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Remove BrowserProtect adware (Removal Guide) - Aug 2015 update

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as BrowserProtect ads, BrowserProtect virus | Type: Adware

BrowserProtect – adware that falsely claims to be a helpful browser security extension

BrowserProtect virusBrowserProtect is a potentially unwanted program that can record browsing-related details

BrowserProtect is one of those browser extensions that claim to offer amazing functionality while in reality, they do no such thing. On the contrary, they might cause annoyance and even jeopardize the security of your system. According to its website, “BrowserProtect is free software that makes your browsing safer. It stops online threats by defending your browser settings and preferences.” However, it might seem ironic that an extension that promises to protects your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozzila Firefox browser has been installed on your computer without your permission. It is a trick frequently employed by the creators of various adware-type[1] and potentially unwanted programs that disguise their advertising-driven programs by supposedly useful functionalities.

Name BrowserProtect
Type Adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Claims This rogue product claims to protect web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer for free when it truly acts as an adware program
Activities The PUP can get you involved in frequent advertising and redirecting activities, start collecting browsing-related information, and modify your web browser settings such as the homepage and new tab URL
Removal Use automatical software to get rid of the adware application or the manual step-by-step guidelines that have been added to the end of this article
Fix Try employing software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego if you have found corrupted objects on your computer system

Note that, if a program has appeared on your computer, you will see all sorts of ads flashing on your screen prompting you to click on them and visit the websites they are promoting. However, you should not go to any of these directions because you might end up on some suspicious websites which might infect your computer as BrowserProtect benefits from redirecting web traffic to specific websites.

However, if this is not enough for you to dislike this application already, you should know that BrowserProtect installs cookies on your computer and therefore tracks your browsing-related information. Therefore, not only you will see all those “Ads by BrowserProtect”, “ BrowserProtect Ads”, “By BrowserProtect”, “Powered by BrowserProtect” or “Brought to you by BrowserProtect”, they might start to seem appealing to you and worth checking out.

BrowserProtect might also share the collected data with other parties for receiving more income. This way random developers will be able to see such information as your recently visited websites, hyperlinks and adverts clicked, saved bookmarks, geolocation,[2] your IP address, etc. In some cases, third-parties might even get their hands on your mobile phone number or email address if they are placed somewhere lurking on the Internet.

BrowserProtectBrowserProtect - a PUP that pushes annoying ads during browsing sessions and redirects the user to promoted websites

BrowserProtect adware is also capable of modifying web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari. The PUP can make specific changes on the default homepage and new tab URL of the browser. The worst part is that you might not be able to restore the settings to their starter position when the adware is lurking on your machine. BrowserProtect removal might be necessary.

Continuously, BrowserProtect virus can get you involved in annoying redirecting activities. Even though the main goal of this task is to take you to developer-sponsored websites, you sometimes might accidentally land on a malware-laden website. This is one of the common ways of how random users get infected with malicious parasites. We cannot say that the adware itself is malware but it can definitely cause some indirect risk of a malware[3] infection.

You should not fall for believing in all the “handy” features that the adware might promise to provide you with. Instead, remove BrowserProtect from your operating system and web browser apps as this program poses a risk to your non-personal information and can be related to secret malware installation. If you already caught a dangerous virus, you can consider trying Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego software for the damage fix.

Be aware that BrowserProtect might not come alone. Potentially unwanted programs are often provided with a pack of other rogue products such as browser hijackers, adware apps, scareware, etc. So, once you are performing the removal process, do not forget to check your computer for additional objects. Note that PUPs are likely to add suspicious executables to your Windows Task Manager section and include bogus entries to your Windows Registry.

BrowserProtect adware

Ways through which adware infiltration happens

According to security experts from LosVirus.es,[4] adware programs are often distributed through a technique called bundling. Bundling means that instead of a single application you have intended to download, you will get a bouquet of programs that you might not enjoy having on your computer. We speak about all sorts of potentially unwanted programs like browser hijackers and adware-type applications that will install itself on your computer.

This happens because you have not checked the custom and advanced options during the installation process and thus let these programs into your computer. Therefore, you should always be very attentive and control what is entering your computer. What is more, you should never rely on any download manager or installer that comes from sources such as cnet.com, download.com, and softonic.com as they are basically created for distributing bundled software.

Instead, always download programs from their official websites as this will diminish the risk of getting additional programs installed on your computer. Continuously, adware applications can also get delivered as fake software updates. If you have been searching via unsecured websites, you can easily get provided with an unsecured upgrade message. Do not install any updates until you are 100% sure that they were released by the official developer.

Removing BrowserProtect virus

BrowserProtect looks and works like any other program that you might find on the Internet sphere. However, it acts more than just an original program and can cause negative effects on your browser's and computer's performance. Regarding this purpose, you should think about removing this cyber threat before it brings more dangerous infections,

Remove BrowserProtect with the help of antimalware software that can help you to deal with the annoying infection in a couple of minutes of time. This method is more trustworthy than the manual technique as not all users are advanced ones and can make mistakes while performing the manual process, e.g. skipping crucial steps.

However, if you think that you have enough skills and time for manual BrowserProtect removal, then you should go for it. Below we have provided clear guidelines on how to get rid of the potentially unwanted program from your OS and web browser apps such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari.

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To remove BrowserProtect adware, follow these steps:

Delete BrowserProtect from Windows systems

To get rid of suspicious products from your Windows machine, you should perform the below-provided instructing steps.

To remove BrowserProtect 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 BrowserProtect (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.

Remove BrowserProtect from Mac OS X system

To clean macOS from rogue programs and changes, you can complete the following guidelines.

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

Remove BrowserProtect from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for BrowserProtect-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 BrowserProtect, 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 BrowserProtect and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the BrowserProtect-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate BrowserProtect from Internet Explorer (IE)

To erase suspicious extensions and other browser helper objects from Internet Explorer, apply these steps.

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 BrowserProtect 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 BrowserProtect removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase BrowserProtect adware from Microsoft Edge

To get rid of suspicious changes and components from Microsoft Edge, use this tactic.

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 BrowserProtect-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

Get rid of BrowserProtect from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To eliminate unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from Firefox, complete these guiding steps.

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 BrowserProtect 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 BrowserProtect 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 BrowserProtect removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall BrowserProtect from Google Chrome

To bring Google Chrome back to its previous position and diminish all rogue changes, apply these instructions.

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 BrowserProtect 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 BrowserProtect-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 BrowserProtect removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete BrowserProtect from Safari

To remove bogus products from Safari, use this guide.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to BrowserProtect 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 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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