If you would like to search the web “with a better & improved search designed for your online safety,” My Privacy Search Extension would probably be one of the choices you might find. However, this browser extension appears to be simply a new browser hijacker that sets your new tab page to a questionable search website that may present to you potentially unreliable third-party content. As a matter of fact, this hijacker may also enter your PC along with a number of other malicious threats. This clearly means multiple system security issues for you. We believe that you should not keep such a tool on board if you plan to keep your computer secure. In fact, we advise you to remove My Privacy Search Extension right now. But before you scroll down to the solution part, we would like to share with you what we have found out about this infection.
It seems that this browser hijacker is only available officially in the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/my-privacy-search/nmbdieeenblmdjgalpmjckkmbcflfkhh. From this page you learn that only over 5,000 users have installed it so far. When you click for its promotional web link, you end up redirected to movies.myprivacy.zone, which is possibly yet another version of the questionable search website promoted by this browser hijacker. But this is not the only way for you to download this useless extension. In fact, it is more likely that you do not even remember installing it. The reason could be simple: You installed it via a free software bundle. So the question you should know the answer to is: Have you downloaded any free software lately?
As a matter of fact, this is not even the right question because it does not include the most important piece of information, the “where.” We always emphasize that you should only use official websites for downloading software and updates as well because that is still the safest you can do if your PC is not protected with a proper anti-malware application. But every day hundreds of thousands of computer users try to download free files (programs, games, videos, and books) from suspicious sources, such as freeware and torrent pages. You should be aware that these sites usually promote bundled versions of any program, which could contain several malware infections (browser hijackers, keyloggers, fake warnings, adware programs, and more) as well as potentially unwanted applications. So when you install bundles, you should make sure that you know exactly what they contain. Of course, if you have already let such a lot on board, you cannot do anything else but delete My Privacy Search Extension from your browser and scan your computer with a trustworthy tool, such as a malware scanner, to see how many more threats could be endangering it.
This browser extension only works in Google Chrome as yet. It set your new tab page to its questionable search website, Search.myprivacy.zone. This website features your local weather information in the top-right corner, background image settings, a search box, and thumbnail links to popular websites, such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Facebook, as well as some promoted ones (tripadvisor.com). The problem is that you cannot trust this search engine as it redirects you to a Yahoo search results page that could contain unreliable content, including third-party ads and sponsored links. This alone would not be an issue; however, cyber crooks can easily take advantage of such a tool and push through their corrupt ads and links.
In fact, it is never entirely safe to click on third-party content when you are on a modified search results page, a suspicious website, or when your system is infected. Since this browser hijacker uses its search engine to promote possibly questionable third parties among trustworthy ones, it is quite risky for you to click anywhere on this page. You could easily drop new infections with the click of a button or find yourself on malicious websites giving up your banking details while shopping a fake product. If you do not want to experience any of the unfortunate consequences, we suggest that you remove My Privacy Search Extension as soon as possible.
If you do not know how to remove extensions, you can follow our instructions below this article. Since this browser hijacker infection only affects your Google Chrome browser, this process should not take a single minute, even if you are not an experienced user. However, it may take more to protect your system from similar attacks in the future. If you do not feel capable or skillful enough, we recommend that you employ a decent anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter) if you prefer automated malware removal and full protection.