Closed/Inactive "Secure Search" bar appears at the top of new tab page

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Nov 28, 2016
I have a secure search bar at the top of every new tab page in Chrome and Firefox. When searching from it, it briefly shows one website (different every time) and then redirects to another (different each time as well). It is not an alternative new tab page or search engine in browser settings, it just inserted itself at the top. I have checked under extensions for both browsers and there is no sign of an application or program. Picture: Thanks for any help.

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Jan 10, 2015
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Hi there Owengee11 and welcome to PCHF :)

Please download the FRST 32 bit or FRST 64bit version to suit your operating system. It is important FRST is downloaded to your desktop.

If you are unsure if your operating system is 32 or 64 Bit please go HERE.

Once downloaded right click the FRST desktop icon and select "Run as administrator" from the menu"

If you receive any security warnings, or the User Account Control warning opens at any time whilst using FRST you can safely allow FRST to proceed.
Frst will open with two dialogue boxes, accept the disclaimer.

Accept the default whitelist options,
If the additions.txt options box is not checked please select it.
Then select "Scan"

Frst will take a few minutes to scan your computer, and when finished will produce two log files on your desktop, FRST.txt, and Addition.txt. They will display immediately on the desktop, but can be reopened later as a notepad file.

Please Copy and Paste the contents of these logs in your next post for review by our Security Team

Please download aswMBR from here
  • Save aswMBR.exe to your Desktop
  • Double click aswMBR.exe to run it
  • Click the Scan button to start the scan as illustrated below (Note that it may seem like the scan is frozen or stuck at times. It is not stuck. Please let it finish)

Note: Do not take action against any **Rootkit** entries until we have reviewed the log. Often there are false positives.
  • Once the scan finishes click Save log to save the log to your Desktop.

  • Copy and paste the contents of aswMBR.txt in your post for review by our Security Team.


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Security Team
Jul 22, 2016
Thread closed; due to lack of response by OP.~ Please send me a private message if you would like this thread re-opened for closure. :)
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