Private.search-protection.com can be categorized as a browser hijacker which redirects compromised Mozilla/Chrome/Opera/Edge or Safari users to the various ads, websites, services which sponsor the virus to increase the traffic and spread some sort of product. In order to achieve the best advertising results ‘PrivateSearchProtection’ threat makes itself as default search engine and fully controls what the victim sees when browsing.
What is special about the ‘PrivateSearchProtection’ browser hijacker is that unlike Polarity’s search.hontheradio.co, Search.hmytemplates.co and Airfind’s clarobuscar.com, which right away display the search results from Yahoo, Bing or etc., private.search-protection.com has it’s own unique search engine. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as you would expect. To find out more about this special feature, removal methods and other interesting facts about the ‘PrivateSearchProtection’ parasite keep reading this article.
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How to recognize the ‘PrivateSearchProtection’ virus
According to browser hijackers is an old computer problem, yet still very widespread. As a matter of fact, every day around 4 million devices get infected globally. These browser hijackers can look very different but the intrusion/working tactics are pretty much the same.
Usually, most antivirus software does not notice when you download private.search-protection.com virus, because it hides with other programs and quickly installs as a ‘legitimate-looking’ browser add-on. That is why the chance that you will catch PrivateSearchProtection’ parasite before it gets into your computer is very slim. In reality, the earliest stage you can catch a browser hijacker is already after the final virus setup when instead of your regular search engine and homepage you will see private.search-protection.com pretending to be your default choice. (Mozillas guide on hijacking).
If you decide to use ‘the new’ browser you will soon notice the interesting thing we mentioned at the beginning of an article – despite claiming to be such powerful private search engine it cannot even work as a proper browsing tool. Once you enter a keyword it displays a website which says that the ‘PrivateSearchProtection’ couldn’t find any results and that you should try putting your inquiries into the Bing/ Yahoo or Google, whose icons conveniently are right below the search.
Obviously by redirecting users to the major search engines ‘PrivateSearchProtection’ browser hijacker collects the revenue from each company depending on the click amount and etc. However you should be aware that besides collaborating with known corporations private.search-protection.com works also with malicious websites/products without checking what they do as long as they get paid. That means that your already vulnerable system becomes even more susceptible to other viruses which can be hiding behind any click.
You should also notice the unusual amount of advertisements, slower PC and browsing experience, pop-ups, banners, random program installations without your consent and etc. What will also be happening but you won’t know – private.search-protection.com will be tracking your every step online, recording logins data, credentials, location, searched and visited websites and later would sell it to the Third parties, who do God-knows-what with the information they get.
How was ‘PrivateSearchProtection’ threat installed into your browser
The main spreading methods include bundling, also installing together with single programs/picture/video files downloaded from the suspicious websites, software, torrents, after clicking the malicious hyperlinks/ads or with spam email attachments. More about that on Lifewire.com.
The main private.search-protection.com page creates a false sense of security because of the safe green lock marked HTTPS extension and the words it uses in the name – ‘protection’ and ‘private’, but you must be really careful with such sneaky virus. According to the virustotal.com some cybersecurity programs recognize it as a malicious malware. Therefore remove deceptive browser hijacker as soon as you notice it substituting your usual homepage. Or better prevent getting it in the first place with applying these simple while browsing.
How can you delete ‘PrivateSearchProtection’ browser hijacker
No matter what operating system or browser you are using, private.search-protection.com targets anyone with the connection to the internet. In the first place, we advise you to run a complete system scan with either Spyhunter or Malwarebytes. Then by following the instructions delete the found threat.
Automatic Malware removal tools
If by any chance you can’t delete the virus automatically or PrivateSearchProtection browser hijacker doesn’t allow you to download an anti-malware tool follow the manual removal guide below. (Optional) Reset your browser’s settings If you are still experiencing any issues related to PrivateSearchProtection, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings. If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.
How to remove search-protection virus using Windows Control Panel
Many hijackers and adware like PrivateSearchProtection install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
How to remove Private.search-protection.com virus from macOS
Delete search-protection virus from your applications.
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Remove malicious extensions
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings
If you are still experiencing any issues related to PrivateSearchProtection, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.
If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.