What is Search Privacy?
Search Privacy is an extension that promises to “protect your privacy every time you search” if you download and install it. The extension can be downloaded from its homepage info.searchprivacy.co (Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer versions are available for download there) and the Chrome Web Store (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-privacy/aeemepphecjaofoopdmhfahejdcnlpia). Judging from the rate of downloads, Search Privacy is not an extremely popular piece of software because Google Chrome users have downloaded it 18 225 times in total. Of course, everything might change quickly. We have to say that not all the users install this extension willingly. Researchers have revealed that this software might sneak onto computers without permission too. If you cannot remember downloading it too, remove Search Privacy without further consideration. Of course, you should also not keep it if you have installed Search Privacy yourself but do not find it useful at all. Fortunately, it will not be very difficult to erase the extension from browsers.
What does Search Privacy do?
Search Privacy says that it will protect your privacy if you install it on your computer. It is explained that it will redirect all your search queries through SearchPrivacy.co in order not to allow ordinary search engines to track your searches and gather information about you. You can be sure that all your search queries are redirected to the search engine used by Search Privacy if you see a message at the top of your browser “Redirection Enabled: Your search has been redirected to SearchPrivacy.co to prevent tracking & profiling by other search engines.” It seems to us that Search Privacy is not the most trustworthy and beneficial browser extension even though it is said that users who want to keep the personal information and browsing-related details to themselves will definitely find it useful. Unfortunately, researchers have managed to find out that SearchPrivacy.co used by Search Privacy might also show advertisements promoting third-party websites. In addition, it is known that it might also record non-personally identifiable information. As can be seen, Search Privacy also has drawbacks, and nobody knows whether it really acts the way it promises to. Therefore, you should consider carefully whether you really want to keep such an extension installed.
Another suspicious fact about Search Privacy is that it requires permissions to read and change all your data on the websites you visit as well as communicate with other websites. In most cases, decent extensions do not need these permissions, so there is a small possibility that Search Privacy is not that trustworthy and might even be a threat to your privacy. If you wish to feel safe, delete the Search Privacy extension from your browsers and then install security software on your PC in order not to allow other questionable extensions to enter the system.
Where does Search Privacy come from?
Officially, Search Privacy can be downloaded from its official website or the Chrome Web Store; however, it is known that this piece of software might find other ways to sneak onto computers as well. For example, specialists at anti-spyware-101.com have found that this software might come bundled with other applications as well and thus enter computers without permission. Believe us; there are many other threats that might find a way to your computer, so you need to be very careful all the time. Of course, it is not enough to be careful to protect the system from harm. We highly recommend that you install security software on your computer as well.
How to delete Search Privacy
Your search queries will no longer be redirected through SearchPrivacy.co, and you will not see any ads if you remove the Search Privacy extension from your browsers. All you need to do is to access the Add-ons Manager, locate the extension, and then remove it. If it is your first time, follow our step by step removal guide that is placed below this article. You can also remove Search Privacy by scanning the system with an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. This method is definitely quicker and easier, so we suggest employing the automatic method if you consider yourself an inexperienced computer user.
Remove Search Privacy
- Open your browser and tap Alt+F.
- Open More Tools.
- Click Extensions.
- Locate the extension you wish to remove and click on the trash button.
- Click Remove.
- Open your browser and tap Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously.
- Open Extensions.
- Locate the unwanted extension.
- Remove it.
- Open your browser and tap Alt+T.
- Open Internet Options and click on the Advanced tab.
- Click Reset.
- Find the Delete personal settings box and mark it.
- Click Reset again.
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