SearchPrivacy.co is the main search page for a browser hijacker.
The hijacker can change the homepage, search engine or new tab of the browsers you use. A related toolbar or extension might find its way into your browser apps.
To remove this browser hijacker and its files, you should read the full article carefully.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Browsers on your computer will have changed settings, such as the homepage, search engine and new tab.|
|Symptoms||You might be redirected from your homepage, and from the new tab, too. You can see ads in your browser delivered from the hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss SearchPrivacy.co.|
SearchPrivacy.co – Delivery Ways
SearchPrivacy can be found in third-party installation setups. Without your awareness, the hijacker could install and take over your browsers. Bundled packs and freeware installations could install the unwanted software on your PC. By default, freeware installers have more features prepared for installation like additional apps. Avoiding unwanted software from installing, you should search for Custom or Advanced options to see if you can deselect them.
The SearchPrivacy hijacker might just as well be delivered with adverts, such as banners and pop-ups. Another way of delivery is through visiting suspicious sites, on which redirects could be present. The websites are likely to be partnered under some conditions with the SearchPrivacy.co website. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
SearchPrivacy.co – More Information
SearchPrivacy.co is the main site page of a browser hijacker called SearchPrivacy. It is advertised as a browser which will block other search engines from collecting information about you. The thing is, that SearchPrivacy.co is also collecting information like any other search engine. You can see how it looks like, right here:
If a related application is inside your computer machine, then you will start seeing modifications to your browsers. The homepage, new tab page, and the search engine are among the top changed browser settings. A toolbar or a sidebar might appear in your favorite browsers, too.
You might notice a browser add-on or the extension associated with SearchPrivacy set in your browser applications. These extensions come bundled with other software located inside your computer. The extensions could redirect you to the SearchPrivacy.co website. Look at what else the extension might modify:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Communicate with cooperating websites
SearchPrivacy.co can redirect you and send information to other sites as stated above. When you use its search engine, don’t be surprised that your search queries go through the SearchPrivacy site filter can gather information about what you write. Sponsored advertisements and targeted content will display in search results. You can see an example of the search results page below:
The following information may be collected, according to the Policy:
- Your IP address and country location
- Your email address
- Your Name
- Social security numbers
- Insurance plan numbers
- Other personal information
- Search Terms
- Organic/ Web results clicked & Search Engine Overridden
- User Agent
- User search preferences
- Precise geographical location
Visiting the SearchPrivacy.co site or using associated services of it, like its apps and extensions or anything else, grants your consent for personal data collection. According to the policy, the said data which is collected can be rented, sold, or shared to third parties. Cookies also play a part in the information collection.
Remove SearchPrivacy.co Completely from Your PC
To remove SearchPrivacy.co manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal guide given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and its files effectively, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SearchPrivacy.co from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SearchPrivacy.co from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SearchPrivacy.co from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SearchPrivacy.co from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SearchPrivacy.co from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SearchPrivacy.co from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SearchPrivacy.co from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SearchPrivacy.co from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SearchPrivacy.co
Step 2: Uninstall SearchPrivacy.co and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by SearchPrivacy.co on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by SearchPrivacy.co there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SearchPrivacy.co from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SearchPrivacy.co and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove SearchPrivacy.co via Step 1 above:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove SearchPrivacy.co from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase SearchPrivacy.co from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall SearchPrivacy.co from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove SearchPrivacy.co from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the SearchPrivacy.co will be removed.
Eliminate SearchPrivacy.co from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.