Shield My Searches
Shield My Searches is a browser extension that promises private browsing. Apparently, its motto is “Browse anonymously stop search engines from tracking you.” Therefore, we find it odd that the application may ask for a permission to view users’ browsing history, which can reveal not only used search keywords but also visited websites and other information that could be used to track a user. Thus, it does not surprise us that it got classified as a potentially unwanted program. If you did not know this before and now you wish to delete Shield My Searches, you could use our removal instructions that are available at the end of this article. They can guide you through the deletion process step by step. If you need more assistance or want to ask something about the extension, you could leave us a message in the comments section available at the end of this page.
Users could encounter Shield My Searches while visiting its official website (shieldmysearches.com) or the Chrome Web Store page (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/shield-my-searches/bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd). Naturally, knowing that it is a potentially unwanted program, it would not surprise us if the extension was travelling with bundled software installers and pop-up ads as many similar applications get to be spread through such channels. Naturally, to avoid potentially unwanted programs, we recommend against downloading tools offered on questionable ads or file-sharing web pages. Also, it is crucial to read more than the chosen application’s description. In addition, users should read about the tool’s developers and search for reviews from cybersecurity specialists and the program’s users.
Next, we ought to discuss the extensions working manner. It seems like at the moment of writing the application works only on Google Chrome browsers, so if you are using a different browser, we doubt you could encounter it. Upon its installation Shield My Searches might ask you for a couple permissions. The first one ought to be to read your browsing history. If you provide Shield My Searches with such permission, it might be able to see your search keywords, visited websites, clicked ads, and data alike. As we mentioned earlier it is a strange request considering that the extension’s description suggests that the tool does not track users.
The second permission that the extension might ask could be a permission to “Change your search settings to: shieldmysearches.com.” As a result, your default search engine ought to be replaced with the mentioned search website. The application’s description might say that with it, you will be able to get “private search experience from your browser.” However, even if Shield My Searches search engine will not track you, the extension itself might be able to do so by viewing your browsing history. If you did not already know, popular browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have the so-called incognito modes, so if you are using either of these browsers, you do not need to install any additional tools to surf the Internet in private and without being tracked.
If you do not think you can fully trust a potentially unwanted program and fear that it could view your browsing history, we recommend using your browser’s private browsing mode instead. There are a couple of ways to remove Shield My Searches if you regret adding it to your browser. According to our researchers, the potentially unwanted program can be deleted via Google Chrome’s settings. The task should not be too complicated, but if you need any guidance, feel free to use the instructions we display below this paragraph. There is one other thing you could do if you decide to get rid of this potentially unwanted program. To be more precise, you could delete Shield My Searches by performing a full system scan with a reliable antimalware tool that could take care of the undesirable browser extension.
Erase Shield My Searches