You might think that Privacy Dr is a useful piece of software, but you would be wrong because this application is not all that useful. Sure, it will clean your web browser off browsing-related data, but that is not enough to secure your online privacy. Therefore, we are of the opinion that you should remove this application at your earliest convenience because it has been classified as a potentially unwanted program. We have to hand it to its developers — they have done an outstanding job when marketing this application, but that is where the praises end because Privacy Dr is utterly useless.
Testing has shown that, officially, this application is set to erase information stored on your web browser that includes logins, passwords, browsing history, IM program chat histories, browser cookies and local trace files. All of this is well and good, but trivial nonetheless. The presence of this information poses little to no threat to your personal privacy and you can erase all of this data manually and configure your web browser not to except cookies. Therefore, there is no need to purchase this application which does not come cheap.
Once you install this program, it will immediately present you with a bar that has Good on the left and Poor on the right. It is meant to indicate the state of your privacy, but this begs the question, how can this program assess your privacy prior to performing a scan of your computer. We believe that this bar is shown to compel you to scan your PC. As noted above, Privacy Dr will scan your computer for trivial browsing-related information that does not pose a threat to your privacy. Although browser cookies are used to collect some information, but that information is of non-personal nature, so, again, its collection is not a threat. Therefore, we must conclude that this application does not offer you a real and reliable service, because its official features are fundamentally useless. Still, its developers want to pay $39 USD for it which is a rip-off.
Apart from offering you gimmicky features, this application may also subject you to commercial advertisements. Indeed, we have received information that this program might connect to a server that will give it instructions to show commercial advertisements, but not in its Graphical User Interface. Since this application interacts with web browsers to delete the information stored on them, some researchers think that it might also inject shady commercial advertisements in the websites that you visit. The ads should come in the form as coupons and banners but might also come as annoying pop-ups. We want to stress that since the ads can come from unknown sources, they can compromise your computer’s security. Therefore, this program can do the opposite of protecting your privacy and you should remove it for this reason alone.
Nevertheless, the best solution is to avoid installing this information altogether. So, if you do not have this program on your PC, then please be informed that this program is distributed via a dedicated website at Privacydr.com. This website hosts Privacy Dr’s standalone installer and it does not contain additional software. However, this program can be bundled with third-party installers and put up for download on freeware distributing websites and these installers can either install this program without your permission or allow you to deselect its installation, so it can go both ways. The important thing is to always opt for custom installation when downloading software from dedicated software distributing sites.
To summarize, Privacy Dr is a potentially unwanted program because it offers nearly useless features that are primarily focused on wiping out browsing-related data, such as browsing history, and cookies. Also, it might be set to display commercial advertisements from unknown sources. Therefore, it is recommended that you remove his program as soon as you can.
Windows 10 & 8.1/8