How to remove Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects
What is Privacy-search.biz:
Threat Classification: Adware
Our security experts have warned us, that many users experience issues & interruptions while browsing the web by lots of Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects, which are making web browsing almost impossible. After some tests & experiments, our malware researcher found out, that the Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects has been caused by an active Adware infection, which infiltrated multiple computer using a rogue software bundle, configured to install using silent (quiet) or stealth installation process and hijacked some browser settings and registry values to make recovery much complicated.
Generally, users that have an active Adware infection on their computers might experience lots of Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects while browsing the Internet. The main goal of the adware causing these Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects is to earn a revenue for its developers, while generating page views (ads streaming) on almost every web page they visit. All these ads are usually provided by some legitimate and well-known marketing platforms, exploited by adware developers, in order to monetize the web traffic they’ve managed to hijack or infiltrate.
The Adware causing Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects is usually bundled with other freeware product and is configured to install by default in case the user accepts the software bundle’s EULA and that is doesn’t opt-out to the custom/expert installation process. That’s why our security consultants are always reminding us to always read, what we agree with when performing an installation on our machines and to always opt-out for a custom/expert installation and skip or deselect the unwanted or unknown software, which is set to automatically install. The possible distribution of the rogue software bundles, that are causing Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects varies, but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free PDF software, free Video editors or other free software products or downloading e-mail attachments etc. Our security experts have issued a warning regarding this malware infection, that it shouldn’t be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it is a serious threat to the victim’s online identity, computer safety, and its cyber security.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for All users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect the adware, generating Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to buy a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter and review its EULA (End User License Agreement). Furthermore, we strongly urge you to read & follow SpyHunter Installation Instructions. You’ll learn, that SpyHunter offers unlimited free diagnosis usage, but if you want to use the remove thread feature, you will have to or purchase a subscription. An active subscription will provide you with unlimited one-on-one support session, either by phone or by using screen sharing software, for any malware related issue by a highly trained support technician.
Remove Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove the Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the Manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For All users, (including novice), MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter4.
1. Remove Privacy-search.biz Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to Privacy-search.biz, ShowBox Ads, SearchGoFind.com, Search.searchquicks.com, YouSearch.io, Stoppblock.org, SockShare Ads, Findizer Ads, Social2Search, AppTrailers, Trotux.com, MySites123.com, MyBeginning123.com, Net Surf, Tools Plus, Navigate Pro, BeleelaShopperSearch.com, MyLuckyPage123.com, MyLuckySurfing.com, Search.newtab.online, Search.searchwatchytsn.com, Searchudak.com, 9o0gle.com, Datahub.serving-sys.com, Dashlane, SafeSurfs.com, Searchguide.level3.com, uStarts.xyz, Startab.me, Searchinme.com, Searchme.com, Ds.serving-sys.com, Cpmofferconvert.com, MPC Cleaner, Moonly.com, Play-bar.net, Traffic Junky, TheProfitsMaker.net, From Doc to PDF Toolbar, Ads by Mgid, Find Me Savings, USB Lock, Search Manager, GetsFormsOnline Toolbar, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Ludashi, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net, Syndication.exoclick.com or any other third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. You should also look for all kinds of suspicious programs, installed on the same date as the infection. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind, that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove Privacy-search.biz from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After IE completes the operation, click the close button and then start again the IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button (3 horizontal lines), go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the imported information. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Check for arguments added by Privacy-search.biz in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
The adware could also generate Privacy-search.biz Redirects by hijacking your web browser start page, often caused by browser’s shortcut modification (usually done by adding the requested URL as an argument in order to be force-loaded immediately after initial start). The URL argument should look like (or is similar) to the line one below:
You can repair browser shortcuts manually by right-click it and select properties to make sure, that the target line contains only – “PATH-TO-BROWSER\browser.exe“.
4. Delete any files or folders related to the adware infection causing Privacy-search.biz Popup Ads & Redirects by checking the following locations: