Home Malware Programs Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) Hidemysearch


Posted: December 11, 2017

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 1
First Seen: August 8, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Hidemysearch is a browser add-on, which offers to give users the ability to keep their search queries private, therefore reducing the number of targeted ads that will be based on the things they have searched for recently. While this may sound useful, you should not forget that hidemysearch achieves this effect by replacing your default search aggregator and new tab page with an alternative website. The user's default search address will be changed to Search.hidemysearch.com and, in addition to this, the default new tab page also will be replaced by a search page affiliated with Hidemysearch. Both of the search aggregators deliver results by redirecting the user's search queries to Bing.com so that at least the results should be reliable for now.

Hidemysearch is installed only with the user's knowledgeable permission, and we are yet to hear of a case in which the software was installed silently or via misleading instructions. Regardless of the lack of any suspicious behavior, Hidemysearch is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). This makes its removal the recommended thing to do, but it is not mandatory under any circumstances.

If you want to remove Hidemysearch from your PC, then you can accomplish this both manually or with the assistance of an up-to-date PC security application.