Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
BrowseSmart virus removal instructions
BrowseSmart is a potentially unwanted application developed by SuperWeb LLC. Creators of this browser add-on states that it can make user's Internet browsing more productive by enabling multiple site searching (search results from multiple sources in a single place), displaying website trust ratings and showing coupons and deals while shopping online. While such functionality many seem legitimate, BrowseSmart plugin can be categorized as being a potentially unwanted application or adware - it installs on user's Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent, generated various unwanted ads and tracks user's Internet browsing. Most commonly unwilling installation of this plugin is caused by deceptive free software downloads clients or fake downloads.
After successful infiltration this extension tracks user's Internet surfing by recording IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered and other information. Such tracking can lead to privacy issues or even identity theft. BrowseSmart also generated various unwanted ads - search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial and full page advertisements. Clicking on such ads can lead to installation of malware and viruses. This add-on doesn't add any significant value and can lead to serious malware and privacy issues - it's recommended to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from one's Internet browsers.
BrowseSmart add-on is identical to other adware released by SuperWeb LLC, for example Storimbo, SurfEnhance, WonderBrowse and many other. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications Internet users should be very careful when downloading free software. Nowadays the majority of free software download websites are using download clients to monetize their free services and thus reckless freeware downloading can easily end-up in adware infections. If your download is managed by some download client be sure to opt-out installation of advertised browser plugins by clicking on a decline button. When installing the already downloaded program be sure to choose "advanced" or "custom" installation options instead of "quick" or "typical", this step reveals installation of any bundled software (most commonly adware). If you already see "BrowseSmart Ads", "Powered by BrowseSmart" or "BrowseSmart Deals" advertisements while browsing the Internet use the provided removal instructions and eliminate this 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 "BrowseSmart", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling BrowseSmart scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove BrowseSmart from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove BrowseSmart from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "BrowseSmart" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of BrowseSmart 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 BrowseSmart from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "BrowseSmart" select it and click on a trash can icon.
Remove BrowseSmart from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "BrowseSmart".
If you are having problems with the removal of BrowseSmart 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.