What is Better Browsing?
Better Browsing is software categorized as a browser hijacker. Following successful infiltration, this app modifies browser settings to promote better-browsing.com (a fake search engine), thereby, essentially hijacking the browser. Additionally, Better Browsing has data tracking capabilities, which are employed to record users' browsing habits.
Since most users install Better Browsing unintentionally, it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers are typical targets of browser hijackers. They assign the addresses of bogus search tools as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. Better Browsing promotes better-browsing.com in this manner.
Therefore, with Better Browsing installed, each search query typed into the URL bar and each new browser tab/window opened redirects to better-browsing.com.
Fake search engines are typically unable to provide unique results, and so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Yahoo, Google, Bing and other legitimate sites - better-browsing.com is no exception, and redirects to DuckDuckGo (duckduckgo.com), a genuine search engine.
Furthermore, recovering a hijacked browser, without eliminating the software responsible, is impossible - any changes users attempt to make are automatically undone, if access to the settings is allowed at all. As mentioned, Better Browsing can track data.
It can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, web pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). This sensitive data is typically shared with third parties seeking to misuse it for profit, potentially, by putting it to criminal use.
To summarize, the presence of data-tracking content can lead to financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Better Browsing|
|Serving IP Address (better-browsing.com)||184.108.40.206|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated internet browser settings (homepage, default internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Plenty O' Apps, Smart Searching Tab, Easy Forms and Manuals Finder are some examples of other browser hijackers. They often seem useful and normal, tempting users into download/installation with offers of various "useful" functions. In fact, the features promised are seldom operational and this is common to most PUAs.
These unwanted apps have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs modify browsers, cause redirects, deliver intrusive ad campaigns and track private information.
How did Better Browsing install on my computer?
Some PUAs have "official" promotional web pages from which they can be downloaded, however, these applications are more commonly downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing normal software with unwanted or malicious additions is termed "bundling".
Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. skimming or ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) increases the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled or dubious content into the system. Once clicked, intrusive advertisements can execute scripts designed to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research all content before download/installation or purchase. Use only official and verified download sources. Untrusted download channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive or bundled content, and should thus be avoided.
When downloading/installing, read the terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and decline additional apps, tools, features, etc. Exercise caution when browsing. Do not click intrusive ads even if they appear normal and harmless, since they can redirect to highly dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and so on).
If you encounter these ads/redirects, check the system and immediately eliminate all suspect applications and browser extensions. If your computer is already infected with Better Browsing, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Better Browsing browser hijacker asking for permissions:
Appearance of Better Browsing browser hijacker (GIF):
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- What is Better Browsing?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Better Browsing application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove better-browsing.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Better Browsing browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove better-browsing.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove better-browsing.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Better Browsing browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Better Browsing"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the better-browsing.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Better Browsing browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://better-browsing.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Better Browsing".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the better-browsing.com redirect, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Better Browsing" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Better Browsing", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.better-browsing.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "better-browsing.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the better-browsing.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Better Browsing", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Better Browsing", remove hxxp://better-browsing.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with better-browsing.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the better-browsing.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
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