The privatesearchonline.com is a ad site which is loaded into your browser with the help of adware. The ad supported software may modify the settings of web-browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge or install a malicious browser extension, which created to generate a huge number of annoying pop-up ads. It will lead to the fact that when you start the browser or surfing the Internet, it will always be forced to open privatesearchonline.com advertisements, even when your internet browser is configured to block pop-up ads or your computer has a program that stops ads. On current date, the adware continues to increase the number of systems that have been infected.
The ad supported software usually affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge by changing the internet browser’s settings or installing a dangerous extensions (addons). Moreover, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The ad supported software will perform a scan of the computer for web-browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it will add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you launch the internet browser, you will see an unwanted privatesearchonline.com web-site.
The adware may insert a tons of advertising directly to the sites that you visit, creating a sense that the advertising has been added by the creators of the web site. Moreover, a legal advertisements may be replaced on the fake advertisements, that will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful programs. Moreover, the adware has the ability to collect a huge number of personal information about you (your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the World Wide Web, which links you are clicking), which can later transfer to third parties.
We suggest you to remove adware and clean your PC system from privatesearchonline.com advertisements as quickly as possible, until the presence of the ad supported software has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the instructions below that will allow you to completely remove the redirect to privatesearchonline.com annoying web page, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How does privatesearchonline.com advertising get installed onto PC system
Most commonly, the ad supported software is bundled within the installation packages from a free hosting and file sharing web sites. So, install a free programs is a a good chance that you will find some bundled adware. If you don’t know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During installation, choose the Custom or Advanced installation option. Next, click ‘Decline’ button and clear all checkboxes on offers that ask you to install an unknown software. Moreover, please carefully read Term of use and User agreement before installing any software or otherwise you can end up with another unwanted software on your PC such as this ad supported software that redirect the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge onto the unwanted privatesearchonline.com web-page.
How to manually remove privatesearchonline.com
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to get rid of the privatesearchonline.com . Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or reboot your personal computer.
- Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove privatesearchonline.com redirect
- Delete privatesearchonline.com popup ads from Chrome
- Get rid of privatesearchonline.com from Firefox
- Remove privatesearchonline.com pop-up ads from Microsoft Internet Explorer
Remove suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and get rid of the program that causes the appearance of unwanted ads and browser redirect to unwanted web-pages, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove privatesearchonline.com redirect
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to start your web-browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the browser which is redirected to the privatesearchonline.com or other annoying web page.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The ad supported software can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be run when you run your web-browser. Depending on the web-browser you are using, there should be: Google Chrome: chrome.exe, Opera: opera.exe, Firefox: firefox.exe, Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe. If you are seeing an unknown text like “http://site.address” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the screen below. Click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you run the web-browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the privatesearchonline.com web-site or any other annoying sites that is advertised by the ad supported software. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Delete privatesearchonline.com popup ads from Chrome
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click to Settings option. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and click on the Reset settings button. Confirm your action, click on the Reset button.
Get rid of privatesearchonline.com from Firefox
Open the Firefox menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click on the Help button (). In the Help menu click on the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button. Confirm your action. Click on the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove privatesearchonline.com pop-up ads from Microsoft Internet Explorer
Open the Internet Explorer tools menu by clicking on the button in the form of gear (). It opens the drop-down menu. Click on the “Internet Options”. In the Internet Options window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click on “Reset” button. You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect.
Remove privatesearchonline.com advertising with MalwareBytes Anti-malware
Remove privatesearchonline.com advertisements manually is difficult and often the adware is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the MalwareBytes Anti-malware Free that are completely clean your system. The MalwareBytes Anti-malware is a reputable malware removal software. It can automatically detect and remove the adware of the your computer. Moreover, this free software will help you to remove web-browser hijackers, malware and toolbars that your system may be infected too. You can follow these simple steps below to eliminate the privatesearchonline.com unwanted ads completely.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM) from the link below.
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Update: April 15, 2020
Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that named mbam-setup like below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes Anti-malware on your personal computer.
Once installation is complete, you will see window similar to the one below.
Now click on the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your PC for the adware which causes the redirect to privatesearchonline.com web-site. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Remove Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-malware will start to remove the ad supported software related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is completed, you may be prompted to Restart.
Block privatesearchonline.com and other similar malicious sites
To increase your security and protect your personal computer against new unwanted advertisements and malicious web sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and web-sites. Moreover, the software can block the display of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program using the following link.
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Update: November 15, 2018
After the download is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. After installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, web-pages such privatesearchonline.com, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Remove privatesearchonline.com ads and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot remove the annoying privatesearchonline.com advertisements within the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for adware, browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars. Also you can ask for help our Myantispyware team below.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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Once finished, open a directory in which you saved it. You will see a icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once this tool is started, you will see a screen like below.
Press “Start” button to perform a system scan for malicious extensions and the adware which displays the advertisements from privatesearchonline.com web-site. Once AdwCleaner has finished, it will open a scan report as shown below.
Review the report and then click “Cleaning” button. It will display a prompt.
Click “OK”. When the cleaning process is finished, AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your system.
When your personal computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
How to ask for help the Myantispyware team
If you are seeking a help for privatesearchonline.com advertisements removal then follow these steps.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop. HijackThis download
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon, and click the button labeled “Do a system scan only”.
- Once the scan is complete, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the redirect to the unwanted privatesearchonline.com advertisements.
Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.