What is Search.myprivacyswitch.com?
When Search.myprivacyswitch.com is set as your default search engine on the Chrome browser, you might think that your computer was infected with a browser hijacker. However, this search engine comes as a supplement of a browser extension that any user can add to their browser if they want to. Of course, if it was not your intention to change your default search engine, then it is more than obvious that you have to remove Search.myprivacyswitch.com from your system immediately. Fortunately, we have come up with the manual removal instructions that you can find right below this description. Use it to get rid of the unwanted application.
Where does Search.myprivacyswitch.com come from?
As mentioned, this search engine is not a stand-alone affair. It comes with the Privacy Switch extension that can be downloaded from various sources. First, it has an official website, so you can add it to your Chrome browser via mypryvacyswitch.com. This seems to be a common feature of several Chrome extensions, all of which come with search engines that automatically take the spot of your default search provider.
Of course, if you are reading this description, you clearly do not want this search engine or the extension. Nevertheless, we feel we have to point out that Privacy Switch can also be added to your browser via the Chrome Web Store. So this application does not strike as something dangerous, especially when it can be accessed via official sources.
Why then, is Search.myprivacyswitch.com there on your browser, when you do not remember installing it? It is because there are other distribution methods this program obviously uses. For instance, it could be bundled in a software package that is available for download from various file-sharing websites. When users come across third-party installers promising to help them install the apps they need, they seldom stop to think that perhaps there is more to it. Perhaps this installer comes with additional applications that might not be that good.
Likewise, Search.myprivacyswitch.com may also be added to your browser via a redirect. For instance, if you click a pop-up ad on some random website, it is very likely that the ad will redirect you to yet another commercial site that is part of freeware distribution network. In some cases, Privacy Switch might be added to your browser even without any notification. Then it is an obvious breach of your privacy.
What does Search.myprivacyswitch.com do?
Judging from the official website, this extension should help users “keep your searches private.” This tool is promoted as an application that “helps protect you by stopping your searches from being tracked.” That sounds like a good plan, but the extension does tell you that it will track your online activity in exchange.
It will also change your default search engine to Search.myprivacyswitch.com (as you can obviously tell), and with that, it will able to display third-party links, modify your search results, and collect information on which websites you visit on a regular basis. What’s more, the search engine it adds to your browser does not work, so it is a complete waste of your time.
Of course, from this, we can see that Search.myprivacyswitch.com is more annoying than dangerous, but why would you keep an application that only interferes with your web browsing experience? Not to mention, this program could be exploited by malevolent third parties to promote corrupted content. Unwittingly, this extension could become a medium for malware distribution, and that is definitely something you should not tolerate.
How do I remove Search.myprivacyswitch.com?
It is not complicated to terminate this intruder. All you have to do is remove the extension via Chrome settings. On the other hand, let us not forget that this application probably entered your system in a software package. Therefore, you are bound to have more unfamiliar apps on-board, and some of them could be quite dangerous.
To locate and terminate all the potential threats, scan your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner. Relying on a licensed antispyware tool is the most efficient way to ensure your system’s security. Of course, you should also be careful about the websites you frequent because there are potentially harmful applications hiding everywhere. Be sure you check the legitimacy of a link before you click one.
Manual Search.myprivacyswitch.com Removal
- Open the Chrome browser.
- Press Alt+F and click More tools.
- Go to Extensions and delete Privacy Switch from the list.
- Restart your browser for the changes to take effect.
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