Privacy Switch Redirect - How to Remove It
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Privacy Switch Redirect – How to Remove It

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This article is created in help of all users who want to remove Privacy Switch redirect from affected browsers and PC.

Privacy Switch redirect affects commonly used browsers to provide its deceptive search engine. It sets the domain safeservesearch.com to appear on the homepage and new tab page on all affected browsers. Afterward, it starts to push a lot of annoying advertisements all over the browser which leads to slow browser performance. The redirect can hijack browsers after the installation of a potentially unwanted program on the system. To remove Privacy Switch as well as all files associated with the infection just follow the detailed guide below.

Threat Summary

NamePrivacy Switch
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe redirect can change the homepage, search engine and new tab on each browser installed on the compromised machine.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers will be switched to Safeservesearch.com. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Privacy Switch – Distribution

Privacy Switch is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP) mainly because of the shady ways used for its distribution. In general Privacy Switch hijacks the browser after the installation of freeware programs. The redirect infection may be part of the installers of third-party apps. Thus, it can be set for installation by default. To prevent all undesired additional components from sneaking into the system you should select the “Advanced” or “Custom” options where you can reject their installation.

Privacy Switch could also be delivered via advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, and redirect links that land you on suspicious websites. These websites might also be partners or affiliates of the Privacy Switch and safeservesearch.com website.

A browser extension of the same name is another spread way option. The extension Privacy Switch can be downloaded from Chrome web store:

privacy switch chrome web store browser extension

However, Privacy Switch redirect can affect other commonly used browsers than Google Chrome like: Mozilla Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Privacy Switch – In Detail

Privacy Switch is a dubious search engine of a browser hijacker that is associated with the domain safeservesearch.com. The hijacker is designed to access your browser and then set the safeservesearch.com to appear on the homepage and each new tab you open. Whenever you want to search for something you will be redirected to Privacy Switch search engine as it will be set as a default one. The main page of the redirect can be viewed from the screenshot below:

privacy switch safeservesearch.com hoax search engine stf

As you may have noticed the search engine provided by Privacy Switch is not a real one as it just redirects to the results of reputable search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. However, have in mind that Privacy Switch hijacker keeps a record of every search query that you make.

The hijacker can push a lot of advertisements and cause many redirects to various online offers based on the collected data stored on its servers. All these spammy advertisements can lead to slow browser performance and at worst cause severe malware infections.

Another adverse effect that may occur due to an infection with Privacy Switch is an installed browser extension of the same name. The hijacker can do this without your knowledge. As a result, the extension receives the permission to:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Communicate with cooperating websites
  • Change your search settings to: search.myprivacyswitch.com
  • Manage your apps, extensions, and themes
  • It appears that the company owner of Privacy Switch

As it gets clear the same extension is related to another potentially unwanted program named MyPrivacySwitch.com reported by our team before a year ago.

Privacy Switch – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the Privacy Switch is located on the homepage of its associated domain address safeservesearch.com. There you can learn some details about the information obtained by this website. The policy page looks like this:

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Below, you can see what kind of information could be acquired from you when you are using the services of Privacy Switch:

  • Search terms that you enter into the search box
  • Browser version
  • Browser type
  • Operating system
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address

In fact, it looks as if your searches are far from private as long as you are using Privacy Switch. Thus, you should be careful what information you input into search engines and websites. If you do not feel comfortable with the collection of all that details, you should remove the browser hijacker completely from the system.

How to Remove Privacy Switch Redirect

The detailed guide below shows how to remove Privacy Switch redirect from all affected browsers and from the PC. In some cases, the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate completely the hijacker. So be advised to run a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool. It will locate all leftovers so you can easily delete them with a few mouse clicks. Furthermore, an active anti-malware tool on the system guarantees its protection from future malware infections.

Note! Your computer system may be affected by Privacy Switch or other threats.
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To remove Privacy Switch follow these steps:

1. Uninstall malicious programs from Windows
2. Clean your Browser and Registry from Privacy Switch

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Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections. She believes that in times of constantly evolving dependency of network connected technologies, people should spread the word not the war.

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