Search.myprivacyswitch.com is a site that’s suspected of being attached to a browser hijacker. The search engine is attached to Privacy Switch, a browser add-on that advertises as helping internet anonymity, a claim that’s very dishonest, considering the amount of data collected by their search engine. If you want to remove the Search.myprivacyswitch.com site from your browser, read this article and follow its guidelines.
|My Privacy Switch|
Main Domain Address
|Scan your system with an anti-malware tool.|
|You can remove the browser hijacker by hand by carefully following all the guidelines of our step-by-step guide below.|
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Search.myprivacyswitch.com Browser Hijacker – Is It a Virus?
The Search.myprivacyswitch.com isn’t a virus. Not technically, at least. The search engine asks for your permission to be installed. The domain can appear as your default homepage and search engine if you install the Privacy Switch add-on from the Google Play store or a program bundle. The latter option is more likely if you can’t pinpoint the exact reason for the “infection.” Here’s how it works – the developers of browser hijackers put their software within the install file of another software. The option to install this add-on is hidden in the Custom, Advanced, or Slow options in the install wizard.
Pretty much all mainstream browsers can be affected – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft’s Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, and others.
Search.myprivacyswitch.com Browser Hijacker and Why It’s Bad for Your PC
The Search.myprivacyswitch.com’s homepage looks like any other search engine. Let’s take a look:
If you decide to search with the Search.myprivacyswitch.com engine, you’ll discover that the site barely functions. There are no search results, only suggestions to use other, better search engines like Yahoo, Bing, or Google. Here’s a quote from a dissatisfied customer from the Google Play review section:
“its horrible its pretty much a virus you cant search anything, or it will go blank ask if your a robot or keep on popping up other tabs.”
You’re probably wondering if this isn’t some joke, but rest assured, there is a point to it all. That point is data collection. People’s searches are very telling of who they are and where their interest lie. That data can be used to learn their:
- IP addresses
- Personal Interests
The truth is that all search engines, including the mainstream giants like Google and Bing, collect this data and use it to improve their ad targeting. The difference between legit search engines and Search.myprivacyswitch.com is that they provide a good service while the hijacker doesn’t even display search results.
How Can I Prevent Browser Hijackers like Search.myprivacyswitch.com?
The go-to guidelines for preventing unwanted software like browser hijackers are to:
- Check the Advanced, Custom, or Slow settings while installing
- Avoid installing suspicious freeware programs
- Don’t agree to install pop-up applications
These guidelines will help you with protecting yourself from hijackers. However, it can be hard to keep track on every single insignificant click you make. The easiest way is to download an anti-malware tool that will warn you of any potential dangers.
How to Remove My Privacy Switch?
For a faster solution, you can run a scan with an advanced malware removal tool and delete My Privacy Switch completely with a few mouse clicks.
STEP I: Start the PC in Safe Mode with Network
This will isolate all files and objects created by the browser hijacker so they will be removed efficiently.
- 1) Hit WIN Key + R
- 2) A Run window will appear. In it, write “msconfig” and then press Enter
3) A Configuration box shall appear. In it Choose the tab named “Boot”
4) Mark “Safe Boot” option and then go to “Network” under it to tick it too
5) Apply -> OK
Or check our video guide – “How to start PC in Safe Mode with Networking”
STEP II: Remove My Privacy Switch from Windows
Here’s a way to remove the program. This method will work regardless if you’re on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP. Simply selecting the program and pressing delete won’t work, as it’ll leave a lot of small files. That’s bad because these leftovers can linger on and cause all sorts of problems. The best way to delete a program is to uninstall it. Here’s how you can do that:
- 1) Hold the “Windows” button (It’s between CTRL and Alt on most keyboards) and press “R”. You’ll see a pop-up window.
- 2) In the textbox, type “appwiz.cpl”, then press“ Enter ”.
- 3) The “Programs and features” menu should now appear. It’s a list of all the programs installed on the PC. Here you can find the malicious program, select it, and press “Uninstall“.
STEP III: Remove My Privacy Switch From Your Browser
Before resetting your browser’s settings, you should know that this action will wipe out all your recorded usernames, passwords, and other types of data. Make sure to save them in some way.
- 1) Start Mozilla Firefox. In the upper right corner, click on the Open menu icon and select “Add-ons“.
- 2) Inside the Add-ons Manager select “Extensions“. Search the list of extensions for suspicious entries. If you find any, select them and click “Remove“.
- 3) Click again on the Open menu icon, then click “Options“.
- 4) In the Options window, under “General” tab, click “Restore to Default“.
- 5) Select “Search” in the left menu, mark the unknown search engine and press “Remove”.
- 1) Start Google Chrome. On the upper-right corner, there a “Customize and Control” menu icon. Click on it, then click on “Settings“.
- 2) Click “Extensions” in the left menu. Then click on the trash bin icon to remove the suspicious extension.
- 3) Again in the left menu, under Chrome, Click on “Settings“. Go under “On Startup” and set a new page.
- 4) Afterward, scroll down to “Search“, click on “Manage search engines“.
- 5) In the default search settings list, find the unknown search engine and click on “X“. Then select your search engine of choice and click “Make default“. When you are ready click “Done” button in the right bottom corner.
- 1) Start Internet Explorer. Go to the “Tools” menu and click on “Manage add-ons“.
- 2) In the “Manage add-ons” window, below “Add-on Types“, select “Toolbars and Extensions“. If you see a suspicious toolbar, select it and click “Remove“.
- 3) Then again in the “Manage Add-ons” window, in “Add-on Types“, Select “Search Providers“. Chose a search engine and click “Set as default“. Select the unknown search engine and click “Remove and Close”.
- 4) Open the Tools menu, select “Internet Options”.
- 5) In the “General” tab, in “Home page”, enter your preferred page. Click “Apply” and “OK”.
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STEP V: Repair Windows Registry
- 1) Again type simultaneously the Windows Button + R key combination
2) In the box, write “regedit”(without the inverted commas) and hit Enter
3) Type the CTRL+F and then write the malicious name in the search type field to locate the malicious executable
4) In case you have discovered registry keys and values related to the name, you should delete them, but be careful not to delete legitimate keys
Further help for Windows Registry repair
STEP VI: Preventive Security Measures
- 1) Enable and properly configure your Firewall.
2) Install and maintain reliable anti-malware software.
3) Secure your web browser.
4) Check regularly for available software updates and apply them.
5) Disable macros in Office documents.
6) Use strong passwords.
7) Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe.
8) Backup regularly your data.