Turn Off Search Tracking Ads, also known as Privacy Switch is a browser extension for Google Chrome that features a search engine called Search.myprivacyswitch.com which replaces the homepage and new tab page automatically. This search engine does not work, however, and the browser extension is also useless because its only purpose is to carry the aforementioned search engine and hijack the homepage and new tab page. Therefore, we suggest that you remove Turn Off Search Tracking Ads from your PC as soon as you can. We do not regard it as malicious but it is kind of useless. Therefore, we have classified it as a potentially unwanted program. For more information on this extension, read this whole article.
Turn Off Search Tracking Ads is associated with Plasko Interactive Ltd, the company that owns Search.myprivacyswitch.com. It is possible that this company also owns this search engine as well, however. In any case, Plasko Interactive seems to be a legitimate company that exists in the real world. Nevertheless, that does not make it any more credible. This company’s website at Plasko-interactive.com states that this company’s goal is to provide its clients with “innovative media solutions” which means that they are in the web monetization business and, while it is not explicitly stated, it is evident that this company works with third-party advertisers and other entities, and have configured their search engine to feature promotional links that generate ad revenue for the company.
You can get Turn Off Search Tracking Ads from its main distribution website at Myprivacyswitch.com/private. However, this link is not promoted very much, and it is unlikely that you will stumble upon it on your own. Nevertheless, it is there for those with a link to visit it and download the extension. Furthermore, we have found that you can get it from the Chrome Web Store. Furthermore, we have also received unconfirmed reports that it can come bundled with third-party software and installed automatically if you do not opt for advanced/custom installation and uncheck its respective checkbox.
According to our latest research, Turn Off Search Tracking Ads was, allegedly, designed to keep your searches secret from third parties who may obtain your browsing history. It also says that Google, in particular, is tracking your searches. However, this is not a bad thing since Google needs certain information to present you with customized search results and, sometimes, advertisements. What you are not being told is that Search.myprivacyswitch.com can also present you with ads in its search results, but these ads may not be as safe and legitimate as those of Google. Search.myprivacyswitch.com can show rather unreliable search results with promoted links that can redirect you to shady websites. Also, we have found that this search engine can collect information about you to customize the ads you see. While collecting this information is not illegal, you should know about this because this information can be misused.
The collected information includes anonymous information such as search terms entered, browser version and type, Internet Protocol (IP) address, and operating system type. This information is anonymous because it cannot be linked to you personally. However, it is effective in assigning certain ads to be shown in your search results that increase the odds of you clicking them and making Search.myprivacyswitch.com’s owners money. However, this search engine is inherently unreliable and, therefore, we recommend that you get rid of it.
As you can see, Turn Off Search Tracking Ads is nothing other than a vehicle for Search.myprivacyswitch.com, a shady search engine that can replace your browser’s homepage and new tab page addresses to show ads in its search results. Therefore, if you get this search engine accidentally when installing an unknown software bundle or get it under different circumstances, we recommend that you remove it. Please see the guide below o how you can do that.