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SZBrowser. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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SZBrowser is a legitimate browser offered by Avast

Avast Secure Browser
SZBrowser is a browser that focuses on online security

SZBrowser is a component of Avast Safe Zone and is commonly referred to as Avast Secure Browser. It is usually offered when installing Avast anti-virus software and is based on the Chromium project.[1] It provides a variety of enhanced features when it comes to internet security, including AdBlock, Anti-Phishing, Privacy Cleaner and many other security components. While some users might be fascinated by its functionality, it was reported that Avast Security browser suffers from JavaScript[2] attacks, which allows hackers to intercept and harvest all private data of the user. Additionally, users complained about lack of support if any issues arise.

Summary
Name SZBrowser/Avast Secure Browser
Type Browser
Based on Chromium project
Installation Offered together with Avast software
Elimination Follow our instructions below
Protection We suggest you scan your PC using Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner to make sure no viruses managed to enter your machine

Avast Secure browser was only available with the paid version of Avast anti-virus software, but users can now download it for free online. Nevertheless, some complained about the browser appearing seemingly out of nowhere and were looking for quick SZBrowser removal solutions. 

Chromium is an open-source project started by Google which allows developers to create their own browsers based on Google Chrome. As to be expected, several bad actors to put their fingers on it, which later turned into Chromium virus. Nevertheless, SZBrowser's flaw had nothing to with Chromium itself but was rather embedded in program's feature – SafeZone’s Bank Mode.

Google Project Zero researcher Travis Ormandy revealed the security flaw[3] in 2015. He claimed that malicious JavaScript code could be executed into the mentioned feature, granting attackers full access to users' data.  Eventually, Avast patched the security flaw in 2016. However, users who did not patch their software should immediately do it, or remove SZBrowser altogether.

SafeZone browser includes the following protection features:

  • Ad blocker: this add-on can be downloaded separately on other browsers, but the feature is automatically included;
  • Bank Mode: this mode allows users to perform banking and shopping transactions safely. The module runs its own DNS servers, completely isolating users from potential threats;
  • Password manager: the feature allows users to use suggested passwords and sync them between desktop and mobile applications;
  • SafePrice: works like a price-comparison tool, offering other options for purchase.

There are many more features included in the SafeZone browser. However, due to already mentioned vulnerability, it is unknown how secure the application actually is. Thus, experts recommend using more prominent browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera or Safari.

Among picking reliable browser, we also suggest you use security software and PC repair tools like Reimage. These applications will make sure that your machine is running smoothly and virus-free.

SZBrowser
SZBrowser is legitimate application provided by Avast

Avoid potentially unwanted applications by being attentive during program installation

Unwanted applications are often introduced to users' computers during the installation of freeware and shareware. The process is called software bundling and is used by millions of distributors. Some are reputable, but sore software developers can hide adware or other potentially unwanted programs inside installation managers.

Therefore, it is vital to learn how to install applications correctly. First of all, you should be wary of the download source – third-party websites might offer you apps that will flood your browser with ads, coupons, banners, pop-ups and other commercial content, disturbing browsing sessions on the daily basis.

During the installation, make sure you select Advanced/Custom installation settings, as Recommended/Quick ones can hide optional components that would otherwise be installed on the system. Typically, if a Recommended option is picked, users simply skip steps that reveal the hidden elements.

Uninstall SZBrowser from your computer

Some people claimed that uninstalling the app is almost impossible. We must assure you that it is not true and getting rid of it is entirely possible. That being said, users should enter the Control Panel and find the app to remove SZBrowser from their PCs. If, for some reason that did not work, users should enter Safe Mode with Networking.

The man reason for SZBrowser removal is its unexpected appearance on the machine, and users were really unhappy about this “surprise.” While the security of the app is questionable, it is not malicious at all and can be used by anyone, if desired. Nevertheless, as we already mentioned, we recommend users to pick more trusted browsers.

In case the uninstallation did not succeed, you should enter Safe Mode with Networking and proceed from there:

  • Go to Sign in screen
  • Press and hold Shift key and click on Power button and pick Restart
  • Once Windows restarts, choose Troubleshoot
  • Select Advanced options > Startup Settings
  • Pick Enable Safe Mode and click Restart

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