If you are introduced to an extension that can change your New Tab to Search.myprivacy.zone, we suggest rejecting this extension immediately. Although the search tool might look useful and even beneficial, our research team classifies it as a browser hijacker, and that is not without reason. First of all, it redirects to Yahoo Search without your permission, and that is a warning for you. Also, although the hijacker redirects to a popular search engine, it can showcase the search results it wants, which, of course, is a highly clandestine move. There are other things that raise suspicion as well, which is why it is strongly recommended that you delete Search.myprivacy.zone as soon as possible. If you are not sure that this hijacker requires removal, you need to read this report immediately. If you need no further explanation, you can choose to read the last section of this report.
Search.myprivacy.zone is officially represented via Search.myprivacy.zone/about, where the “INSTALL NOW” button can be found. If you click this button, are provided with the installer that represents the extension named “My Privacy Zone.” Well, there is another extension that works in the exact same way, and it is named “My Privacy Search.” Both installers are hosted on the Chrome web store. Whichever add-on you install, you will see Search.myprivacy.zone set as your New Tab page. It is also important to note that the installers of both of these add-ons could be represented by third-party software distributors as well, and both of them could enter your operating system bundled with malware or potentially unwanted programs. Malicious pop-ups could be employed to expose you to unreliable software bundles as well. Even if you do not think that malware exists, you should scan your operating system using a legitimate malware scanner as soon as possible. If malware and PUPs are found, you need to remove them as soon as possible as well.
The interface of Search.myprivacy.zone is quite amusing because you can change the background image and color to personalize your New Tab. Also, the latest weather forecast, your location, and even the time are represented via the interface, which can be helpful. Furthermore, this hijacker enables quick access to gmail.com, yahoo.com, youtube.com, instagram.com, and a bunch of other sites you might be visiting every day. In general, at first sight, Search.myprivacy.zone looks quite great. The thing is that the issues lay beneath. For example, you will not notice silent data-trackers (e.g., cookies) spying on you and recording every move you make. Also, you might not notice anything bad when surfing the web via the search dialog box that is represented in the center. As you already know, the hijacker can redirect you to Yahoo Search, and that is not a good thing, considering that this move is unauthorized. You also know that the hijacker can add search results, and, of course, that is not a good thing either. In fact, if the hijacker showcases malicious links, interacting with Search.myprivacy.zone could be extremely dangerous!
Whether Search.myprivacy.zone was created by MyPrivacy Search Ltd. or MonetizeAd Ltd. (that is not exactly clear), we recommend removing it as soon as possible. Although this hijacker can help you personalize your New Tab page, that is the only good thing about it. The infection can spy on you, redirect you to Yahoo Search without your permission, and even showcase potentially unreliable links and ads using this well-known search engine. Before you remove Search.myprivacy.zone, you should scan your operating system to see if any other threats are active. Hopefully, your computer is otherwise clean, and you only need to get rid of the hijacker. You can do that by removing the extension that is representing it, and the instructions below can help you achieve that. If the scanner identifies other infections, you need to consider using anti-malware software. Do not think that this software is only good at finding and deleting malicious software, which, of course, is a big thing. It is also very useful when it comes to protecting your operating system in the future.