Google hijacked in Firefox

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Google hijacked by https://www.searchencrypt.com/search?eq=7buN3wW%2BTmjyobKDgBD8X643alvLjHyhwe8LPxbEnaE%3D

Every time I search using Google in Firefox I get this crap.

In Chrome, it works fine.

How do I get rid of this & prevent it in the future?

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Hello Richard,

Every time I search using Google in Firefox I get this crap.

By that do you mean that you are on the Google web-page and are submitting your query on the page? Or are you using a search bar integrated within the Firefox browser?

There are a couple ways what you describe can occur and the answer to the above will help me determine which method you will need to perform to halt the behavior.
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I have Google bookmarked in Firefox. When I open it, it looks like the attached, that little thing below forces me to a bunch of advertising web sites that advertise whatever I am searching for. You click the VERY top one, opens another page with a bunch more, etc.

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EDIT: To remove searchencrypt, you can use the free version of Malwarebytes to remove it:
or the free version of IObit Uninstaller 8 Free:
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Richard KortsBusiness Owner / Chief Developer

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Paul,

I tried IObit Uninstaller 8 Free, getting it to work without spending anything is almost as bad as the Google Hijacker.

Free is BULL SHIT
just saying - i had never spent ONE RED CENT to use the free version of IObit Uninstaller―the interface is not really that intuitive, but the app works very well.

in fact i find it so useful that, last August, i paid $20 CAD for a 14 month subscription for IObit Uninstaller Pro

of course, this is just MY point of view and NO i do not work or have any other monetary relationship with this company

same thing with Malwarebytes―i used the free app for a long time, then i had the opportunity to purchase 3 LIFETIME licenses for the paid version in 2012 for $55 CAD

i don't want to start a flame war over this, i just wanted to give a second point of view

Respectfully,  Paul
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OK, I understand. Sorry for my anger, it is just that it seems that almost everything on the web that says free, isn't, unless you figure out the navigation that.

I downloaded malwarebytes (they said free version), I haven't tried it yet, I'm too busy, so I'm just using Chrome for now.

I have used malwarebytes before, it worked VERY well.

I'll try it in a few days
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Install Should I Remove It and look at the installed application ratings
https://www.shouldiremoveit.com/
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Malware Bytes (a VERY appropriate name) did the job AND it was free. I think only for 30 days or something, I will gladly buy it after that.

Richard
thanks for the points & good luck - although the full version of Malwarebytes should prevent this from happening again.

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