Search.privatesearch.online Redirect

Also Known As: Private Browsing by Safely browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.privatesearch.online redirect removal instructions

What is search.privatesearch.online?

Search.privatesearch.online is a website that operates as a search engine, however its developers promote it using a browser hijacker called Private Browsing by Safely. Browser hijackers are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), most of the times search engines that they are designed to promote are useless and should not be trusted. Private Browsing by Safely promotes search.privatesearch.online by changing browser's settings. Besides, like most apps of this type it collects browsing-related data.

search.privatesearch.online browser hijacker

The majority of browser hijackers can be installed on browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. As we mentioned above, Private Browsing by Safely modifies browser's settings. Once installed it changes homepage, new tab's URL and default search engine to search.privatesearch.online. This fake search engine (its address) gets visited every time a browser or new tab is opened, or a search query into URL bar is entered. If used, search.privatesearch.online displays results produced by Yahoo. In other words, its users get redirected to search.yahoo.com (a legitimate search engine). It means that search.privatesearch.online does not provide its users with any results of its own, which makes this search engine worthless. Private Browsing by Safely prevents users from changing all of the aforementioned settings, in order to change (undo) them, it is required to uninstall this browser hijacker first. Moreover, very often browser hijackers and search engines that they promote record information related to their user's browsing activities. Targeted details usually are user's geolocations, IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites and other similar info. Sometimes apps of this type collect personal details too. People behind these apps (their developers) usually share all obtained data with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Note, there is a possibility that some of those parties might include cyber criminals. These are the main reasons why various fake search engines and browser hijackers should not be used.

Threat Summary:
Name Private Browsing by Safely
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Private Browsing by Safely
Supposed Functionality Privacy protection.
Promoted URL search.privatesearch.online
Serving IP Address (search.privatesearch.online) 35.244.208.173
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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Dailymailtab.com, speedtestace.co and page-ups.com are other fake search engines, however, there are many more out there. Typically, they are promoted using various browser hijackers and supposed to be search engines that enhance browsing experience (provide users with fast searches, accurate results and other benefits). Unfortunately, most of them are completely worthless (as search engines) and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers. By using them people put their browsing safety and privacy at risk.

How did Private Browsing by Safely install on my computer?

Very often apps of this type are promoted/distributed using a "bundling" method. It is a deceptive marketing method that is used to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps together with some other, regular software. Information about bundled apps usually is not disclosed properly, it is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of software download/installation setups. When various software is downloaded and installed without checking any parts of their setups, then unwanted apps often get installed too. Another common reason behind downloads and/or installations of PUAs is clicked intrusive advertisements. Some of them are deceptive and, if clicked, run scripts designed to download and install unwanted, potentially malicious software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We do not recommend to use various third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (such as torrent clients, eMule etc.), unofficial websites and other similar sources as tools to download software. The best way to download software is using official websites and direct download links. Furthermore, all download and installation procedures should be handled properly. It is important to check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings that are included in setups and to deselect offers to download/install unwanted applications. Additionally, intrusive advertisements should not be trusted. They may look legitimate, however, by clicking them people get redirected to untrustworthy websites. Typically, ads of this type appear on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating and so on. If unwanted redirects and/or ads are a common issue, then we strongly recommend to check if there are no unwanted, unknown extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a default web browser. All entries of this kind should be removed immediately. We also recommend to see what are the installed programs on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Private Browsing by Safely, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Private Browsing by Safely browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Private Browsing by Safely browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Private Browsing by Safely browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

search.privatesearch.online browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Private Browsing by Safely"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.privatesearch.online website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Private Browsing by Safely browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.privatesearch.online related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing search.privatesearch.online from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.privatesearch.online 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:

Removing search.privatesearch.online from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "search.privatesearch.online".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the private browsing by safely 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.privatesearch.online related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Private Browsing by Safely" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.privatesearch.online from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Private Browsing by Safely", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.privatesearch.online) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.privatesearch.online from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.privatesearch.online" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the private browsing by safely browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.privatesearch.online related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Private Browsing by Safely", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.privatesearch.online from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "Private Browsing by Safely", remove hxxp://search.privatesearch.online and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.privatesearch.online from Mozilla Firefox 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: "search.privatesearch.online"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with private browsing by safely 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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove private browsing by safely browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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