SearchPrivately, or Search Privately, is an add-on that, at the moment, only Google Chrome users can acquire. Although this add-on does not have an official installer, it can be downloaded from the Chrome app store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-privately-for-chro/ilankfglddpnffknmceijpnhidchfdji. This installer is not extremely popular, and it is believed that the add-on is distributed by third parties. That is bad news because these third-party distributors could bundle the suspicious extension with much more unreliable and misleading pieces of software. While we recommend deleting SearchPrivately, there is no denying that much more serious and malicious infections exist. Hopefully, you do not need to deal with tremendously aggressive threats, but if those are found, you should remove them first. Our research team also recommends getting rid of the extension. Although it does not look extremely malicious or dangerous, it certainly is not useful, and its reliability is questionable as well.
The Chrome app installer representing SearchPrivately suggests that this extension is great because it can keep your search history private. Needless to say, if you want to browse the web without leaving any trace of your activity, this extension might seem like a great tool, but, in this case, you must be unaware of the “Incognito Mode.” This is a feature that is part of the Google Chrome browser. All you have to do is launch Google Chrome and then tap Ctrl+Shift+N to open the black Incognito window. This window has the bookmarks of a regular browser, but it does not record browsing history or allow the placement of cookies. As you can see, there is no reason to install SearchPrivately because this extension does not offer services that you do not already have. Surprisingly, this useless add-on is not the only one that offers such services. Others include Search Anonymo, Private Search Plus, and Incognito Start Button. Needless to say, we do not recommend installing any of these extensions. If you do, you should delete them.
The suspicious SearchPrivately is not only useless. It is also unreliable. First of all, it can “Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.” Second, it can communicate with undisclosed applications and websites. Finally, it can change your browser’s search settings by replacing your regular default search provider with https://searchprivately.co/. This search engine does not have a very distinctive look, and it does not offer any unique services. Despite this, you should not treat it as a normal search provider. The search results shown via it can be modified, and sponsored links that belong to unknown parties could be offered to you. Those are unpredictable, and we fear that you could get in trouble by interacting with them. Furthermore, according to our research team, it is possible that Search Privately tracks information about users, and we do not know how this information could be used. In conclusion, while we suggest removing SearchPrivately because it offers useless services, you should also get rid of this extension because it is not reliable.
The guide below was created to help you remove SearchPrivately from your Google Chrome browser manually, but you need to assess the situation before you decide that you should clean your PC and browsers manually. If malicious threats have slithered into your operating system (we already discussed that those could have been bundled along with the extension), utilizing a strong anti-malware tool might be the smartest move. Furthermore, you want to establish reliable protection against malicious threats, and, of course, anti-malware software can help you with that. If you have a desire to discuss the removal of the suspicious extension or other active threats or potentially unwanted programs further, we are here for you. You can add your questions to the comments section, and we will try to respond as soon as possible.