The privatelee.com is a dangerous redirect virus that is wisely developed by the cyber criminals to infect the windows based systems, and make illegal financial benefits. The privatelee.com introduced itself as a legitimate search engine, and in the first look, it looks same as the Google or Yahoo search engine, but once you install it, you will get the manipulated search results, and keep constantly diverting you towards phishing websites where you will be asked to buy some low grade products from the unknown suppliers. Your screen will be flooded with the unstoppable pop-up ads due to which you cannot surf on the web freely. This malicious application records your browsing history, and search queries to show more targeted ads on your system. It has the ability to steal your personal information, and use such important details in the cyber frauds. Another thing that you notice because of this infection, the speed of the internet goes down every day.
Manual Removal of Privatelee.com
Once you feel the symptoms of this nasty browser hijacker on your system, you need to find a way of removing this virus effectively. There are some quality automatic removal tools available in this regard. Besides that, the manual removal method is also available which is only recommended for the expert level users and consists of the following steps:-
Change the Mode of Operation from Normal to Safe Mode
It is impossible to remove Privatelee.com by remaining in the normal mode of operation. In this regard, restart the system, and hit the F8 key continuously while the system is restarted to access the boot options screen. Once the boot options are visible on your screen, select the Safe Mode option, and press the Enter key to operate the system in the safe mode.
End the Malicious Processes
In order to get rid of the malicious processes associated with this threat, you have to open the windows task manager by using the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys together. Once the task manager window appeared on the screen, select the Processes tab, and remove the following corrupt processes from the list:-
- %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
Remove the Associated Data
Following are some of the files available in the system files folder that you need to remove from your computer quickly by using the file explorer and Delete key:-
Reverse the Modification in the Windows Registry
In the end, you have to remove the corrupt associated entries of this infection from the windows registry. To open the registry editor, you have to click on the Start menu, select the “Run” command, and write “RegEdit” in the box. Find and delete the following associated registry entries of this adware infection once the registry editor is accessed:-
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Privatelee.com\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe,0
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Privatelee.com\UninstallString “%AppData%[RANDOM CHARACTERS][RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Privatelee.com\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u
Close the registry editor, and restart the PC in the normal mode, and check the availability of this infection. You also need to run a complete system scan on the PC after updating the existing antivirus program in order to avoid any future infections.