Do you know what Pirvatesearch Extension is?
Here we have another shady browser extension called Pirvatesearch Extension. This application was created for Google Chrome, and researchers say that it was configured to get onto your browser and secretly replace your browser’s search related settings. Therefore, researchers have classified it as a browser hijacker. It can change the homepage and new tab page addresses and replace them with a modified Yahoo search engine that contains ads form a shady adware server. Hence, this application can jeopardize your computer’s security, so you ought to remove it. For more detailed information, we invite you to read this whole article.
Pirvatesearch Extension was definitely made by an unknown and, thus, unreliable developer as it there is no information about it. Our malware analysts have found that it used to be featured on the Chrome Web Store but has since been removed. We think that user complaints had something to do with that. Note that this particular extension went by names such as PrivSrch and SrchWWS on the Chrome Web Store. As far as other distribution methods are concerned, we do not know if this program is still being distributed. However, it is possible that its developers have made arrangements to bundle it with shady, third-party installers that can inject this extension into your browser without your knowledge or authorization. Such software bundles are usually found on websites that host free software downloads bundled with additional software in order to promote it and generate revenue.
This program is promoted as a tool that is allegedly set to search the Internet independently (as if that was not the case before). Pirvatesearch Extension replaced the start page and new tab page of Google Chrome with a modified Yahoo search engine. Effectively, this extension is nothing more but a browser hijacker dedicated to modifying your browser’s settings by force. If you enter a search query in this search engine’s search box, it will channel it through tiposyh.club, then search.hr, then services.searchy.info, and finally search.yahoo.com. All those websites might collect anonymous information about you along the way. Researchers say that when Pirvatesearch Extension is installed on your PC, it will retrieve advertisements from an ad server called yutksd25.club and show them while you browse the web.
We since that this might be an issue because there is no information about yutksd25.club that would clarify that it is indeed a legitimate ad server and that all of its advertisements are checked for malicious content. Also, it is worthy of a note that Pirvatesearch Extension and search.yahoo.com can collect non-personally identifiable information such as your search queries, browsing history, IP address, Internet Service Provider name, among other information. They process it to show you somewhat personalized advertisements that are designed to increase ad revenue for the developers and their advertising partners.
We hope you found this article useful as you can see what Pirvatesearch Extension is really all about. It is a browser hijacker aimed at replacing your browser’s start page and new tab page in an effort to subject you to ads that make its developers money. You should be careful, however, because the ads can redirect you to shady or outright malicious websites that can jeopardize your computer’s security. Therefore, if you want to avoid potentially malicious content, the best thing to do is to remove this browser extension altogether. Our malware analysts have composed a guide that will help you do that, so please consult the guide below.
How to delete Pirvatesearch Extension
- Open Chrome.
- Press Alt+F and select More tools.
- Click Extensions.
- Find Pirvatesearch Extension and click Remove.
- Close the browser.
In non-techie terms:
Pirvatesearch Extension may look like a legitimate browser extension but the reality is that it is a browser hijacker that you ought to delete it because it is set to replace Chrome’s start page and new tab page with a shady custom search engine that can feature questionable links in its search results as they can be modified. Furthermore, the program and search engine are set to keep tabs on your browsing preferences to present you with more relevant ads. Still the ads might not be safe, so we suggest that you remove this extension.