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Remove Search.myprivacy.zone virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - Free Instructions

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Most important facts about Search.myprivacy.zone search engine

Search.myprivacy.zone virus is one of those aggravating browser hijackers that supersede browser’s homepage address without letting the user know beforehand. It is a product of MonetizeAd Ltd, and it usually reaches user’s PC in the form of a browser extension[1] called Search Control. In fact, it does control your searches, as it manages what search results you are going to get. It starts redirecting to hxxp://search.myprivacy.zone page, which presents a search engine and allows changing the background of it. No matter what you search for, it will clutter results’ pages with sponsored entries. We have also discovered that this search tool looks identical to searchdimension.com, which is promoted with a help of similar browser hijacker that appears to be a product of Search Dimensions Ltd. Therefore, we assume that these companies can be potential partners. Search.myprivacy.zone virus

The myprivacy.zone search engine provides a Privacy Policy document, which explains how the service collects user data and what it is going to be used for. Besides, it discloses that “The MyPrivacy Search services may integrate, be integrated into, or be provided in connection with third-party services and content,” and that they do not control these services and content. Accordingly, the Privacy Policy suggests reading legal documents provided by these external websites. Let us explain to you what this statement means. To put it simply, the search engine suggests being careful when exploring sites accessed via search results. These can provide critical content[2], but the developers of the extension and search engine refuse to accept responsibility for anything that happens on these sites. It simply causes redirections to them in order to get paid. In fact, removing this search engine is an excellent idea because it seems that it focuses on other things than client satisfaction. Besides, the fact that it tends to stealthily enter computer systems instead of fairly advertising itself and convincing users to use it is also not an indicator of a trustworthy search engine. To help users to remove Search.myprivacy.zone, we have prepared a comprehensive removal tutorial. You can also speed up the process by running a full system scan with trustworthy malware removal tools[3] such as ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.

Questions about Search.myprivacy.zone virus

Search.myprivacy.zone browser hijackerSearch.myprivacy.zone browser hijacker alters homepage settings to convince the user try the MyPrivacy Zone search engine. We do not recommend using it as it delivers a lot of sponsored search results.

How did this hijacker slither into my computer?

Browser hijackers are distributed alongside other free programs and therefore can be installed with user’s permission only. These programs are not viruses, although the way they enter computer systems scare users and lead to thinking they’re malicious[4] and deceptive programs. They key factor that allows these programs enter computer systems unnoticed is user’s carelessness and a tendency to rush when installing new programs. For some reasons, many people believe that the best way to install computer programs is to choose settings that are already selected for them – Default or Standard ones. Sadly, these settings cannot be trusted. If the developer of selected software chooses to collaborate with developers of potentially unwanted programs, he might agree to bundle additional programs with his own product and present these additions as “recommended” ones. Hence, agreements to install them will be prepared for the user and included in Default installation settings. That is the reason everyone should choose Custom or Advanced settings and manually remove the checkmark next to these agreements.

Two ways to remove Search.myprivacy.zone redirect problem

To stop annoying redirects[5] and enjoy problem-free browsing experience, we suggest you remove Search.myprivacy.zone virus using one of the methods our team provides. The first one requires patience, but you won’t need to install anti-malware program if you don’t have it yet. Experts at 2-Spyware have prepared a detailed tutorial on how to uninstall the browser hijacker manually, so if you follow the steps carefully, you should eliminate the virtual parasite in less than 10 minutes. However, there’s an alternative removal method that requires having anti-malware or anti-spyware software. It, however, liberates your PC from all dangerous programs at once.

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To remove Search.myprivacy.zone virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Search.myprivacy.zone from Windows systems

Before fixing web browsers, you have to uninstall all shady programs that are currently active on your computer system. Use this tutorial to find and eliminate them.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Search.myprivacy.zone and related programs
    Here, look for Search.myprivacy.zone or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Search.myprivacy.zone from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate Search.myprivacy.zone from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Search.myprivacy.zone from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.myprivacy.zone-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Search.myprivacy.zone, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Search.myprivacy.zone and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.myprivacy.zone-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Search.myprivacy.zone from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Search.myprivacy.zone and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Search.myprivacy.zone removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.myprivacy.zone virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Search.myprivacy.zone-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Get rid of Search.myprivacy.zone from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Find and remove Search Control add-on from Firefox.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Search.myprivacy.zone and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Search.myprivacy.zone removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Search.myprivacy.zone from Google Chrome

In Chrome, you will find Search Control Extension. Get rid of it without a hesitation – it is the program that causes those annoying redirects on a daily basis.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Search.myprivacy.zone and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Search.myprivacy.zone removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Search.myprivacy.zone from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Search.myprivacy.zone or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Search.myprivacy.zone, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Search.myprivacy.zone removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. Tadd says:
    May 2nd, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I have no idea what program I installed this virus with. Search.myprivacy.zone simply appeared in my Chrome browser and now i am trying to get rid of it…

  2. Travis$$$ says:
    May 2nd, 2017 at 8:07 am

    I uninstalled this virus with a help of reimage. i actually noticed that computer runs a bit faster right now. cant complain 🙂

  3. Hanover_24 says:
    May 2nd, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Finally detected it! The hijacker is now gone. I hope I will never install anything similar to myprivacyzone virus.

  4. futureas says:
    May 2nd, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Thanks, it wasnt that hard to uninstall this virus 😛

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