Remove SearchPrivacy.co “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

I wrote this article to help you remove SearchPrivacy.co. This SearchPrivacy.co removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Are you stuck with the SearchPrivacy.co search engine? Are you redirected to this page whenever you try loading another one? If so, you are now a host to a browser hijacker. A nasty cyber threat which will hijack your machine. But the silver lighting here is that you could have been infected with a much more dangerous parasite.

Hijackers, compared to ransomware pieces and Trojans, are a piece of cake to remove. That is if you act fast. If you procrastinate and let this pest stay on your machine, you may experience some irreversible damage. A hijacker is still a virus and no virus should be underestimated. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it is less dangerous that Trojans and don’t be naïve to think it will be helpful to you. Don’t believe its advertisement. It promises to keep you safe as well as to provide reliable and accurate results. But it keeps none of this promises. Don’t wait to see what a hijacker is capable of. You will not like it.

Once the parasite is in your system, the meddling and annoyance start. The first thing SearchPrivacy.co does is to make changes to your browsers` settings. Changes which you weren’t asked to approve. Also, it adds a pesky extension which works perfectly with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. This means that no matter which browser is your preferred one it is still infected. They all are. You find you home page and previous search engine replaced with the SearchPrivacy.co. This site is not to be trusted and completely unreliable to use.

First of all, it generates a lot of sponsored links. But it also provides accurate and safe ones and you cannot know which is which until you click. Don’t do that. If you click on the wrong sponsored one you may compromise your already infected PC even more. The sponsored links lead to unknown and dangerous pages, which are usually laced with more malware infections. Your one click is enough to get one or more of this threat on your machine. And not only that. While inviting infection on your computer you would be also helping money gain profit. That’s right. These sponsored links crooks use to generate Web traffic to specific pages. This way they make money by the pay-per-click tactic.

Remove SearchPrivacy.co
The SearchPrivacy.co Virus

Do you want to get stuck with more parasites and help them fill their pockets at the same time? Of course not. Another thing which has changed due to the SearchPrivacy.co`s presence is your browsing experience. It is not the same anymore. You cannot surf the web at peace as you are constantly interrupted. Either by countless of ads or by annoying redirects. The ads cover you whole screen making it impossible to do anything and the redirects prevent you from visiting any of the pages you like.

Every attempt you make you end up back on the SearchPrivacy.co. You have to stay away from everything the hijacker throws your way. The links, the ads, the shady pages it makes you visit, all of it. They are all dangerous and conceal threats. And the last thing you need it to have to deal with one more parasite. Your PC is already suffering enough. Due to the hijacker, its speed slows down to a crawl, your system crashes often, your browsers freeze/lag, and your Internet connection is horrible.

And when you add to this equation the security risk you are facing, things get even more serious. SearchPrivacy.co is capable of spying on everything you do. It has access to all of your private information. The financial one included. It keeps on gathering valuable data and at one point it sends it to the crooks behind it. They are now able to use your credentials for whatever they want. Or they can sell them to third parties. Either way, this won`t end up well for you. And it doesn’t have to. Don’t wait any longer. Use our removal guide and say “goodbye” to all the issues this pest caused you. All you have to do is to follow the steps in the exact order.

But how did you get infected with SearchPrivacy.co? You couldn’t have downloaded it on purpose from its official website as it doesn’t provide a download button. This leaves us with the second option: the program found you. It tricked you, to be exact. More often than not, these infections turn to the old but gold method of infiltration. This includes shareware/freeware bundles, spam emails, fake updates, compromised sites, etc. However, none of these is good enough to work without you allowing it.

The hijackers need your permission to enter and the tactic is only a way to get it. That’s why you have to be careful all the time while online. Don’t click on anything that comes your way. Read carefully what you agree to. Don’t open suspicious emails and their attachments. Take your time during and installation process. Read the Terms and Conditions/EULA and don’t skip steps. Last but not least, stay away from unverified download sources. There are plenty of legitimate ones you can use.

SearchPrivacy.co Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove SearchPrivacy.co from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove SearchPrivacy.co from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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