How to remove Privado.com (Virus Removal Guide)

Privado

Privado.com is a website that pretends to be a private search engine but instead of being private it uses cookies, tracks what you search for online, reads and changes your browsing data, replaces browser settings, and shows targeted advertisements. The website uses browser attachments such as add-ons and extensions to do its dirty work. The extensions will modify browser settings and force users to redirect to the website when they launch a new browser window, open a new browser tab, or search the web. Due to these actions and others, Privado.com is often associated with the term “Privado virus” or “Privado.com redirect virus” and categorized as a browser hijacker infection.

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The purpose of the Privado.com website and affiliated browser attachment is to intercept what you search for online by forcing you to briefly redirect to their website. For example, when you search the web you will be redirected to Privado.com and then to another website such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo. This is done in order to obtain the searched term and drop tracking files on your computer before sending you to a suitable search engine to remain undetected.

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Browser add-ons and extensions affiliated with the website such as Privado Private Search may have permissions that allow them to perform tasks that users may find undesirable. The affiliated web attachments may read your browsing history, read and change your data on a number of sites, change your search settings, and much more. In addition, the attachments can read your personal data even while you are in incognito mode.

How to remove Privado.com (Virus Removal Guide)

The instructions on this page explain how to remove the Privado virus and stop unwanted browser redirects to Privado.com and other websites.

step 1

Remove browser attachments

Browser add-ons and extensions may have permissions that allow them to perform tasks users may find unwanted. We recommend that you check for unwanted browser add-ons and extensions on each internet browser installed on your computer. If you find a suspicious browser add-on or extensions make sure to disable and remove it.

Google Chrome

1. Open the menu google chrome menu and go to More tools > Extensions

2. Click the Remove button

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the menu and go to Add-ons

2. Click the Remove button

step 2

Scan your computer for malware and viruses

Malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, potentially unwanted programs, and viruses may be present on your computer. We recommend that you scan your computer with Malwarebytes to detect and remove known threats.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, click the blue Scan button to begin scanning your computer for malware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs. The scan may take several minutes to complete.

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3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

4. Reboot your computer.

step 3

Cleanup

Tracking files allow bad guys to track you online and changes to the Windows registry can cause numerous problems. Clean up your computer’s registry, remove tracking files, and remove junk files from your computer with CCleaner by Piriform.

1. Download and install CCleaner. CCleaner will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

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2. Once CCleaner is installed, click the Take my PC Health Check button or go to Health Check > Next and follow the instructions to begin checking your PC’s health.

3. When the scan is complete, click Make it better button to remove trackers, remove junk files, disable startup apps, and more.

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4.  Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues to check your computer for registry issues.

5. When the scan is complete, click Fix selected Issues, backup the registry, and click Fix Issue or Fix All Issues.

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