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Danger level 6
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine is a search engine that is distributed through a browser add-on called Search Privacy. You should remove this search engine if it happens to replace your browser’s search engine, homepage or new tab page because of the fact that it can do it without your authorization or knowledge. Also, you might want to get rid of it because it can gather anonymous information about you and use it to subject you to advertisements that it features in its search results. In short, this seemingly reliable-looking search engine can cause you many problems. If you are still on the fence about deleting it, please read this whole article.

Let us get right into it and delve into the most important information. Search Privacy is a browser add-on for Google Chrome that should be released for Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer in due time. Our research has shown that, although this add-on is supposed to make your Internet searches private, it does not make them private at all because its only objective is to replace your browser’s current search engine. You may argue that in a sense it will make your searches private, but the problem is that it this application only replaces one search engine that collects information for another one that can be arguably worse.

We have found that was designed to replace your browser’s default search engine in order to subject you to commercial advertisements featured in its search results. Indeed, its search results can host promotional links and ads that may look legitimate but might not be legitimate at all. We fear that, like many shady search engines of its type, will render links that redirect to phishing, fake online shopping, or malware distributing websites. In short, it might compromise your computer’s security.

Now, to subject you to more relevant promotional links that may have some connection with your personal interests and demographics, this search engine was designed to collect information about you. As stated in’s privacy policy, it can obtain information that includes your Internet Protocol (IP) address, search terms, ads clicked, search preferences and search results. This information helps the search engine automatically select more relevant links to display in your search results.

Now let us move on to how this search engine and its accompanying browser add-on are distributed. Our research revealed that this search engine, along with Search Privacy, was put up for download on a dedicated website at Also, it is featured on the Chrome Web Store and we found that it might even be bundled with third-party installers that can be used to install Search Privacy on your PC without your authorization.

While is not a malicious search engine, it is unreliable because it comes from an unknown entity. Our research has concluded that this search engine can collect information about your browsing preferences to customize and tailor commercial advertisements and promotional links featured in its search results to make money. However, the promoted content can be malicious in nature, so we suggest that you remove and its accompanying browser extension as soon as the opportunity arises.

Remove from Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Open More tools.
  3. Select Extensions.
  4. Find Search Privacy.
  5. Click Remove.
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