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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Secured Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Secured Search is a search hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice.
This particular one is also a browser NewTab.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Secured Search?

You may see this entry in your list of installed Chrome extensions:

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this icon in the Chrome menu-bar:

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these changed settings:

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and this new startpage:

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did Secured Search get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from the webstore:

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after a redirect from their website:

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How do I remove Secured Search?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes for Windows to your desktop.
  • Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  • Click on the Get started button.
  • Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  • When the scan is finished click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  • Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Secured Search?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes Secured Search completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

Malwarebytes Browser Guard, as well as the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Secured Search hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR NewTab: Default ->  Active:"chrome-extension://ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic/index.html"
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://securedserch.com/?q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> sse
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://securedsearch.xyz/?s={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (Secured Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic [2020-05-22]
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0
       Adds the file background.html"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 276 bytes, A
       Adds the file e_.json"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 113 bytes, A
       Adds the file index.html"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 738 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="5/22/2020 9:28 AM, 2500 bytes, A
       Adds the file responseConfig.json"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 158356 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="5/22/2020 9:28 AM, 29429 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 7349 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\content\fonts
       Adds the file HelveticaNeueLT-Roman.woff"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 16320 bytes, A
       Adds the file HelveticaNeue-Thin.otf"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 24888 bytes, A
       Adds the file neue.woff"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 14492 bytes, A
       Adds the file neue-bold.woff"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 48112 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\content\fonts\websafe-awesome
       Adds the file websafe-awesome.css"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 1476 bytes, A
       Adds the file websafe-awesome.woff2"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 2820 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\content\images
       Adds the file radio-selected.svg"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 504 bytes, A
       Adds the file radio-unselected.svg"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 832 bytes, A
       Adds the file star.svg"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 666 bytes, A
       Adds the file star-unselected.svg"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 786 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\content\images\bsb
       Adds the file bad.png"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 354 bytes, A
       Adds the file bytefence-logo-transparent.svg"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 4765 bytes, A
       Adds the file close.png"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 348 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo.svg"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 24289 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo-small.svg"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 4117 bytes, A
       Adds the file ok.png"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 1065 bytes, A
       Adds the file search-icon.png"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 380 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\content\images\bsb\icons
       Adds the file icon-red.svg"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 3160 bytes, A
       Adds the file red-favicon.ico"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 15086 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\content\images\icons
       Adds the file 128.png"="5/22/2020 9:28 AM, 6001 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16.png"="5/22/2020 9:28 AM, 804 bytes, A
       Adds the file 19.png"="5/22/2020 9:28 AM, 806 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32.png"="5/22/2020 9:28 AM, 1983 bytes, A
       Adds the file 38.png"="5/22/2020 9:28 AM, 1800 bytes, A
       Adds the file 48.png"="5/22/2020 9:28 AM, 3103 bytes, A
       Adds the file favicon.ico"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 1150 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\content\scripts
       Adds the file search.css"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 3867 bytes, A
       Adds the file search.js"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 6539 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\css
       Adds the file style.css"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 4815 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\fonts
       Adds the file HelveticaNeueLT-Roman.woff"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 16320 bytes, A
       Adds the file HelveticaNeue-Thin.otf"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 24888 bytes, A
       Adds the file neue.woff"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 14492 bytes, A
       Adds the file neue-bold.woff"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 48112 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\fonts\websafe-awesome
       Adds the file websafe-awesome.css"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 1425 bytes, A
       Adds the file websafe-awesome.woff2"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 2820 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\js
       Adds the file background.v0.0.1.min.js"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 8188 bytes, A
       Adds the file common.v0.0.1.min.js"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 1457455 bytes, A
       Adds the file common.v0.0.1.min.js.LICENSE"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 4323 bytes, A
       Adds the file index.v0.0.1.min.js"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 212212 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\skin\icons
       Adds the file 16.png"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 805 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic\10.1.4.60_0\vendor
       Adds the file md5.min.js"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 9202 bytes, A
       Adds the file react-with-addons.min.js"="10/29/2019 1:07 PM, 38232 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic"="REG_SZ", "CCA0FD20CBB64EA263D9CFA85D7CAA7F98DA5E3F0449DEC715C214A25A93781A"
Malwarebytes log:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 5/22/20
Scan Time: 9:46 AM
Log File: 4a17283e-9c00-11ea-962f-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.1.0.56
Components Version: 1.0.920
Update Package Version: 1.0.24238
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 232770
Threats Detected: 8
Threats Quarantined: 8
Time Elapsed: 6 min, 16 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic, Quarantined, 333, 823161, , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\EXTENSIONS\ilnidodcffjfecahcfiihlhiohnaobic, Quarantined, 333, 823161, 1.0.24238, , ame, 

File: 6
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 333, 823161, , , , 
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 333, 823161, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SecuredSearch.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\ILNIDODCFFJFECAHCFIIHLHIOHNAOBIC\10.1.4.60_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15280, 443103, 1.0.24238, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.SearchManager.BITSRST, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\ILNIDODCFFJFECAHCFIIHLHIOHNAOBIC\10.1.4.60_0\RESPONSECONFIG.JSON, Quarantined, 283, 626727, 1.0.24238, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.SecuredSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 235, 551753, 1.0.24238, , ame, 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 405, 462944, 1.0.24238, , ame, 

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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