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Social Privacy virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Social Privacy ads | Type: Adware

What is Social Privacy?

Social Privacy (also known as Social Privacy DNS) is an 'adware' type application, which is capable of hijacking Windows system unnoticed and then altering various its settings. This application can also be installed consciously, thinking that it has ability to improve one's browsing experience. However, we do NOT recommend that, especially if you can't stand continuous pop-up ads, redirects to or other unfamiliar web site and slow downs on each of web browsers. If you noticed any of these symptoms, it's a sign that your computer was affected by Social Privacy virus. Please, do NOT ignore this because you can easily be tricked into visiting unsafe site or download another questionable program on your computer. By the way, this program may be set to track your browsing activity and collect your search terms, mostly visited sites and other personally non-identifiable information.

How can Social Privacy hijack my computer?

Social Privacy is spread thru its official website and other download sites, such as, cnet, etc. Here, it is presented as a totally valuable application that can help you avoid privacy related issues. In addition, this program may also show up on your computer without download it there because it has been added to various download managers, PDF creators and other third party software. This infiltration method is called bundling and we think that it is very unreliable. In order to prevent the appearance of such programs as Social Privacy, you should start paying more attention to freeware's installation. Firstly, read end user license agreement before installing freeware from the Internet. In addition, choose Custom or Advanced installation and opt out of 'free additions' and 'additional downloads', such as Social Privacy DNS or Social Privacy virus.

How to remove Social Privacy virus?

Social Privacy redirects, pop-up ads and slow downs are the most important things making us recommend you to avoid this adware-type application. If you think that it's harmless, that's fine. This program can't pose a serious harm as rogue anti-spywares or ransomwares. However, if you are annoyed by its ads, you should follow this guide and remove Social Privacy from the system:

  • Remove Social Privacy from your computer:

1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for recently installed/unfamiliar applications, such as Social Privacy, Social Privacy DNS, etc.
3. Click 'Uninstall' and then OK to save the changes.

  • Remove Social Privacy-related extensions from your browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome):

Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer, go ‘Tools‘ → ‘Manage Add-ons’ → ‘Toolbars and Extensions’.
2. Here, look for unfamiliar entries and click 'uninstall'.
3. Once you remove it, change your start page.

Reset your Internet Explorer (Optional):
1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Gear icon or ‘Tools‘ → 'Internet Options'.
2. Here, go to the 'Advanced' tab and click the 'Reset' button.
3. Go to the 'Reset Internet Explorer settings' → 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' option.
4. Finally, click 'Close' and OK to save the changes.

Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go ‘Tools’ → ‘Add-ons’ → ‘Extensions’.
2. Find suspicious-looking entries and click ‘Uninstall’.
3. After that, change the start page.

Reset your Mozilla Firefox (Optional):
1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go to the 'Help' section → 'Troubleshooting Information'.
2. Here, choose a 'Reset Firefox’ for a couple of times and 'Finish'.

Google Chrome:

1. Click the Chrome menu button on the Google Chrome browser, select Tools → Extensions.
2. Here, look for unfamiliar extensions and get rid of them by clicking on the Recycle Bin.
3. Don't forget to change start page.

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