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Remove TheBrowser virus (Improved Instructions)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Computer users often complain to us about various pop-ups appearing on their screen all the time. They are wondering what causes such interruptions because they cannot find the cause of the problem. Let us explain you what causes pop-up ads, which also show up as banners and in-text links on the websites you go to. These ads are caused by an adware program. However, if you have noticed these ads and saw such titles: “ads by TheBrowser,” “TheBrowser ads,” “powered by TheBrowser” or “brought to you by TheBrowser,” you should not think that these ads are directly generated by your Internet browser that you are using. They are produced by TheBrowser adware’s browser extension, which has landed on all of your web browsers. Let us explain you how TheBrowser works.

TheBrowser ads – are they dangerous?

TheBrowser belongs to the potentially unwanted programs (PUP) group. TheBrowser adware uses a tricky name that can confuse computer users and think that TheBrowser ads are completely safe. However, TheBrowser program is ad-supported, and it is designed to advertise its sponsors. Generally speaking, this PUP commonly enters victim’s computer without their knowledge and initiates some unexpected changes on it – it installs its components on all of the user’s web browsers. Such seamless and arbitrary activity allows TheBrowser PUP to track your browsing activities. Think – do you want to reveal your browsing history, downloads, bookmarks, search queries and even IP address for a program that collaborates with third-party companies (sponsors of TheBrowser) and that is also considered untrustworthy? We highly doubt it.

Questions about TheBrowser virus

However, that is not the only unwanted activity of TheBrowser. This adware can initiate slowdowns of your computer as it generates numerous ads for you and may display them as pop-ups, banners, or links that are injected into random text on the web pages that you go to. We recommend not clicking on such ads – otherwise you may end up on third-party websites. That is why we call TheBrowser ads misleading – they do not redirect the user to websites that are associated to the content of the ad, but they do redirect the victim to the sites that belong to third-party sponsors. Such vague websites can convince you to install programs or free updates, but software from unreliable sources can be harmful as they may include infectious files. You should not expose your computer for computer threats; that is why we recommend installing a trustworthy anti-spyware tool. Try Reimage – we are sure you are going to be satisfied with it.


How can TheBrowser and similar PUPs infect my computer?

TheBrowser, like any other potentially unwanted program, is developed by people who tend to spread their products seamlessly. For that, they use a popular PUP marketing method – bundling. Bundling means packing several programs together into one software bundle. So apps like TheBrowser, browser hijackers, plug-ins or add-ons are distributed as attachments to other free programs. To avoid installing them, you have to set “advanced” or “custom” installation settings and then remove the tick sign from the boxes near agreements to install them. It is extremely important to NOT rely on the so-called “basic,” “default” and “custom” installation options – they do not expand the installation setup window and do not show the hidden agreements. As a result, you do not get an opportunity to view what components are attached to your desired software.

How to remove this adware that bothers me?

TheBrowser virus is a program that can be eliminated with no stress – it only takes several steps to completely get rid of it. Follow the instructions provided below, and say goodbye for various interferences during your browsing sessions.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 TheBrowser virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser and related programs
    Here, look for TheBrowser 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'

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

Get rid of TheBrowser virus 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, TheBrowser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Fausta says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    It was really a challenge to realize what was wrong with my PC… I could not realize what the hell happened and why I keep receiving loads of irrelevant ads. Like, whaaaat. How to close these…?
    Thanks for clear instructions – they helped me to remove this adware by myself!

  2. JustJustin says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    It seems too hard for me to follow these instructions. Can you help me? I am not sure which programs to uninstall on the Control Panel.

  3. JustJustin says:
    November 9th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I wanted to say, it is UNCLEAR which programs I should remove as I do not know which ones are supposed to be the “bad” ones.

  4. martha17 says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Its stuck on my computer. However, I will install SpyHunter. I think its worth to get it because the comments on the web usually claim that it is reliable. Ill give it a go. 🙂

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