How to uninstall (remove) Adaware Secure Search

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What is Adaware Secure Search?

Adaware Secure Search (some users write Ad-aware Secure Search) is a malicious extension classified as Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). Such extensions can change homepages of browsers by own page with similar functions. Than hijacker starts to collect and share user’s personal data with third parties: PUPs usually collecting information about users device models, IP addresses, search queries, browser history, visited pages. etc. Also, Adaware Secure Search after collecting of enough amount of data, redirect browser tabs to sites with a relevant advertisement. Moreover, pop-ups with ads can be added in every new tab. Sometimes it’s difficult to get rid of PUP because it reinstalls automatically. If you want to remove Adaware Secure Search from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or IE, please read our article below.

Adaware Secure Search

How Adaware Secure Search gets on your PC?

Firstly discovered on Google Product Forum, Adaware Secure Search usually diffuses through sponsored sites, pop-ups or by emails since April 2018. Despite Adaware Secure Search is not a classical virus it may block browser settings and also redirect your Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to sites with more dangerous malware. Anyway, you should check installation processes and terms of use or every unknown software program. Also, it’s very useful to check all browser extensions and apps and check unknown sites by antiviruses.

How to remove Adaware Secure Search from your computer?

The most easy and modern way of removing pop-ups, trojans, ransomware or other viruses is to use automatic removal tools. See our Anti-malware tools below for further instructions.

Recommended Anti-malware tools:

Try Norton Antivirus

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You can try both of these products to remove Adaware Secure Search

Also, you can try to remove Adaware Secure Search pop up virus manually. For uninstalling Adaware Secure Search pop up virus remove it from Control Panel, then delete all files and registry keys.

Or uninstall Adaware Secure Search manually.

Step 1: Remove Adaware Secure Search from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Adaware Secure Search.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows XP.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Adaware Secure Search and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 7.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Adaware Secure Search, select it and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 8 (8.1).

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key) to open the Start menu, click on the Settings at the top.
  2. Click on App & features on the left menu.
  3. On the right side, locate Adaware Secure Search and click it, then click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click on Uninstall to confirm.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 10

Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for last installed programs.

After that remove Adaware Secure Search from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Adaware Secure Search from browsers

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Adaware Secure Search.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Adaware Secure Search.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open IE.
  2. Push Alt + T.
  3. Click Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click DisableAdaware Secure Search.
  6. Click More information link in the left-bottom corner.
  7. Press Remove button.
  8. If this button is grayed out – perform alternative steps.

Learn more about removing extensions from IE.

Step 3: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

Reset browser setting in Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the cogwheel in the right upper corner.
  3. Click Internet options.
  4. Got to Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Put a tick near Delete personal settings checkbox.
  7. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Internet Explorer.

Step 4: Remove following files and folders of Adaware Secure Search:

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Written by Tim Kas


  1. Firstly I have Uninstalled it with the “iObit Uninstaller” very good software. and thend I runned these 3 softwares and they did the Magic:
    *Hitman pro, *MalwareBytes and *JRT (Junkware Removal Tool).
    – The software that has downloaded this “Adaware Secure Search” is either “Bittorrent” or The “Opera Browser” which was downloaded while I was installing bittorrent. So First Uninstall this with a good Uninstaller software and after running these 3 MALWARE softwares and Restart your PC. after doing all these, go to the Firefox Options > Click the “HOME” tab and change the URL Home Page to your favorite one. I hope that will help many people.

  2. I want to say that i could not able to remove adaware search because it only comes in my mozilla firefox search engine where we see like google search engine.

    I think that this is a virus into my computer please provide me a another better resulting information so that I could remove this unwanted adaware secure search from my mozilla firefox. Thank you. But, I really and honestly want to say that this information did not work for me.

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