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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers

Google is Tracking Your Searches

Google is Tracking Your Searches is a pop-up shown to users seeking to convince them to install the Privacy Switch extension promoting, a search tool that promises to provide private web searches. If you have clicked on the Google is Tracking Your Searches advertisement accidentally, we suggest that you remove the extension installed on your Google Chrome browser without consideration because you will be forced to use its search tool every day, and, unfortunately, this might result in some problems. Specialists working at cannot confirm either that this search tool can be fully trusted, so it would be best to replace it with a search provider of your choice. Decent search tools are never promoted by deceptive advertisements like Google is Tracking Your Searches and never will be, which again proves that is not a page you should keep set in the place of your default search provider. It can only be deleted from browsers by removing its extension Privacy Switch through the add-ons manager. Never keep software/search engines that you see in front of your eyes but do not know anything about their appearance because it is very likely that they are completely unreliable.

You have made a mistake if you have clicked the button located on Google is Tracking Your Searches because the extension that has been installed on your PC promotes a suspicious search tool. It promises to keep users’ “searches a secret from prying eyes and other 3rd parties,” but, unfortunately, it is not exactly what it claims to be in reality. Researchers working at say that this search tool has several obvious drawbacks. According to them, it might show third-party links, display the modified search results when a search query is entered in its box, and, finally, it might even collect information about users. Yes, you have understood correctly – it might track users itself even though it promises to enable them to perform web searches anonymously. It should not gather any personal details. It is more likely that it is interested in such non-personally identifiable details as search queries, websites users tend to visit, links they click on, and more. We cannot prove that it will keep the collected data to itself only, so, as a consequence, we also cannot confirm that your privacy will be safe if you use on a daily basis.

The Privacy Switch extension for Google Chrome that sets on this browser can be downloaded from the Chrome store (, so there are some users (at the time of writing, 5 293 users) who have installed this extension from this source. Without a doubt, not all the users download and install this extension willingly. Recent research has shown that this piece of software is also spread via deceptive Google is Tracking Your Searches pop-up advertisements. These ads claim that Google tracks users to build a profile about them, and, on top of that, users are told that they can put an end to this with the click of a button. There are two possible reasons why this advertisement appears on users’ screens: first, a user has opened an untrustworthy page; second, there is an untrustworthy application, most probably, adware actively working on the system. In most cases, adware enters PCs bundled with third-party software, so it is not surprising that so many users do not know anything about its presence. Install security software so that similar untrustworthy applications generating ads could not enter your system.

Luckily, the extension promoting can be removed quite easily, so it should not be extremely hard to delete this search tool. First, open the list of Chrome add-ons, locate the undesirable extension, select it, and click the recycle bin button next to it. Our step-by-step instructions located below this article should help you to get rid of this extension easier; however, if you find them basically useless, you should delete the undesirable piece of software automatically. We cannot promise that all the tools will be capable of deleting it, so install only a trustworthy tool that gets updates periodically.

How to delete manually

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and tap Alt+F.
  2. Select More tools and click Extensions.
  3. Select the extension from the list and click the recycle bin button next to it.
  4. Click Remove in the pop-up window.

Get rid of Google is Tracking Your Searches pop-ups

Delete suspicious software

Windows XP

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel and open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select the untrustworthy application and then click the Remove button to delete it.

Windows 7/Vista/8/8.1/10

  1. Tap Win+R.
  2. Type Control Panel and press Enter.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Select the undesirable program and click Uninstall.

Reset Google Chrome to default

  1. Open Google Chrome and press Alt+F.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Go down and click Advanced.
  4. Click Reset under Reset.
  5. Click the Reset button.
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