The Live-Secure search hijacker is an illustration of a basic unwanted program; such applications are promoted enormously these days. On this page you will see the detailed directions of “Live-Secure” hijacker elimination in different tactics: using anti-malware programs and hand-operated removal process.
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Live-Secure – What is it?
“Live-Secure” search hijacker is a potentially unwanted application (PUA)1, that is spread as a plugin for your web browser. It is usually spread as an add-on for Chrome or Firefox, that assists to search some particular information, as an example, about sport events, make your browser much more safe, enable downloading of any web video, and so on. Also, this app adds the “Managed by your organization” feature (on Chrome browsers).
Nonetheless, the “Live-Secure” plugin is quite pointless because all such functions are currently embedded to your web browser and/or system. Such advertising and marketing mottos are targeted at low-skilled computer users, like pensioners or schoolchildren. However occasionally even expert users are getting caught on such an appeal. In particular instances, this hijacker is spread together with free apps.
Here is a details for the Live-Secure hijacker
|Hosting||AS13335 Cloudflare, Inc.|
United States, San Francisco
|Infection Type||Browser Hijacker, Unwanted Application|
|Symptoms||Changed search engine; search queries redirection|
|Similar behavior||Clear, Searcheeboo, Televisionfanatic|
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How harmful is Live-Secure hijacker?
Besides its uselessness, Live-Secure hijacker is likewise considerably harmful for web browser utilization. It changes your search engine to its particular – Live-secure.xyz, and additionally alters your background, adding its watermark on your wallpaper (or, sometimes, changing it to default with the mentioned symptom).
In addition to seeable modifications done by Live-Secure hijacker, you may observe that several of your search queries are redirecting to the unfamiliar web pages, full of links and promotions – so-called doorway websites. Such sites can include web links for malware downloads. The possibility of redirecting boosts if you try to open Google search page forcibly.
But all these actions are much more irritating than really dangerous. The most important danger, especially for people who have a lot of confidential information in their internet browsers, is installed in data collecting functionalities. Cookie files, conversations, often-visited websites, and various other activities are easily gathered by Live-Secure hijacker.
How to remove Live-Secure search hijacker?
- Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware.
- Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware and perform a “Standard scan“.
- “Move to quarantine” all items.
- Open “Tools” tab – Press “Reset Browser Settings“.
- Select proper browser and options – Click “Reset”.
- Restart your computer.
Browser hijackers are almost always very easy to delete. In many cases, they have an independent application that can be seen in the list of installed programs. As a result of the particular distribution manner of Live-Secure hijacker, it can be easily tracked and removed by hand. However, if you got Live-Secure in the bundle with a free program, your computer might be infected with a lot more serious malware – trojans, spyware or even ransomware. That’s why I’d recommend you utilize anti-malware tools to delete the Live-Secure PUA and all various other malware.
You can utilize Microsoft Defender2 – it is capable of discovering and clearing away different malware, including mentioned hijacker. Nevertheless, serious malware, that can be present on your PC in the mentioned case, can disable the Windows antimalware tool by editing the Group Policies. To avoid such situations, it is better to utilize GridinSoft Anti-Malware.
To detect and remove all malicious applications on your computer with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, it’s better to use Standard or Full scan. Quick Scan is not able to find all the malicious programs, because it checks only the most popular registry entries and folders.
You can spectate the detected viruses sorted by their possible hazard till the scan process. But to choose any actions against the viruses, you need to wait until the scan is over, or to stop the scan.
To choose the action for every detected malicious or unwanted program, click the arrow in front of the name of the detected malware. By default, all malware will be moved to quarantine.
Reset browser settings to original ones
To reset your browser settings, you are required to use the Reset Browser Settings option. This action cannot be counteracted by any malicious program, hence, you will surely see the result. This action can be located in the Tools tab.
After pressing the Reset Browser Settings option, the menu will be displayed, where you can specify, which settings will be reverted to the original.
Deleteing Live-Secure hijacker manually
Besides using anti-malware software for browser restoration, you may choose the “Reset browser settings” function, which is usually embedded in all popular browsers.
To reset Edge, do the following steps :
- Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option :
- After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original :
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions :
- Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information” :
- In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option :
After choosing this option, you will see the next message :
If you use Google Chrome
- Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button :
- In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” :
- Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default :
Opera can be reset in the next way
- Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option :
- After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown :
As an afterword, I want to say that time plays against you and your PC. The activity of browser hijacker must be stopped as soon as possible, because of the possibility of other malware injection. This malware can be downloaded autonomously, or offered for you to download in one of the windows with advertisements, which are shown to you by the hijacker. You need to act as fast as you can.
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Browser hijackers are among the largest and also disruptive kinds of malware. I published this article to help you, so I wish you will help me to make the computer world completely clean of malware. Please, share this article in the social networks you use – Twitter, Reddit, Facebook – wherever. Wilbur Woodham
How to Remove Live-Secure?
Description: Live-Secure - a lot of users became a victim of browser hijacker. I have a lot of friends who literally bombed me with the questions like “how to remove Live-Secure?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with Live-Secure (Live-secure.xyz), which may corrupt your browser’s correct performance, and create a lot of troubles while you are working.
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Browser Hijacker
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