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Remove “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam (Virus Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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“Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” pop-up threatens victims that their privacy is at risk

Screenshot of "Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension" scam

“Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” is fake security alter that might appear on the browser if an ad-supported application is installed on your computer. However, users might be redirected to this scam website when they are browsing through the high-risk websites, such as adult-themed, gambling, gaming or similar.

So-called “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” virus targets Google Chrome[1] users. However, different variations of the scam might be aiming at Firefox, Explorer or other web browsers too. The text of the scam says:

Important! Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension
When you search online, the Keywords you use and your personal information may be captured or stored. We highly recommend you search in private mode.
Advisory provided by Search Encrypt.
Fix Now >>>

However, security specialists do not recommend clicking “Fix Now” button and following the instructions provided by the authors of “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam. This fake security alert is created for bringing benefits to the scammers. Thus, they might:

  • trick you into downloading or purchasing expensive security software;
  • calling fake technical support[2] specialists;
  • giving scammers access to the computer;
  • etc.

Thus, if you are repeatedly being redirected to “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam website, you should check the system for adware. The best way to do it is to scan the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or similar anti-malware program which can quickly detect and eliminate this PUP.

Typically, the infiltration of adware causes other browsing-related problems, such as delivery of aggressive ads, random texts turned into hyperlinks, redirects to promotional websites, and similar, experts from NoVirus.uk[3] say. However, these activities should not be tolerated as well because adware might deliver malware-laden ads too.

Thus, you should remove “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” malware immediately. We have already mentioned that you can get rid of it using security software. However, if you prefer eliminating it manually, you can find a detailed guide below.

Keep in mind that manual “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” removal requires not only uninstalling questionable browser extensions but removing unknown programs and resetting web browsers too. If you leave some of the PUP-related entries, these redirects continue bothering you. Thus, be careful!

Image of "Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension" scam"Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension" scam targets Google Chrome users by delivering a fake security alert.

Distribution methods of the ad-support program

It’s unknown which adware is responsible for redirecting to “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” website. However, it’s obvious that this PUP spreads in freeware or shareware packages as an optional component.

Therefore, users may have installed it together with a free program they needed. The hijack might happen when users install freeware under Standard/Quick settings that do not openly disclose about third-party components. Thus, to avoid infiltration of unwanted apps, you should:

  1. Use reliable software download sources;
  2. Read EULA and Privacy Policy;
  3. Use Advanced or Custom installation settings;
  4. Monitor installation settings and unmark pre-
    selected “optional downloads.”

Remove “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” virus

“Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” removal can be performed either manually or automatically. Our team has provided manual removal guide at the end of the article. Thus, you can check it and if it’s clear, follow the steps attentively.

Additionally, you can speed up the process by employing anti-malware/anti-spyware tool. If you want to remove “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” automatically, you have to obtain a reputable software, run the system scan and reset affected web browser.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam, follow these steps:

Eliminate “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam from Windows systems

In order to remove “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” adware entirely, you have to follow these steps carefully and reset Google Chrome web browser.

To remove “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam 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 “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam 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 “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam 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 “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam-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

Delete “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam from Google Chrome

These instructions will help you to reset Google Chrome and stop redirects to “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” website.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to “Your Browser(Chrome 65) Is Missing A Privacy Extension” scam and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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