Privacy Search Plus
Privacy Search Plus is recognized as a deceptive browser extension with low trust and user rating. The Privacy Search Plus extension is primarily advertised on websites that bolster malware, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, spyware, and contain unethical content (streaming videos, torrents, pornography). To make matters worse, the Privacy Search Plus extension has a lot of intrusive permissions that can invade your privacy, change your settings, and is it known to be difficult to remove.
The Privacy Search Plus extension can read and change all your data on the websites you visit. It can also communicate with unknown cooperating website, manage your apps, extensions, and themes, and change your search settings to a new website. The extension will additionally change your new tab settings to a new website and alter other various browser settings which will cause your affected browser to redirect to an unwanted website when you search the web using the address bar, open a new browser window, or open a new browser tab. The publisher generates revenue from advertisements and sponsored search content, as well as information it might collect about you and your online habits.
The Privacy Search Plus extension does not mention that it will modify browser settings after it is installed. It does not mention that it will change your homepage, start page, new tab page, and default search engine prior to installment.
The extension is promoted as a free browser extension that allows you to search the web without being tracked like major websites are known to do. In reality, the extension redirects you to a major website such as search.yahoo.com and others. This suggests that the extension is only used to gather your information and generate revenue based off of deceptive marketing.
As previously mentioned, the Privacy Search Plus extension is advertised on websites that also advertise malware, adware, spyware, and other malicious threats. This means that if you found Privacy Search Plus attached to your internet browser without your consent or knowledge it is likely that your computer picked-up other malicious programs that should be eradicated to ensure your privacy and safety.
It has been reported that the Privacy Search Plus extension or browser extensions similar to it can also be automatically installed without user consent and knowledge by third-party malware, adware, and download managers. These third-party objects will also infect your computer with additional malware and other threats.
How to remove the Privacy Search Plus extension, viruses, and malware
This Privacy Search Plus removal guide will help you remove the Privacy Search Plus extension, viruses, malware, and other threats from your computer. Follow each step below to remove this infection and protect yourself, friends, and your family from cyber criminals.
- Step 1: Remove Privacy Search Plus extension
- Step 2: Remove malware with Malwarebytes Anti-malware
- Step 3: Check your computer for malicious trace files with HitmanPro
- Step 4: Clean up and fix system issues with CCleaner
- Step 5: Manually repair browser settings (Optional)
1. Remove Privacy Search Plus extension
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.
2. Click the trashcan icon next to the Chrome extension you want to remove.
1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.
2. Click Remove next to the Firefox add-on you want to remove.
1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.
2. Select the Internet Explorer add-on you want to remove with your mouse and click Remove.
1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
2. Click the Uninstall button next to the Safari extension you want to remove.
2. Remove malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Open your browser window and download Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free.
- Open the executable file (mb3-setup.exe) to begin installing Malwarebytes.
- Select your language, click Next, then select “I accept the agreement,” click the Next button several times, and then click the Install button to install Malwarebytes. Click Finish once the install process is complete.
- Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button on the Dashboard to begin scanning your computer.
- Click the Quarantine Selected button once the scan is finished.
- If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.
3. Check your computer for malicious trace files with HitmanPro
- Open your browser window and download HitmanPro.
- Open the executable file (hitmanpro_x64.exe or hitmanpro_x32.exe) to begin installing HitmanPro.
- Click the Next button, check “I accept the terms of the license agreement,” and click the Next button again.
- On the Setup page select “Yes, create a copy of HitmanPro so I can regularly scan this computer (recommended)” and add your email address to the registration fields to begin the free trial.
- Click Next to begin scanning your computer.
- Once the Scan results are displayed click the Next button and click the Next button again on the Removal results page.
4. Clean up and fix system issues with CCleaner
- Open your browser window and download CCleaner Professional or CCleaner Free.
- Open the executable file (ccsetup.exe or other) to begin installing CCleaner.
- Click the Install button to begin stalling the program.
- Click Run CCleaner to open the program when installation is complete.
- Select the Cleaner tab and click the Analyze button.
- When the Analyze process is complete click the Run Cleaner button to clean all files.
- Next, select the Registry tab and click the Scan for Issues button to scan for issues in your registry.
- When the scan is complete click the Fix selected Issues button and Fix All Selected Issues button to fix the issues.
- Next, select the Tools tab and click Startup. Examine each area, search for suspicious entries, and delete any suspicious startup entries by selecting the entry and clicking the Delete button.
- Next, click Browser Plugins and search each internet browser for unwanted browser add-ons and extensions. Click the extension you want to delete and click the Delete button to remove it.