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Remove BrowserSafeguard virus (Removal Guide) - Nov 2017 update

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

BrowserSafeguard operates as an ad-supported application

The example of BrowserSafeguard virus

BrowserSafeguard is a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] that has features of the adware. However, developers advertise it as an anti-spyware program that protects computers from unwanted intruders, malware infections, illegal and dangerous websites while people are browsing the web.

However, our security experts have noticed that this doubtful program may act like a typical ad-supported application (adware)[2] as well: it may display various advertisements, cause redirects to affiliate websites and collect information about people's browsing habits.

As far as we know, BrowserSafeguard may be closely related to another adware, which is called Rocket Tab. If you discovered it on your computer out of nowhere, you should waste no time and check it with reliable anti-spyware. In this case, we recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

The research has shown that BrowserSafeguard virus might also appear on the computers out of nowhere. Actually, it might be promoted in software packages. Thus, if you install freeware or shareware under Quick/Recommended setup, this PUP may have sneaked inside the device as well.

BrowserSafeguard adware might be capable of:

  • displaying security-related pop-ups and promote suspicious computer scanners or security software;
  • delivering shopping offers or discount coupons;
  • providing ads that lead to phishing, scam or other suspicious websites;
  • trigger redirects to promotional sites;
  • collect browsing-related information about the users;
  • prevent users from BrowserSafeguard removal.

The official website of the BrowserSafeguard reveals that this program is ad-supported. Thus, if you consider downloading it, you agree that your browser might crash or freeze due to an excessive amount of ads. However, security experts believe that it’s better to choose reliable anti-spyware instead of this one.

Questions about BrowserSafeguard virus

However, if you already installed this shady security software on the system, you should get rid of it immediately. The quickest way to remove BrowserSafeguard is to scan the system with professional malware removal program that quickly identifies it as an adware. However, if you prefer manual elimination method, you can find the instructions below.

The image of BrowserSafeguard adware
BrowserSafeguard is presented as anti-spyware; however, after the installation it works as an adware.

Questionable anti-spyware might be installed without asking direct permission

This questionable program is completely free and can be downloaded from various sites. However, it has become an unwritten rule that the most of the free programs[3] come hand-in-hand with adware programs that are used for advertising.

Moreover, BrowserSafeguard hijack might occur during the installation of freeware and shareware.[4] This dubious program may enter your computer right after the installation of a doubtful free program. That is why you should be very careful what programs you are installing.

To avoid similar intruders, you should follow a couple of safety rules that were designed by[5] security experts:

  • If you need to install a program, check whether this program is safe enough by reading comments and reviews about it.
  • Read terms of agreement section before any doubtful installation.
  • Opt for “Advanced” or “Custom” installation instead of “Quick” or “Recommended.”

Uninstall BrowserSafeguard from the computer entirely

Follow these steps to remove BrowserSafeguard from your computer:

  1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Uninstall a Program.
  2. When in the Add/Remove Programs (or Uninstall a Program), look for recently installed/unfamiliar applications, such as TidyNetwork, DesktopWeatherAlerts, Optimizer Pro, Driver Pro, MyPC Backup, AtuZi, etc.
  3. Click Uninstall and then OK to save the changes.

Once you get rid of the program, you should also reset your browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer):

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the wrench icon and go to Manage Add-ons.
  2. Go to Toolbars and extensions and remove TidyNetwork, DesktopWeatherAlerts, Optimizer Pro, Driver Pro, MyPC Backup, AtuZi, etc.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the orange arrow button (left corner) and go to Add-ons.
  2. Here, choose Extensions and remove TidyNetwork, DesktopWeatherAlerts, Optimizer Pro, Driver Pro, MyPC Backup, AtuZi and other unknown extensions from the list.

Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu button on the Google Chrome browser, select Tools -> Extensions.
  2. Here, look for TidyNetwork, DesktopWeatherAlerts, Optimizer Pro, Driver Pro, MyPC Backup, AtuZi and other unfamiliar entries.
  3. Select each of them and choose Trash can icon to delete them.

Below you can find the illustrated guide how to wipe out this potentially unwanted program from the system. However, if manual removal seems complicated, you can opt for the automatic BrowserSafeguard removal. It requires scanning the system with reputable anti-malware.

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To remove BrowserSafeguard virus, follow these steps:

Remove BrowserSafeguard from Windows systems

Follow these steps to wipe out adware from the Windows OS:

  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 BrowserSafeguard and related programs
    Here, look for BrowserSafeguard 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'

Uninstall BrowserSafeguard from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for BrowserSafeguard or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of BrowserSafeguard from Internet Explorer (IE)

This guide will help you to get rid of BrowserSafeguard ads:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for BrowserSafeguard and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete BrowserSafeguard removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete BrowserSafeguard virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, BrowserSafeguard should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase BrowserSafeguard from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow these steps to remove all adware-related components from the Mozilla Firefox:

  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 BrowserSafeguard 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete BrowserSafeguard removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate BrowserSafeguard from Google Chrome

These guidelines will help you to wipe out suspicious components from Google Chrome and reset the browser:

  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 BrowserSafeguard 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete BrowserSafeguard removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove BrowserSafeguard 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 BrowserSafeguard or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 BrowserSafeguard removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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