Privacy SafeGuard Adware
Also Known As: Privacy SafeGuard Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Moderate
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Privacy SafeGuard - how to remove this adware?
What is Privacy SafeGuard?
The Privacy SafeGuard browser add-on claims to protect users' privacy whilst surfing the Internet. It is developed to work with Google Chrome, and while its initiative to protect Internet users from privacy issues is valid, this browser plug-in has some downsides. For example, it displays unwanted ads that computer users may find difficult to remove. Moreover, it is unclear which company is responsible for developing and supporting this product. If computer users wish to protect their computers and browsers from potential threats, they should opt for trusted browser plug-ins products such as WOT, SiteAdvisor, and BrowserDefender.
Inadvertent browser plug-in installation can occur when users install free software downloaded from the Internet. Since Privacy SafeGuard is ad supported, it may be bundled with free software for monetization purposes. To avoid installation of unwanted browser toolbars and add-ons, which may lead to redirects and unwanted ad issues, computer users should install free software with caution - always check each installation window carefully, opting out out of any browser add-ons and disallowing changes to the browser homepage and default search engine.
Although Privacy SafeGuard is not directly linked to malware or virus infections, having this browser add-on installed on your computer is not recommended. It displays unwanted advertising, diminishes Internet browsing performance, and is developed by an unknown company. If you care about computer safety, opt for browser add-ons developed by reputable security companies. To remove this unwanted browser extension, follow this removal guide.
- What is Privacy SafeGuard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Privacy SafeGuard application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Privacy SafeGuard add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Privacy SafeGuard plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Privacy SafeGuard extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Privacy SafeGuard adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs"
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Privacy SafeGuard", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Privacy SafeGuard adware, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Privacy SafeGuard adware removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Privacy SafeGuard adware from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Privacy SafeGuard" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of Privacy SafeGuard, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Privacy SafeGuard adware from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Privacy SafeGuard", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.
If you continue having problems with the removal of Privacy SafeGuard add-on, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
At time of testing, Privacy SafeGuard extension was available only for Google Chrome, however, also check other Internet browsers for possible unwanted add-ons.
Remove Text Enhance adware from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Privacy SafeGuard".
If you continue to have problems with removal of Privacy SafeGuard, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Privacy SafeGuard Adware is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Privacy SafeGuard Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of Privacy SafeGuard Adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Privacy SafeGuard Adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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