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Browsing Secure adware. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as Browsing Secure ads, ads by Browsing Secure | Type: Adware

Browsing Secure – a potentially unwanted program that disrupts web browsing activities

Browsing Secure adware
Browsing Secure is an adware program that claims to help users to browse internet safer, but instead tracks them for monetary gain

Browsing Secure is an adware[1] application that stealthily gets into users' computers and performs various system changes in order to carry out its suspicious activities. Developers of the program claim that it is capable of enhancing browser performance, making the web browsing more secure, as well as protecting against phishing attacks. However, security experts claim that this potentially unwanted program delivers the intrusive advertisement based on users' browsing habits, collects various data and promotes other PUPs as legitimate software. Browsing Secure adware is simply not what it claims to be.

SUMMARY
Name Browsing Secure
Type Adware
Affected OS Windows
Distribution Software bundling
Symptoms Intrusive ads, redirects to dubious sites, installation of additional components without permission, etc.
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Upon infiltration, Browsing Secure adware creates a scheduled task which is launched each time computer starts and reoccurs every 10 minutes. It then initiates a JavaScript[2] that launches a secureup.exe executable that runs in the Task Manager. This allows Browsing Secure virus to perform its dubious tasks, like display pop-ups, banners, coupons, discounts, in-text links, video and another type of advertisements.

The virtual layer of ads may conceal the background of legitimate websites and disrupt web browsing sessions. Additionally, users may notice the following labels on pop-ups:

  • Ads by Browsing Secure
  • Browsing Secure Ads
  • Powered by Browsing Secure
  • Brought to you by Browsing Secure, etc.

Some of the advertisements generated by Browsing Secure adware might lead to legitimate websites (for example, promote reputable security software), but oftentimes it will show dubious pop-ups that can lead to unsafe sites. This way, installing malware could be just a step away. Do not let that happen and remove Browsing Secure virus from your computer right now.

Just like any other advertising company, Browsing Secure adware gathers a significant amount of non-personally identifiable information, which includes, but is not limited to IP address, web search history, links clicked, bookmarks added, technical data of the device and similar.

This helps Browsing Secure adware authors to create a virtual profile (an ID) of every person that has the application installed. What happens is, each time the person visits any websites, he or she will be introduced to ads that are close to his or her interests. For example, if you were interested in car parts, Browsing Secure adware will display those products that sponsors are selling.

Unfortunately, some of the gathered data may even include personal information, like email address, name, address or even credit card details. Security researchers[3] warn that users should never enter any credentials into dubious sites, as it can lead to identity fraud or money theft.

To make matters even worse, Browsing Secure adware can inject the computer with additional dubious software, such as browser extensions, toolbars, system optimizers and similar useless programs. The bloatware will clutter the machine and make it work slower. Therefore, do not delay Browsing Secure adware removal, as it is crucial for virtual safety and computer security. To make sure that all potentially unwanted apps are eliminated, use Reimage.

Software bundling – the most prominent distribution technique used by PUP authors

Potentially unwanted programs may settle down on your PC's system without even being noticed, as they spread with the help of freeware and shareware. An inattentive installation may cause infiltration of a whole pack of PUPs. If you want to prevent this from happening, you should always check Advanced/Custom settings because it's the only way to see what optional components your selected freeware carries and the only possibility to opt out of them.

You should also make sure you download software from secure sources. For example, dubious file sharing websites often contain malware that can be disguised as a legitimate application. Therefore, refrain yourself from visiting such domains. Additionally, do not get tricked by various ads to install scareware or other similar programs on your machines – always question things and do some research.

The way to remove Browsing Secure for good

Users are quite unhappy with Browsing Secure adware removal results, as the suspicious app seems to be coming back. This usually happens if you pick a manual elimination method. Nevertheless, some users succeeded and had no problems with it whatsoever. Therefore, if you decide to get rid of Browsing Secure virus by yourself, make sure you follow our guide below.

However, we highly recommend you scan your machine with reputable security software. As we already mentioned, the dubious app may have installed additional components onto your system which you might not be aware of. Thus, to remove Browsing Secure adware safely, use one of the below-mentioned programs – you won't have to worry about anything.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Browsing Secure adware, follow these steps:

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Delete Browsing Secure from Windows systems

To eliminate Browsing Secure from your Windows system, follow these steps:

  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 Browsing Secure and related programs
    Here, look for Browsing Secure 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'
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Erase Browsing Secure 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 Browsing Secure 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'
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Remove Browsing Secure from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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 Browsing Secure 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 Browsing Secure removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Eliminate Browsing Secure adware 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, Browsing Secure should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Browsing Secure from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Browsing Secure 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 Browsing Secure removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Browsing Secure from Google Chrome

It is a good idea to reset Chrome to eliminate all traces left by adware:

  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 Browsing Secure 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 Browsing Secure removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Browsing Secure 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 Browsing Secure 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 Browsing Secure removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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