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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is promoted as a privacy-friendly search tool. It promises not to record search queries and personally-identifiable information about users, but it has definitely not given up recording non-personally identifiable information which might reveal some information about you too. To be frank, it is not the only drawback it has. Researchers at have revealed that the search results it shows consist of the so-called modified search results which might be potentially dangerous. Second, it seems that it is capable of showing up on users’ browsers without their knowledge because researchers could not find its official website and users who find on their browsers claim that they have not changed their browsers’ settings willingly either. Because of this, this search tool which should ensure the private web searching is usually classified as a browser hijacker. There is no proof that this browser hijacker does not collect sensitive information. On top of that, it seems that it has serious drawbacks too. Therefore, our specialists suggest getting rid of it right after you finish reading this article. We are sure you will have your own personal opinion about this page by the end of this report.

We have no evidence that works the way it promises to, i.e. makes it possible to perform web searches privately; however, we are sure that it has its own drawbacks. Research carried out by our specialists has clearly shown that. It has revealed that modified search results might be displayed for users. They are not shown to users to enhance their browsing experience. Instead, the only purpose they have is to help the developer to earn revenue. The more users click on them, the more money the developer of gets. This is considered the main drawback because this shows that users might be taken to untrustworthy third-party pages if they use this search tool. Even if it really turns out that this search provider does not record any personally-identifiable information about users, it, without a doubt, has no control over third-party websites users are redirected to after clicking on these modified search results it shows, so users still cannot feel save 100%. Luckily, it does not mean that there are no other trustworthy search tools available. Our security specialists suggest going to replace with Google or Yahoo!, which are considered reputable search providers. As you must have understood, it is not very likely that you could perform completely private web searches if you keep it.

The Privacy Policy document of informs users that this search tool does not record personally-identifiable information. In addition, it is stated there that it “gave up collecting your web searches, including but not limited, your IP address, click ID and this information is not saved on our servers and not logged in a way that we could identify you or be traced back to you.” We do not know whether or not it is true, but, as the previous experience of our specialists has shown, search tools that are capable of showing up on browsers without getting the direct permission from users are never trustworthy. Consequently, should not be trusted blindly either.

The official website of Myprivatesearch, a browser extension promoting the search engine, does not exist, which shows that other distribution methods are used to spread this piece of software. Most probably, just like other browser hijackers do, it is spread through bundled malicious installers. Unfortunately, dubious search tools are rarely spread alone. Therefore, we believe that untrustworthy applications developed by third parties have managed to enter your system too. All these programs must be deleted from the system as soon as possible because their presence might result in security-related problems. Some of them might be threats to your online privacy too.

What users need to do to remove from their Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers is to delete the extension having the same name from affected web browsers one by one. It is possible to do that both manually and automatically, but it is advisable to employ the automatic method for those users who have never deleted a browser hijacker or another untrustworthy application before. You can use a malware remover of your choice, but if you cannot decide which scanner to employ, use SpyHunter – it will not disappoint you.

Delete from browsers

Internet Explorer

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Enter regedit and click OK.
  3. Open HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Locate the Start Page value.
  5. Right-click on it and select Modify.
  6. Empty the Value data field and click OK.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  3. Click on the undesirable extension.
  4. Click Remove.

Google Chrome

  1. Launch your web browser and tap Alt+F.
  2. Locate More tools on the menu and click it.
  3. Click Extensions.
  4. Select the extension you want to delete and click on the Recycle bin button.
  5. Click Remove in the pop-up window.
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