Private Search is a new application for browser that was installed without your consent. Somewhen you simply open your browser and find out that this browser add-on was downloaded. You can face this problem if you use some free software from the Internet, since some browser add-ons can be supplied with other supplementary applications. Sometimes these extra browser extensions are not safe or just unwanted. The browser extension that can be installed into your PC with this technique can set the default settings of the browser, such as start page, search provider. If you are eager to remove Private Search from the PC, in that case you are welcome to read the page and apply the needed guide.
Main options of SpyHunter:
- Removes all elements generated by Private Search.
- Is able to fix browser problems and protect browser settings.
- Has System and Network Guards, so you can forget about computer threats.
What is Private Search?
Private Search is an extension for browser that may be installed by a user, but also can be a bundled software to freeware. It demonstrates multiple promotional information in the form of annoying pop-ups. Some users are not pleased with its work or are surprised that it is in the system at all. So, Private Search is the undesirable software fro browsers that should be uninstalled from thePC.
1. Install Private Search Removal Tool:
Step 1. Click Start button
Step 2. Select Control Panel
Step 3. Highlight the malicious program and press Uninstall
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Uninstall Private Search from Firefox:
- Help=>Troubleshooting Information
- Reset Firefox
Delete Private Search from IE:
- Run inetcpl.cpl
- Delete Personal Settings=>Reset=>Close
Remove Private Search from Google Chrome:
- C:\Users\”your username”\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\User Data
- Rename Default folder to Default2
- Open Google Chrome
- Do not open Opera
- Remove Profile and Cache folders in:
- C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Roaming\Opera Software\Opera Stable
- C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Opera Software\Opera Stable
- Open Opera
- Open your browser
- Settings->Reset Safari
Every user should know that all the browser extensions including Private Search, no matter if they are useful, are the areas of weakness for every browser where they are installed. The browser vendors produce update patches regularly, due to which the safety of the browser is perfect. The presence of any extension can put the browser security at stake. And, as a result, some online offenders are able to use your computer or collect your private information. If you are not able to imagine your computer without add-ons, then I suggest to download browser programs from reliable software vendors only, may be it will assist you to defend the PC. But you should understand that it is better not to have any extensions at all.
But if you still are eager to install any add-on then you should be prepared that the add-on will have approval to collect your sensitive data that you leave on different websites and can pass it to the third companies. You should understand that to download a browser extension is like downloading software. Will you install software if you did not hear about its vendor? I suggest you not to. So, you also should be careful downloading the extension that you are eager to install.
Private Search is an advertising browser add-on that adds some other dangers. Is there any assurance that the special offers are 100% real? Of course, no. So, you should not believe the pop-ups and its coupons. Also you should not visit the websites of the demonstrated ads because they can be harmful and so, as a result, your PC can be infected with a real virus in your system.
|Removal From Browsers||34%|
|Removal with Free Antivirus||43,2%|
|Removal with SpyHunter||98,6%|
|Infected computers (USA)||0,003%|
|Infected computers (Europe)||0,005%|
|Browser Infection Probability||52,2%|
Private Search like other adware programs has a few common symptoms that will help you to define if your computer is infected with it or not. Here is the list of them:
- Many ads and pop-ups shown by Private Search
- Very slow system
- Antivirus software finds some computer infections
- Changes in your browser (toolbars, homepage, search engine)
- Search results are hijacked
- Private Search adds its files, DIRS and registry keys
Manual and Automatic Removal Methods?
Manual ways of removal that you can use to remove Private Search from browsers are safe and not so difficult as you may think. Perhaps, only automatic instructions are easier. This removal way is very effective because the browser creators worry about your right to install or uninstall any browser add-ons. This removal technique will let you to delete all the unwanted browser add-ons and pop-ups will not irritate you any more. But at times, using this way of removal users are surprised that the PUP returns to the browser and they need to perform any other techniques to uninstall it.
Nevertheless removal way that tells you to remove some files and registry items is the most risk one. If you venture to perform this way of removal, in this case you should bear in mind only one common: do not forget to create the backup of the registry. Also this removal should be executed just by the user that understands what and why he has to remove.In the situation if you will eliminate several files or registry keys that do not pertain to Private Search, then your system will not start next time. Experienced users will not make this mistake and can enjoy the effectiveness of the manual way of removal.
But the most reliable and the most harmless way of removal is automatic. Using any antivirus tool that includes Private Search in its signatures, you will uninstall the unwanted program promptly and the add-on will not irritate you any more as the antimalware utility will defend your computer in the future.
Concerning the money that users may pay for the removal of the virus I should say that some methods are absolutely free of charge, for example manual removal from browsers, manual professional removal (if you will do it by yourselves), free antivirus program and the removal from Control Panel. But not all of them are powerful. The information about the effectiveness of these uninstall techniques I describe in the table that is called ‘Removal methods statistics’ below. Speaking about the paid techniques of virus removal, I should list the Computer Repair Shop Service and paid Antivirus software.
These methods are the most efficient. In spite of the great inequality in the price (Repair Shop service depends on the complexity of the problem and may cost up to $300, but paid antivirus costs up to $60) these removal techniques are almost equal in the effectiveness and in the results. I should also notice that paid antiviruses always has support service (sometimes for free) that will solve your problem like in an expensive computer repair shop.
Removal methods statistics
|Removal method||Price||Effectiveness||Safety||Needed Time|
|Computer Repair Shop||$140-$240||+++||+++||up to 4 days|
|Paid Antivirus||$35-70||+++||+++||up to 1 hour|
|$0||+/-||+/-||up to 3 hours|
|From Control Panel||$0||+/-||++||up to 1 hour|
|Manual Removal (Professional)||$0||+||–||up to 4|
|Removal from browsers||$0||+/-||+/-||up to 1 hour|
Are you seeking for the program that is able to uninstall Private Search perfectly? In that case I can advise you SpyHunter because it is the best Private Search Removal Tool and even more. The program will find and uninstall all undesirable browser add-ons and, besides, will protect your PC, deleting all up-to-date viruses.
Enigma Software released SpyHunter to be a helpful antispyware and antimalware tool that can defend the computer against all probable malicious objects, including rootkits and trojans. Owing to the regularly renovated base of signatures SpyHunter removes all the everyday malware that are released by malware writers daily.
Then latest version of SpyHunter not only modify its interface to more handy and pretty, yet the utility does not conflict with other antispyware tools that you can download. Also this program works quicker and protects better.
SpyHunter gives real-time protection, has Integrated SpyHunter Compact OS that let to uninstall the most stubborn viruses and the reliable live technical support. SpyHunter is compatible with Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Seven/8, it needs 256 MB of RAM, 75 MB of available hard disk space.
How to use SpyHunter
You are welcome to left-click the link on the post in order to download SpyHunter. Double-click the installer and perform the demanded steps. Set the language that is intelligible for you. Fortunately SpyHunter provides a great deal of them, being useful and handy. But not only this makes SpyHunter very well-known all over the world, but also its poverful ability to guard users’ computer.
Being installed this software should be updated, generally this procedure begins by itself, if not, then you are welcome to do it. When the patch is installed, you need to begin a Scan. You should remove the tick in the Quick Scan check box, if you want to scan your computer entirely. But commonly Quick scan is enough to define all possible viruses and this option spare your time and effort.
When the scan is finished you can examine the results and deactivate the ticks near the helpful utilities that Shyhunter referred to malicious or unwanted software. To uninstall the viruses you should click Fix Threats. If you have already purchased the license, then the viral programs will be deleted. If not, then you you can do it right now.
I believe the guide was helpful for Private Search Removal. But in order to defense your PC from different alike browser add-ons and from all other malicious programs, then you can download any antimalware software. You should choose a program that has a broadened signature base, everyday update release and real-time protection. Merely such a program can keep the computer safe and sound. It is better to scan your computer for computer threats at least weekly. Should have a broad base of viruses and everyday releases of updates. The best antiviruses has real-time protection. It is the protection that can detect computer threats in the system when it is just attempting to infect your computer.]
If you are unaware what antivirus tool to download, then I advise you to download SpyHunter. This program will perfectly delete all possible malicious objects and will produce a real-time block to protect your PC from the new viruses. It is very easy to perform the scan with SpyHunter and it is so useful that can find and eliminate keyloggers and other hidden viral programs. If you have any helpful utility for you work, but SpyHunter finds it as a malicious software and you are perfectly certain that the software is not a malicious program, so you can add it to Exclusions and SpyHunter will not determine it as a virus. If you need to scan only one file, then you are welcome to use Custom Malware Fixes feature. You should also use Process Guard or Registry Guard of the antivirus program for your convenience.
I also want to provide you with some useful actions that will protect your laptop from Private Search and other viruses in the future:
- Do not download any freeware from unknown vendors. If you do not want to pay for software, then you should be very attentive during the installation of this application. You should not miss the checkbox (usually small letters somewhere in the corner) that is responsible for the installation of any other free programs. You should uncheck this checkbox.
- Do not visit any malicious websites (porn, for adults, websites of unknown free software), they usually contain some worms or other kinds of computer threats.
- Do not use torrents or other sharing web services, because you can download exe file instead of the wanted file.
- Do not open email attachment from unknown people. It can be malicious.
- Install any antivirus software and scan your computer at least once a week.
About Author: Material provided by: Alesya Orlova