Have you downloaded Search Privacy? If you have, your default search provider must have been corrupted. Although Searchprivacy.live is set as the default provider, you are actually redirected to Searchprivacy.co search results every time you enter keywords into the address bar of your web browser. At the time of research, the extension was compatible with Google Chrome, but, according to the official information on the official download page – which is also Searchprivacy.live – the extension should also become compatible with Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers soon. Obviously, we suggest deleting Search Privacy regardless of which web browser it takes over. If you continue reading, you will learn why you should eliminate this unreliable extension and the browser hijacker that is bundled with it. If that is already clear to you, and you care only about the removal, scroll down to find useful instructions.
The suspicious Search Privacy extension is officially introduced at Searchprivacy.live, but the installer is found at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-privacy/ccchgpflllapfcnllmdncjhckclmmcfh. This is not the first Chrome webstore page that was set up to promote the extension. In the past, a different page was promoting Search Privacy, and that version of the extension was used to corrupt web browsers with the Searchprivacy.co hijacker. This search engine, as mentioned already, is associated with the threat we are discussing in this report too. Although they appear to be unique and different, these threats are completely identical, and we do not recommend messing with either of them. Although it is suggested that you would be able to surf the browser in a much safer manner if you downloaded the extension from Searchprivacy.live, that is not the case at all. This search tool is unlikely to delete malicious links from the search results shown to you. On the contrary, it is likely to add third-party links, and these are unpredictable. This is why we suggest removing the extension and the hijacker immediately.
When you install Search Privacy, it adds a button to the Chrome browser. Using this button, you allegedly can switch “privacy” on and off. If you switch it off, you are shown normal search results via a normal search engine; however, that does not mean you are safe because the extension can still record your virtual activity. If you switch the privacy on, you are redirected via Searchprivacy.live to Searchprivacy.co, and the results shown via this engine, as we already discussed, are unpredictable. Unfortunately, it is possible that you could be shown unreliable links. Even if you enjoy the tool for whatever reason, the smart thing to do is to replace Searchprivacy.live with a search tool that is reputable and trustworthy. Of course, you want to be selective about the replacement you choose because you do not want to worry about the search tool you use ever again.
Is Search Privacy the only suspicious piece of software you need to delete from your web browser and your operating system overall? If you installed it from the Chrome webstore, that could be the case. However, if you let this strange extension in via an unfamiliar installer, the chances are that other threats exist too. In some cases, it can be extremely difficult to determine whether or not malware exists, which is why we advise using a malware scanner. A legitimate and up-to-date scanner will let you know if you need to remove Searchprivacy.live hijacker along with any other threats. When it comes to the removal part, install an anti-malware program to have all threats erased automatically. If you do not want that, you need to figure out how to erase malware yourself. The instructions below show how to remove Search Privacy.