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Remove Browser Security (Removal Instructions) - Nov 2017 update

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as Browser Security ads, Browser Security virus | Type: Adware

Browser Security bothers computer users by serving daily dose of intrusive ads

Browser Security virus

Browser Security (also found as Browser-Security) is a deceptive ad-supported application that you should avoid by any means. This program falsely promises to protect your computer from unwanted intruders, such as adware, potentially unwanted programs, ad-supported applications and various useless toolbars. In addition, it even promises to prevent you from entering malicious Internet sites and block phishing attacks[1].

Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, it is too good to be true. In fact, this application is the exact opposite of what it claims to be. BrowserSecurity virus is yet another potentially unwanted program (PUP)[2] that may initiate unwanted changes behind your back, flood you with annoying advertisements and redirect you to affiliate websites. In order to prove that, here is a quotation from its end-user license agreement:

Browser Security may, at its own discretion and for its causes, include within Service any links for 3rd party websites, advertisements or links for applications (3rd Party Content). Browser Security does not warrant for 3rd Party Content or availability thereof nor does it endorse it.

Furthermore, we have also noticed one more odd statement from the program's privacy policy section:

Browser Security may change your default search engine to add Browser Security's (or any of Browser Security's affiliates) search engine.

It looks like this untrustworthy program may change your default search engine and try to redirect you to predetermined websites. This can be dangerous as you can never predict what website you will be redirected to.

Bear in mind that ad-supported applications hardly ever care about user's privacy or security and they do everything to promote third-party content as actively as possible. Therefore, if you do not want to be interrupted by never-ending pop-ups, fake search results and browser redirections during your browsing sessions, consider two Browser Security removal options we provide in this article.

If you are ready to remove Browser Security manually, just scroll down and start reading instructions prepared by our team. In case you are not confident about your spyware and malware removal skills, just pass this task to Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes software.

Browser Security adsBrowser Security is a deceptive application that can be found under Browser Security or Browser-Security names. It acts as a typical PUP that displays ads and changes browser's homepage and default search settings.

Browser-Security virus emerges in 2017: Learn why you should stay away from it

Browser-Security appears to be another potentially unwanted program dubbed similarly as the previously-described PUP. Once installed, it creates a folder in C:\Users\[user's name]\AppData\Roaming and drops several associated files, including an uninstaller. Unfortunately, it is unknown whether the provided uninstaller works properly and manages to delete all components of this suspicious spyware variant.

Technical analysis of Browser-Security virus shows that the program silently communicates with a remote website in Germany. It is possible that certain details about the infected host and/or user's online activities including search queries, browsing history, and other information is being transmitted without user's knowledge. Therefore, we do not recommend keeping this suspicious program on the system.

You should remove Browser-Security and all of the files related to it using the anti-spyware or anti-malware software. This way, you will get the most reliable system clean-up results. Also, you may have installed additional spyware alongside this adware-type application, and detecting it can be hard.

Ways this suspicious application can infect your computer

So, now you know the truth about this questionable plug-in, however, you should also know how it can infiltrate your system. Take a look at the explanation provided by our colleagues at Novirus.uk[3]:

You can easily download BrowserSecurity from its official website or you can add it to your system while installing a freeware. In other words, this ad-supported application may travel bundled with freeware and shareware as an extra attachment. This potentially unwanted application often relies on such unfair and unethical distribution techniques.

Therefore, if you want to protect your computer, you should closely check every single program that you want to install and unmark all unfamiliar attachments that it may carry. We highly suggest choosing Custom or Advanced installation options to decompose the software bundle you may have unknowingly downloaded.

Remove Browser Security for good

As we have mentioned before, this application is the exact opposite of what it is claiming to be, therefore, we highly recommend not to install it by any means. If you have already done it, remove Browser Security using expert guidelines provided below.

If you see an increased number of ads on your computer screen as you browse the Internet, you should check your recently installed programs, remove the suspicious ones and scan your computer with reliable anti-spyware program.

If you are determined to delete the adware manually, follow the steps below and do as instructed. Otherwise, rely on automatic Browser Security removal tool that our experts recommend choosing.

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To remove Browser Security, follow these steps:

Delete Browser Security from Windows systems

Follow the provided instructions to remove Browser Security virus and related spyware-type programs.

When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for recently installed/unfamiliar applications, such as Browser Security, SafeSaver, SupTab, ValueApps, Lollipop, Software Updated Version, DP1815, Video Player, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, LyricsBuddy-1, Media Player 1.1, etc.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Browser Security and related programs
    Here, look for Browser Security or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Browser Security from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove Browser Security from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Browser Security from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Browser Security-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Browser Security, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Browser Security and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Browser Security-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Browser Security 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 Browser Security 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 Browser Security removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Browser Security 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 Browser Security-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

Eliminate Browser Security from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete unwanted extensions and plug-ins from Firefox and then refresh the browser using the instructions provided below.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Browser Security and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Browser Security removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Browser Security from Google Chrome

We highly recommend deleting vague browser add-ons installed without your permission. You can clean up your Chrome browser with a help of the given Browser Security removal guide.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Browser Security and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Browser Security removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Browser Security from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Browser Security or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Browser Security, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Browser Security removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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