Also Known As: Browse Fox Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
BrowseFox removal guide
What is BrowseFox?
The BrowseFox browser add-on displays various ads (in-text, pop-up, coupon, etc.) when Internet users surf the Internet. Many computer users refer to this browser extension as a virus or adware. These negative associations are made since BrowseFox is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Technically, this browser add-on is not considered a virus or malware, however, due to the distribution method used and ability to generate unwanted ads, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware. Many Internet users state that this plug-in was installed on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent.
Unwilling installation of BrowseFox is caused by various 'download clients', which are used by free software download websites. Download clients are small programs, which manage the download process of free software. Computer users should be aware that, today, the majority of download websites use download clients that often promote potentially unwanted browser add-ons. Internet users who do not pay close enough attention to the download process of free software, can inadvertently install BrowseFox or other adware on their computers.
Whilst BrowseFox is not a virus or malware, it mostly installs on users' Internet browsers without their consent, and moreover, causes unwanted ads and may lead to diminished browser performance and privacy issues. BrowseFox is similar to other adware promoted via free software downloads including LemurLeap, Lucky Leap, and WebCake. The best way to protect your Internet browsers from these potentially unwanted applications is to pay close attention when downloading free software. If your software download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline installation of any promoted software and browser add-ons. When installing the downloaded freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this allows you to opt-out of installation of advertised browser toolbars and other adware. If you observe "BrowseFox Ads" and "Powered by BrowseFox" advertisements when browsing the Internet, use the removal guide provided to eliminate BrowseFox adware from your computer.
- What is BrowseFox?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BrowseFox application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BrowseFox add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BrowseFox plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove BrowseFox extension from Mozilla Firefox.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "BrowseFox", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling BrowseFox, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove BrowseFox from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove BrowseFox from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "BrowseFox" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of BrowseFox, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove BrowseFox from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "BrowseFox" select it and click on the trash can icon.
If the BrowseFox extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue having problems with the removal of BrowseFox add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove BrowseFox from Mozilla FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "BrowseFox".
If you have problems with the removal of BrowseFox, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
BrowseFox Ads is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.
Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in BrowseFox Ads distribution:
To avoid installation of BrowseFox Ads be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:
When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove BrowseFox Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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