos account, please login. Otherwise, please enter your details and click on the Create Account button.

8. Once you are in the Sophos Home console, click the Scan button to start checking the computer for Search Encrypt components.

Screenshot of Sophos Home

9. Scanning may take a while; please wait for this process to finish.

10. After scanning the computer, Sophos Home will start cleaning or deleting files infected with Search Encrypt.

11. You may now close Sophos Home. The computer is now free from Search Encrypt, as well as associated malware and viruses.

The above procedures should have totally eliminated Search Encrypt browser hijacker. However, if you find that there are still remnants of the virus, please proceed to the next steps below.

Step 4 : Delete Search Encrypt Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to Search Encrypt. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove the Search Encrypt Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Look for Search Encrypt or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Search Encrypt Chrome Extension

Microsoft Edge

Remove Search Encrypt from Microsoft Windows and Edge Browser

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R. Type the appwiz.cpl command and click OK.

Screenshot of Run Command

2. The Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in a chronological manner, with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on the 'Installed On' column.

Screenshot of Program and Featires

3. Select Search Encrypt or a recently installed suspicious entry from the list.

4. Click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

If Search Encrypt is still present on the browser and unwanted homepage and pop-ups persist, another option is to remove the hijacker from the browser settings.

5. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

6. Input the following string in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of MS Edge Address Bar

7. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for Search Encrypt from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal

8. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the Search Encrypt Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

Search Encrypt Firefox Extension

4. Look for an entry that pertains to Search Encrypt and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Step 5 : Fixing the Homepage and Search Engine

Google Chrome

Remove Search Encrypt from the Homepage and Search of Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser. Type or copy and paste the following on the address bar. Then, press Enter on the keyboard:


Screenshot of Chrome Settings Page

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Chrome On Startup Screenshot

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions icon (3-dot), and select Remove or Edit.

5. If you choose Edit, enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing Search Encrypt. Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the left sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Settings

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions icon, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Default Search Engine Screenshot

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to Search Encrypt are gone.

Microsoft Edge

Get Rid of Search Encrypt from the Homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below, then press Enter on the keyboard:


MS Edge Start Page Screenshot

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of Search Encrypt.

Screenshot of Home URL

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete Search Encrypt from the Homepage and Search of Firefox.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer.

2. Type or copy and paste the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:


3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Firefox Preferences Screenshot

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace Search Encrypt settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the left sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Default Search

7. Under the "Default Search Engine" list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Remove Search from Firefox Image

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox browser.

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6 thoughts on “Remove Search Encrypt (”

  1. Thank you! My son had accidentally got the malware which Malwarebytes was able to remove. However, MWB wasn’t able to get rid of SearchEncrypt which came with it (even though it was able to detect it). Your instructions for Firefox took care of it right away. Thanks!

  2. Since a Malwarebytes scan found and quarantined 28 SearchEncrypt occurrences, does that mean my system is clear of this browser hijacker infection? Do I still need to run AdwCleaner and reset the browsers?

  3. @Paul, even though MBAM found and removed some adware objects, it still does not guarantee that your computer is clean now. There may be some remnants that can only be catch if you run additional scanners. Running ADWCleaner is ensuring that no more Search Encrypt objects and other adware are left.

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