Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
BrowseFox removal guide
BrowseFox is a browser add-on which shows 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, such negative associations originate from the fact that BrowseFox is being distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling. Technically this browser add-on is not a virus or malware, however due to it's distribution method and the fact that it generates various unwanted ads, it may be categorized as being a potentially unwanted application or adware. Many Internet users states that this plug-in was installed on their Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent.
Such unwilling installation of BrowseFox is caused by various download clients which are being used by free software download websites. Download clients are small programs which manage the download process of the free software. Computer users should be aware that nowadays the majority of download websites are using such download clients which often promote potentially unwanted browser add-ons. Internet users who doesn't pay close attention to the download process of free software can easily end up installing BrowseFox or other adware in their computers.
While BrowseFox is not a virus or malware, on majority of cases it installs on user's Internet browsers without their consent, moreover it causes unwanted ads and may lead to browser slow-downs and privacy issues. It's similar to other adware which is being promoted using free software downloads, for example LemurLeap, Lucky Leap and WebCake. The best way of protecting one's Internet browsers from such potentially unwanted applications is paying close attention when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of any promoted software and browser add-ons. When installing the downloaded freeware be sure to choose "advanced" or "custom" installation options instead of "typical" or "quick" - this will allow to opt-out installation of advertised browser toolbars and other adware. If you already see "BrowseFox Ads" and "Powered by BrowseFox" advertisements when browsing the Internet, use the provided removal guide and eliminate BrowseFox adware from your computer.
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". Locate "Programs and Features".
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 left 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 "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "BrowseFox" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of BrowseFox you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove BrowseFox from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "BrowseFox" select it and click on a trash can icon.
If BrowseFox extension is greyed out and you can't 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?
Remove BrowseFox from Mozilla FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "BrowseFox".
If you are having problems with the removal of BrowseFox you can reset you Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.