Home Malware Programs Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) HideYourSearch


Posted: June 8, 2017

HideYourSearch is a browser extension that offers users the ability to anonymize their search queries and hide them from the eyes of marketing and advertising agencies, which may use their search habits to tailor the marketing content they see while surfing the Web. However, extensions like HideYourSearch don't offer any protection apart from the fact that they may modify the Web browser's settings so that all searches will be executed through a 3rd-party search engine. In addition to modifying the default search provider, HideYourSearch also may replace your new tab page with Search.hideyoursearch.com.

Using HideYourSearch and the pages it promotes is not unsafe, but you should keep in mind that the trustworthiness of this extension may change at any point in time. The search engine it promotes delivers results via Yahoo so that it is unlikely that users will end up seeing tampered search results. However, the searches through HideYourSearch may generate revenue for its authors.

If you are keen to remove HideYourSearch and Search.hideyoursearch.com, then you'll be glad to hear that this is a task that can be handled via two methods – manual removal through your Web browser's settings, or automatic removal with the use of a trustworthy anti-virus scanner. Keep in mind that sometimes removing HideYourSearch might not be enough to solve the problem entirely, and you might need to restore your search service provider and default new tab page manually.

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