Do you know what Searchprivacy.co is?
Searchprivacy.co is a suspicious search engine that can modify the default search provider of your Google Chrome browser. This search engine is linked to the Search Privacy extension that is currently compatible only with Google Chrome; however, the information on the official download page suggests that this extension might become compatible with Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers in the future. In fact, this extension has two download pages: search-privacy.info and info.searchprivacy.co. Both of these websites are identical, and it is unclear why the creator has designed two of them. Maybe this is done to confuse users or maximize the chances of distribution. Whatever the case is, there are things to consider before you decide whether or not this software is trustworthy. We recommend reading this report to learn more about this software, and maybe you will decide to remove Searchprivacy.co afterward.
The suspicious Search Privacy extension is officially promoted on the aforementioned websites, but you can also find it on the popular Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-privacy/aeemepphecjaofoopdmhfahejdcnlpia. Is it possible that that the distribution of this extension is taken into the hands of third-party software distributors? It sure is, and that can lead to other issues. As you might know, not all software distributors are reliable. In fact, many of them just pose as distributors because they need to spread malware, and they can do that by attaching malicious threats to less harmful and more attractive, well-known programs. In case you have employed an unfamiliar installer to acquire Searchprivacy.co, please install a malware scanner immediately. If malicious threats that require removal exist on your operating system, you will be informed about it right away. All in all, even if you have acquired this search tool along with the suspicious extension, you have to be cautious.
We are sure that you have downloaded Search Privacy in the hopes of enabling secure web browsing. Well, when the extension is installed, your default search provider is modified as well, and you are informed that redirection is enabled to prevent tracking and profiling. If you go to Searchprivacy.co, you will find that this search tool promises to hide search queries from other sites, disable tracking cookies, and prevent ad re-targeting and history logging. Despite this, if you browse the web using this suspicious search tool, you will find more advertisements than regular search results, as ads will show up at the top, the bottom, and on the right. Click on these ads at your own risk because we cannot recommend doing that. The advertisers working with the creator of Searchprivacy.co are unknown, and so we cannot know for sure if these ads are trustworthy and if they introduce you to reliable and harmless content.
Do you consider Searchprivacy.co to be a useful search provider? Is it better than other well-known search tools? If it is not, we suggest replacing it with one that is more useful and one that you are more comfortable using. You have to delete Search Privacy from Chrome to have the undesirable default search provider disabled. Your regular search provider should be restored automatically. At the moment, this software is only compatible with Chrome, which is why we have added instructions linked to this particular browser. If you discover that you want to delete Searchprivacy.co from other browsers, let us know via the comments section below so that we could add instructions for you.
- Launch Google Chrome.
- Tap keys Alt+F to open the menu on the right.
- Select More tools.
- Click Extensions to access the chrome://extensions/ menu.
- Identify the unwanted add-on and click the trash bin on the right.
- Select Remove and then restart the browser.
In non-techie terms:
Searchprivacy.co is very strange, and you might have installed it by accident. This search tool supposedly can provide you with a more secure browsing experience, but that is questionable considering how many advertisements it can display along with search results. If you decide to delete the search tool, you probably need to erase the Search Privacy extension, and you can do that using the instructions above. In case this search tool came bundled with malware, it might be best to install automated malware detection and removal software to clean your operating system and ensure its full-time protection. Do not forget to use the comments section below if any questions come up.