Privacy SafeGuard Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
Privacy SafeGuard - how to remove this adware?
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.
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". Look for "Privacy SafeGuard", select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "Privacy SafeGuard", select this entry and click 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 Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Privacy SafeGuard", select this entry and click on the trash can icon.
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 Privacy SafeGuard adware from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Privacy SafeGuard" and disable it.
Remove Text Enhance adware from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Privacy SafeGuard".
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.