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Remove BrowsingGuard ads (Removal Guide) - updated Aug 2016

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

What causes the appearance of BrowsingGuard ads?

If you wonder why “Ads by BrowsingGuard” keep showing up on your computer screen, there is no need to search for the answer too far away. BrowsingGuard virus generates these ads, just like the line on these ads suggests. This program can significantly diminish your browsing experience, and it is not surprising why security researchers have categorized this program as potentially unwanted one.

Although the official Guard’s website suggests that it is a tool that can provide browsing protection and prevent phishing attacks, it seems that this program was developed only to implement pay-per-click advertising scheme. It appears that it is an ad-supported app, which showcases various third-party advertisements for the user during each browsing session, and surprisingly, most of these ads look superb. There is no doubt that they can lure the victim into clicking on them, but we highly recommend you not to do so. If you clicked on these ads, you would be redirected to some third-party website, and we cannot guarantee that it is going to be a reliable one. Be aware that Terms of Use document, which is presented in the official BrowsingGuard adware website, says that “Browsing Guard does not guarantee the results of the Services, and any use that you make of them shall be at your sole risk and expense. Browsing Guard shall not be liable to you for any special, indirect, consequential, lost profits, or punitive damages.” as you can see, authors of this app warn users about possible dangers you may encounter while using this application. Unfortunately, this indicates that BrowsingGuard ads can take you to untrustworthy or even possibly dangerous Internet sites. BrowsingGuard adware displays ads

Questions about BrowsingGuard ads

It is not like you are going to get one or two ads once in a while. Adware programs tend to spam the victim with loads of pop-up, banner, and in-text ads, and seeing these ads every day can annoy you to death. What is more, this PUP uses your computer’s memory while its active and prevents other programs from running smoothly. As a result, the entire computer is forced to decrease its speed. If you do not want to experience system slowdowns, it is better to remove BrowsingGuard. Install a reliable anti-malware, e.g. Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to remove it, or use instructions provided below.

How does this program hijack computers?

People who are responsible for distribution of such programs tend to bundle them with other, typically more popular free applications, as this way they can be distributed better and installed by more computer users. Distributors know that computer users are often inattentive and that they tend to rely on Default installation settings, which is a big, big mistake. When you choose these settings, you automatically give permissions to all “recommended programs” to be installed with the program that you have downloaded. To see these attachments, the user needs to switch the installation settings to either Custom or Advanced mode and deselect all additional entries. You can install BrowsingGuard from its official site as well. No matter which way have you downloaded and installed this program, it deserves to be removed. You can find its removal guidelines below.

How to remove BrowsingGuard?

Luckily, BrowsingGuard virus does not hide its files, so it is not that complicated to find and delete them manually. However, we believe that you should still follow BrowsingGuard removal instructions that we have prepared in order to uninstall this browser hijacker in a correct way. You can find them below; additionally, you can scan your PC with an anti-malware application just to ascertain that there are no other dangerous programs on the computer system.

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To remove BrowsingGuard ads, follow these steps:

Remove BrowsingGuard from Windows systems

  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 BrowsingGuard and related programs
    Here, look for BrowsingGuard 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'

Eliminate BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard 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'

Delete BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase BrowsingGuard ads 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, BrowsingGuard should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall BrowsingGuard from Google Chrome

  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 BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard 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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Jameson says:
    July 28th, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Thank you – BrowsingGuard is gone. 🙂

  2. Alenna22 says:
    July 28th, 2016 at 8:00 am

    BrowsingGuard ads still show up… I probably missed a step in this tutorial. Gotta read it all over once more.

  3. ivory says:
    July 28th, 2016 at 8:01 am

    It seems so hard to find files that belong to this app! I am searching for them all over my computer, but ads still show up. ugh…

  4. Cristine says:
    July 28th, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Thanks – Reimage deleted this.

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