After adding Pirvatesearch Extension on Google Chrome, the browser’s user may feel like he is forced to search with only one particular search engine, so if you prefer other tools to Yahoo, the application’s presence might become undesirable. To make matters worse, the research shows this plugin could display untrustworthy advertising content. Because of these qualities, our specialists came to a decision that the extension should be categorized as a browser hijacker. If you do not like the idea this threat could limit your browsing, we encourage you to take a look at the recommended deletion steps placed below the text. They should help you erase the application manually, and then you can search the Internet with any search engine you want.
The add-on is compatible only with Google Chrome browser, so if you have any other browsers, it should be unable to hijack them. In order to do this, Pirvatesearch Extension may alter data belonging to the files called Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data. With these files, Google Chrome remembers specific user’s preferences, e.g. homepage, new tab page, search provider, and so on. Our specialists say the threat is supposed to change only one of these preferences and it should be your default search engine.
Since the search results should be displayed with Yahoo, it might look like the plugin is forcing you to use this particular tool. However, that is not completely true, because before the user gets redirected to search.yahoo.com and sees the results, he might be redirected through a few unknown search engines. According to our researchers, they might be unreliable as they could help Pirvatesearch Extension show users suspicious third-party advertisements. It would be advisable to keep away from such content because you cannot know from where it might originate and what website you could be redirected to. To give you a couple of examples, the third-party ads could advertise threats similar to the browser hijacker (e.g. potentially unwanted programs, adware, etc.). Also, some of the ads could show fake lottery winnings, invite you to participate in doubtful surveys, and so on.
As you may realize it already, Pirvatesearch Extension is not an application we would encourage you to use. On the contrary, our specialists say it might be best to remove it for safety precautions. Given the application does not have any useful features, we do not think there is a user who would miss it. To eliminate Pirvatesearch Extension manually, users should locate and delete its created folders. It is also advisable to remove specific data called Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data because the extension could modify it to hijack the browser. Altering such data is complicated, so it is best to erase it and allow the browser create new replacements.
What’s more, you should be able to detect the browser hijacker with a legitimate antimalware tool too, so if you prefer using such software, you could perform a system scan with a tool you trust. During the process, the antimalware software could locate other possible threats as well; thus, if you fear there could be other suspicious applications on the system, a security tool might be the best solution.