- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
If your web browsers have recently started opening a new page Privacyassistant.net instead of another URL set by you, this must be a sign that malware has entered your system successfully. Specifically speaking, the changes you see applied to your browsers are the result of the successful entrance of a browser hijacker. Most probably, it has only set Privacyassistant.net as your homepage, but we would not be surprised at all if you tell us that your default search tool and a New Tab URL have been altered as well because browser hijackers can apply any changes they want after hijacking users’ browsers. Although Privacyassistant.net does not differ much from legitimate search tools available, it is, undoubtedly, not exactly what it claims to be. That is, it is not a reputable search tool you should use for performing web searches. We do not think that it can enhance your web searching experience either because the in-depth analysis carried out by specialists at pcthreat.com has clearly shown that its search results page consists of the modified search results. You should know that it is not the only drawback it has – find more about this browser hijacker further in this article. We have high hopes that you will make a clever decision and erase it from your web browsers after reading this article and finding out what it is capable of.
Privacyassistant.net allows users to search for images, videos, and news like other legitimate search providers do; however, you should be very careful with this search engine because it is not what it seems to be. That is, it is not a decent search provider. Its main drawback is the presence of the modified search results on the search results page it opens. It is hard to say which of the search results Privacyassistant.net displays are those modified ones because they are very similar to ordinary search results. Despite similarities in appearance, it does not take long for specialists to recognize them because they usually open websites that do not contain any information associated with the search query entered by a user. They simply drive traffic to third-party pages thus improving their rates. This might not sound very dangerous at first, but you should know that you might land on a corrupted page one day. We consider a website “corrupted” when it contains bad applications inside or try to convince users to enter personal details so that its owner could expensively sell this information in the black market. Speaking about the collection of information, Privacyassistant.net is not innocent in this sense either. Researchers have managed to reveal that it might track users and collect information about them either.
According to researchers at pcthreat.com, there is basically no doubt that the browser hijacker has entered your system illegally and then set Privacyassistant.net on browsers. Most probably, this infection has arrived on your computer next to free software promoted on such websites as filewon.com, filewin.com, malavida.es, and descargar.es. If the reason it has changed the settings of your browsers is different, you must still eliminate Privacyassistant.net from browsers because it is more likely that this search tool will expose you to potential threats rather than improve your web searching experience in any way.
If you have become the victim of the browser hijacker and already see the changes applied to your browsers, it does not mean that you cannot undo them and set a new search provider of your choice. What you should do to remove the undesirable page from your browsers is to reset them to default one by one. Our removal guide (you will find it if you scroll down) will help you to remove it, so it is not a huge problem if you have never in your life tried resetting any of your web browsers.