If you’re reading this post, it means that you are seeing the myprivacyswitch pop-up and your browser began opening tons of of pop-up ads. All of these problems with your PC system caused by ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware), which is often installs on the PC with the free software. You probably want to know how to remove this adware as well as delete myprivacyswitch.com advertisements. In the step-by-step instructions below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
The malicious programs from the adware family that modifies the settings of internet browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The adware may change the Target property of a browser’s shortcut, so every time you start the web-browser, instead of your startpage, you will see the annoying myprivacyswitch.com ads.
What is more, the adware may display ads depend on a web-page that you are visiting. That is, it is clear that this adware, without your permission, steals your private information such as: your ip address, what is a web page you are viewing now, what you are looking for on the Internet, which links you are clicking, and much, much more. The ‘ad-supported’ software may monetize its functionality by collecting data from your browsing sessions and selling it to third party companies. This puts your personal information at a security risk.
We suggest you to delete ‘ad-supported’ software and clean your computer from myprivacyswitch advertisements ASAP, until the presence of the adware has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the instructions below that will allow you to completely delete the redirect to myprivacyswitch.com annoying page, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How does myprivacyswitch.com ads get installed onto computer
How to manually remove myprivacyswitch.com ads
This step-by-step instructions will help you get rid of myprivacyswitch.com ads. These myprivacyswitch.com removal steps work for the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge, as well as every version of Windows operating system. Some of the steps may require you to close the browser or reboot your personal computer. So, bookmark or print it for later reference.
- Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to uninstall myprivacyswitch.com redirect
- Delete myprivacyswitch.com ads from Google Chrome
- Delete myprivacyswitch.com advertisements from Mozilla Firefox
- Uninstall myprivacyswitch.com from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Uninstall suspicious and unknown software by using Windows Control Panel
We recommend that you begin the PC system cleaning procedure by checking the list of installed programs and delete all unknown or suspicious applications. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious applications such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with free applications. Uninstall the unwanted programs may delete the unwanted advertisements or internet browser redirect to unknown or unwanted pages.
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Next, press “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all applications. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort programs by date of installation in the Control panel.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to uninstall myprivacyswitch.com redirect
Once the ‘ad-supported’ software is started, it can also alter the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the internet browser, it will be redirected to an annoying advertisements.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text that begins with “http://” which has been added here. You need to remove it.
When the argument is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Delete myprivacyswitch.com ads from Google Chrome
Like other modern browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby delete the redirect to myprivacyswitch.com unwanted ads that is caused by the adware.
At first, start the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will appear the main menu. Click on the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web-browser will open the settings screen. 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 the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The application will launch the task of cleaning. Once it is finished, the web-browser settings including the ‘block pop-ups’ option back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your PC.
Delete myprivacyswitch advertisements from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox settings have been modified by the ‘ad-supported’ software, then resetting it to the default state can help you to uninstall the redirect onto myprivacyswitch ads.
First, run the FF and press button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Next, press the Help button () as shown below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the adware. When it’s complete, click the “Finish” button
Uninstall myprivacyswitch.com from Microsoft Internet Explorer
To remove the myprivacyswitch.com redirect you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your PC system.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, you need to select the “Advanced” tab and click the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Microsoft Internet Explorer settings” dialog box as shown in the figure below. Next, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. After that, click the “Reset” button.
When the procedure is done, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s settings to default state and disable ‘ad-supported’ extensions.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you launch your PC, it will open myprivacyswitch.com annoying web-site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all tasks that have been created by malicious application.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will display a dialog box that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the following image.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it is a component of the malicios program, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious software. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to delete myprivacyswitch redirect automatically
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely uninstall myprivacyswitch pop-up ads from the infected personal computer. This is because the ad supported software can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the ad supported software again infect your PC system and it will start to open annoying myprivacyswitch pop-ups. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to uninstall adware manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the system.
I suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your system. It is an advanced malware removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you delete browser hijackers, malware, ad-supported software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Now, click the link below to download Malwarebytes Free on your PC. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When the download is finished, close all software on your personal computer. Next, start the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, click the Yes button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the following image.
Now press the “Scan Now” button for scanning your PC for the ‘ad-supported’ software which cause a redirect to myprivacyswitch. Once the ad supported software or malware is found, the number of the detected objects will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete. Please be patient.
When the system scan is finished, you can check all threats detected on your PC. Make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing malware and ‘ad-supported’ software which cause myprivacyswitch pop-up ads. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart your personal computer.
I suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes program to remove ad supported software and other malware.
Stop myprivacyswitch.com advertisements and other annoying sites
To increase your security and protect your system against new unwanted advertisements and malicious web pages, you need to use application that stops access to malicious advertisements and web pages. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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When downloading is finished, start the file named adguardInstaller. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is finished, 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 which will assist 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 personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-ups, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your Windows desktop.
Scan your PC system and delete myprivacyswitch.com pop-up ads with AdwCleaner.
This removal program is free and easy to use. It can scan and uninstall adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software), browser hijackers, malware and unwanted toolbars in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge internet browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (homepage and search engine by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC system.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the download is finished, open the directory in which you saved it and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown in the figure below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to display the program, click Yes button to continue.
Now, click the “Scan” for scanning your computer for the adware which cause a redirect to myprivacyswitch.com advertisements.
When it has finished scanning your PC system, it will open a list of all items detected by this tool as shown on the image below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box, click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. Once the clean-up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your personal computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will open the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your PC system should be clean of the myprivacyswitch.com advertisements. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and annoying malicious web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware and adware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove myprivacyswitch.com advertisements from your PC system, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.