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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. ReimageIntego 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

To remove BrowsingGuard ads 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 BrowsingGuard ads (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.

Eliminate BrowsingGuard from Mac OS X system

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

Remove BrowsingGuard ads from Applications folder:

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

Delete BrowsingGuard 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 BrowsingGuard ads 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 BrowsingGuard ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase BrowsingGuard ads 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 BrowsingGuard ads-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 BrowsingGuard from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 BrowsingGuard ads 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 BrowsingGuard ads 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 BrowsingGuard ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall BrowsingGuard from Google Chrome

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 BrowsingGuard ads 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 BrowsingGuard ads-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 BrowsingGuard ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove BrowsingGuard from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

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

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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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