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Remove Mustang Browser (Removal Guide)

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Mustang Browser FAQ:

“What is Mustang Browser?”, “How did this browser enter my computer?”, “How can I remove this browser from my computer?” Here is just a small part of questions that have been spreading on the Internet. If you are one of PC users who found this program on each of their web browsers, you should think what freeware have you just installed on your computer. ‘Bundling’ has become a very popular method used for spreading questionable apps around and Mustang Browser virus is one of them. To prevent its appearance, you should always opt for Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware.

Why should you stay away from this browser? First of all, it is clear that it has been spread with the help of questionable methods. Also, it is capable of hijacking all of the web browsers without an appropriate permission asked. After doing so, this program may start pushing its victims into using its search engine. We do NOT recommend ignoring such activity as the most of such search engines are set to show sponsored search results for their users. Besides, you may also start noticing Mustang Browser redirects to unknown websites. If you don’t want to be tricked into visiting a malicious website, you should stay away from this program. Finally, this app may start tracking its victims for collecting more information for its developers. It includes search terms, information about mostly used websites, user’s email address, PC’s location, its IP address and similar data. Would you like to reveal it to unknown people? We don’t think so. To sum up, Mustang Browser virus is not the browser that you need. If you have already downloaded it in a software package or alone, the best that you can do is to check your computer with ReimageIntego or another reputable anti-spyware.

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How can I install Mustang Browser on my computer?

Questions about Mustang Browser

You can allow Mustang Browser hijack with the help of two different methods. One of them is quite traditional as it requires downloading this program from its official website with a reason. However, the other method used for the distribution of Mustang virus is called bundling. Beware that you may install it as an “optional component” of other freeware and shareware. Some of the programs that are known for the distribution of this browser are MustangDeals and similar adware. If you want to prevent its stealthy infiltration, the most important thing that you have to remember is to opt out of ‘additional components’ that are spreading along with the freeware you need. To get the ability to see those components, you have to select Advanced or Custom installation mode and carefully monitor the entire installation process. Finally, do not forget to uncheck ticks that are marked alongside them.

Mustang Browser removal:

It is not a big deal if this program has already infiltrated your computer. In this case, you should remove Mustang Browser virus from the system. You can do that with the help of two methods:

  • manual removal method;
  • automatic removal method.

Both of these removal options are considered reliable. However, we believe that automatic removal of Mustang is more effective as you can double check your computer entirely and remove EACH of suspicious programs or their components. Besides, an anti-spyware program, which is required for automatic removal option will help you protect your computer in the future. However, if you want to remove this PUP manually, you can also use a detailed removal guide given below.

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To remove Mustang Browser, follow these steps:

Erase Mustang Browser 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 Mustang Browser and related programs
    Here, look for Mustang Browser 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'
  5. Remove Mustang Browser from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall Mustang Browser from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Mustang Browser from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Mustang Browser 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 Mustang Browser 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 Mustang Browser removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Mustang Browser 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 Mustang Browser-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

Delete Mustang Browser 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 Mustang Browser 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Mustang Browser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Mustang Browser 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 Mustang Browser 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Mustang Browser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Mustang Browser 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 Mustang Browser or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Mustang Browser, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Mustang Browser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. ZaynZayn says:
    February 4th, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Mustang Browser is not a typical browser! It causes redirects and similar problems! Stay away from it!

  2. Passage says:
    February 4th, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I can swear that I didnt install this browser on my computer! I came up out of nowhere..

  3. Paula says:
    February 4th, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I use SpyHunter. It helped me to remove this “browser”..

  4. SamSmith says:
    February 4th, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Good guide!

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