BrowsingGuard Adware

Also Known As: Ads by BrowsingGuard
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

BrowsingGuard removal instructions

What is BrowsingGuard?

BrowsingGuard is a deceptive application claiming to improve Internet browsing safety. On initial inspection, BrowsingGuard may seem legitimate and useful, however, due to rogue behavior (stealth installation without users' consent, tracking of web browsing activity, display of intrusive online ads), BrowsingGuard is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

BrowsingGuard adware

Following successful infiltration, BrowsingGuard generates pop-up, banner, and other similar ads. To achieve this, developers employ a 'virtual layer' - a tool that enables placement of third party graphical on any site. Displayed advertisements (that do not originate from visited websites) often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. Furthermore, some redirect to rogue sites that might contain infectious content - clicking them is risky and can result in further computer infections. BrowsingGuard collects various information types relating to Internet browsing activity including IP addresses, website URLs visited, and search queries entered into search engines. Initially, this data may seem insignificant, however, some of the collected information will be personally identifiable that developers of BrowsingGuard share with cooperating third parties. Research shows that private data is often misused to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to remove BrowsingGuard from your computer immediately.

BrowsingGuard is regular adware and, thus, has very similar characteristics to hundreds of other adware type applications. Examples include QkSee, NetSecure, OtherSearch, and Vertech. All adware offers 'valuable functions', however, these claims are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Apps such as BrowsingGuard are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and provide no real value for regular users. Rather than providing the features promised, apps such as BrowsingGuard collect personal data (which is later sold to third parties) and deliver intrusive online advertisements (using the "Pay Per Click" [PPC] advertising model).

How did BrowsingGuard install on my computer?

Although BrowsingGuard has an official download website, many users install this application without their consent. This is due to a deceptive software marketing method called "bundling", which is used to distribute BrowsingGuard. Bundling is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software. Developers hide these PUPs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Skipping this section can lead to inadvertent installation of bogus programs - users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

This situation can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software - select the "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully observe each step. Secondly, decline all offers to download/install additional apps and cancel those already included. Most bundled programs are rogue and, therefore, you should never install them.

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Quick menu:

BrowsingGuard adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

BrowsingGuard adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "BrowsingGuard", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes BrowsingGuard ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove BrowsingGuard adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, BrowsingGuard did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing BrowsingGuard ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing BrowsingGuard ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by browsingguard, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing BrowsingGuard  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing BrowsingGuard ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by browsingguard, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing BrowsingGuard ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing BrowsingGuard ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by browsingguard removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by browsingguard, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
Ads by BrowsingGuard QR code
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