Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
BrowseSmart virus removal instructions
What is BrowseSmart?
BrowseSmart is a potentially unwanted application developed by SuperWeb LLC. Creators of this browser add-on state that it makes Internet browsing more productive by enabling multiple site searching (search results from multiple sources in a single location), displaying website trust ratings, and displaying coupons and deals when shopping online. Whilst such functionality many seem legitimate, the BrowseSmart plugin is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware since it installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and, Mozilla Firefox) without their consent, generates various unwanted ads, and tracks users' Internet browsing habits. Commonly, unwilling installation of this plugin is caused by deceptive free software 'downloads clients' or fake downloads.
Following successful infiltration, this extension tracks users' Internet surfing habits by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, 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 generates various unwanted ads - search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page advertisements. Clicking on these ads can lead to installation of malware and viruses. This add-on adds no significant value and can lead to serious malware and privacy issues, and thus, you are advised to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your Internet browser/s.
The BrowseSmart add-on is identical to other adware released by SuperWeb LLC including Storimbo, SurfEnhance, WonderBrowse, amongst many others. To avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications such as these, Internet users should express caution when downloading free software. Today, the majority of free software download websites use download clients to monetize their free services, and thus, reckless freeware downloading can result in adware infections. If your download is managed a download client, opt-out of installation of advertised browser plugins by clicking the 'decline button'. When installing the downloaded program, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this step reveals installation of any bundled software (commonly, adware). If you observe "BrowseSmart Ads", "Powered by BrowseSmart", or "BrowseSmart Deals" advertisements whilst browsing the Internet, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.
- What is BrowseSmart?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BrowseSmart application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BrowseSmart add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BrowseSmart plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove BrowseSmart 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 "BrowseSmart", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling BrowseSmart, scan your computer for any remaining 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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "BrowseSmart" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of BrowseSmart, 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 BrowseSmart from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "BrowseSmart", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue having problems with the removal of BrowseSmart 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 BrowseSmart from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "BrowseSmart".
If you have problems with removal of BrowseSmart, 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.
BrowseSmart 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 BrowseSmart Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of BrowseSmart 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 BrowseSmart Virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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