Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is searchprivacy.co?
Developers present searchprivacy.co as a legitimate Internet search engine that generates improved search results and protects users' privacy.
Initially, this functionality may appear legitimate and useful, however, developers promote searchprivacy.co via deceptive software download/installation set-ups designed to modify browser options without consent. In addition, searchprivacy.co continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity.
Rogue set-ups infiltrate Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, assigning the new tab URL/default search engine/homepage browser settings to searchprivacy.co. Set-ups install a number of "helper objects" (third party browser extensions and/or programs) to reassign the aforementioned settings when attempts are made to change them.
Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users continually encounter unwanted browser redirects to searchprivacy.co, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience.
Furthermore, Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since searchprivacy.co and helper objects continually record various data that might be personally including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, and search queries - these are just some examples from many collected data types that might be personally identifiable.
Developers share these details with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal information to generate revenue. There is a high probability that data tracking will lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter unwanted redirects to searchprivacy.co, uninstall all suspicious applications/browser plug-ins and never visit this site again.
There are dozens of websites similar to searchprivacy.co. Examples include gotowebs.com, easyopenweb.com, searchgoog.ru, and many others. All offer features to significantly enhance the web browsing experience, however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy.
In fact, fake search engines are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. These sites merely cause unwanted browser redirects and collect various user/system information. They are useless for regular users.
How did searchprivacy.co install on my computer?
Developers promote searchprivacy.co via a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". All information regarding modification of browser settings is hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes.
Users often rush these procedures and skip most steps, thereby inadvertently granting set-ups permission to modify various options. Furthermore, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
This situation can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each step. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included. The key to computer safety is caution.
Website promoting searchprivacy.co Internet search engine:
A deceptive pop-up ad promoting this browser hijacker (it also redirects Internet users to privacy-search.company domain):
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- What is searchprivacy.co?
- STEP 1. Uninstall searchprivacy.co application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searchprivacy.co redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove searchprivacy.co browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searchprivacy.co homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searchprivacy.co redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
searchprivacy.co browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the searchprivacy.co website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
searchprivacy.co browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchprivacy.co and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "searchprivacy".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchprivacy browser hijacker, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Search Privacy", "Search-Privacy.club", and other recently installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://searchprivacy.co and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "searchprivacy.co" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchprivacy browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchprivacy.co and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "searchprivacy.co"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with searchprivacy browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchprivacy browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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