Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
SwiftBrowse ads and deals removal instructions
What is SwiftBrowse?
SwiftBrowse is a potentially unwanted application, which installs on users' Internet browsers together with free software downloaded from the Internet. This browser plugin is developed by Super Web LLC and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Whilst creators of this add-on state that it is useful and enhances the Internet browsing experience (by displaying website ratings and adding multi-site search capabilities), many computer users refer to SwiftBrowse as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since this browser extension installs on users' computers without their consent, and moreover, the plugin causes unwanted ads and diminishes Internet browser performance.
Technically, SwiftBrowse is not a virus or malware, however, due its deceptive distribution method (bundling with free software), and its ability to cause unwanted ads and privacy issues, it is categorized as adware. Internet users should be aware that this add-on generates search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page ads, and furthermore, tracks Internet browsing habits (recording the IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, other software and hardware information). While SwiftBrowse is not a virus, it adds little or no useful functionality and may lead to malware infections or identity theft, and thus, you are strongly advised to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s.
SwiftBrowse is identical to other free browser add-ons developed by Super Web LLC, including Xaven and Illoxum amongst many others. This company releases identical rogue browser add-on under different names in order to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Commonly, such adware is distributed using 'download clients', which are employed by free download websites in order to manage the download process of freeware offered. To avoid installation of SwiftBrowse, or similar potentially unwanted applications, click 'decline' if you are offered installation of any promoted browser add-ons. A clear indication that your Internet browser/s is infiltrated by this adware are "SwitfBrowse Ads", "Powered by SwiftBrowse", and "SwitfBrowse Deals" advertisements generated whilst surfing the Internet. To remove this adware from your computer, use the removal instructions provided.
- What is SwiftBrowse?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SwiftBrowse application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SwiftBrowse add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SwiftBrowse 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 "SwiftBrowse", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling SwiftBrowse, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove SwiftBrowse from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove SwiftBrowse from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "SwiftBrowse" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of SwiftBrowse, 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 SwiftBrowse from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "SwiftBrowse", select it and click the trash can icon.
If the SwiftBrowse extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
If you continue having problems with the removal of SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse 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: "SwiftBrowse".
If you have problems with removal of SwiftBrowse, 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.
SwiftBrowse Virus 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 SwiftBrowse Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of SwiftBrowse Virus 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 SwiftBrowse Virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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