Remove SearchPrivacy.co Hijacker

By | Posted on June 20, 2016 | Updated on November 7, 2016

SearchPrivacy.co is a browser extension that intercepts search queries and redirects them to own private server. The objective is to protect your privacy against search engines that tracks user’s activities.

This unwanted program aims to be your default search engine. Currently, it is targeting Google Chrome users but will be launching Firefox and Internet Explorer version anytime soon. SearchPrivacy.co comes up as start-up page and pretends to be a normal search engine page. However, it may have lost credibility due to various deceiving techniques it is using in order to gain access on target computer.

Third-party applications are the usual sources of SearchPrivacy.co. There is actually a way to oppose the installation of this unwanted program. Setup the downloaded program via custom installation and ignore the “easy method”. On this process, you can cross-out SearchPrivacy.co and choose not to install it on the computer.

Generally, the main goal of SearchPrivacy.co is to be your default search engine. Second to that, this unwanted program tries to gain online profit through ads that appears on search results. This is the reason why SearchPrivacy.co becomes your homepage by force.

SearchPrivacy.co

In addition, presence of SearchPrivacy.co hijacker on the computer can be too risky for your privacy. It monitors how you search the web, recording all your activities. It also logs your line of interest and key phrases you input on search engine. Collected data can be sold to another adware maker that can be a reference to display attractive ads.

Online Security Scanner Report for searchprivacy.co:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 June 20, 2016
MCAfee Site Advisor Link is safe Feedback: No data June 20, 2016
AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Feedback: No data June 20, 2016

SearchPrivacy.co Browser Hijacker Removal Procedure

This section contains comprehensive guide to help you remove threats from the affected computer.

It is highly suggested that you carry out all the steps in exact manner to effectively get rid of malware.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This rootkit and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like SearchPrivacy.co home page hijacker. The tool is powerful enough to find malicious items that are hidden on the computer.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file to your Desktop so that we can access the file easily.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, navigate to the file location and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.

sophos_exe

3. On initial launch of the program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.

sophos-welcome

4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before Sophos Virus Removal Tool can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.

sophos-license

5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display InstallShield Wizard Completed. Just leave the Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool with a check mark. Then, click Finish.

6. The tool will download necessary updates so Internet connection is required at this point. Lastly, Sophos Virus Removal Tool displays the welcome screen.

sophos-update

7. Click on Start Scanning button to begin checking the system for presence of rootkit and virus. The tool reveals items that were found linked to SearchPrivacy.co. It also detects and removes other malicious files.

sophos-startscan

Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to SearchPrivacy.co. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove SearchPrivacy.co Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted SearchPrivacy.co from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of SearchPrivacy.co on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from SearchPrivacy.co

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with SearchPrivacy.co. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Remove SearchPrivacy.co from Google Chrome

Method 1 – Delete Malicious Extension from Chrome Browser

One way to remove SearchPrivacy.co from Google Chrome is simply to delete the Extension. Please follow these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type the following in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard: chrome://extensions

3. On Extensions window, please delete Search Privacy by clicking on Trash icon.

SearchPrivacy.co Extension

4. Google Chrome will prompt for the confirmation of Search Privacy. Please click on Remove button to proceed.

Delete SearchPrivacy.co Extension

5. You may now restart Chrome browser.

Method 2 – Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from SearchPrivacy.co. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. In the address bar please type the this string: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down, then click Show advanced settings

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Reset Settings section.

5. Click on Reset Settings button. If it prompts for confirmation, please click Reset to proceed.

Google Chrome Reset

This function will reset your home page, new tab page, search engine, and other areas affected by SearchPrivacy.co. Unwanted extensions will also be removed from the browser. This will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data. You may also download Chrome Cleanup Tool from this page. A stand-alone reset tool from Google Chrome but with more advanced Adware scanner feature.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings to Remove SearchPrivacy.co

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain it the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by SearchPrivacy.co and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see view instructions here.

Reset Mozilla Firefox Settings to Remove SearchPrivacy.co

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to SearchPrivacy.co. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual add-on removal from this link.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Reset Firefox to its default state. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Reset Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. SearchPrivacy.co home page hijacker should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

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