What is Browser Guard?
Browser Guard is a rogue browser extension promising to protect users from accessing malicious and phishing websites. Instead, this piece of software is classified as adware due to running intrusive advertisement campaigns. Furthermore, adware-type products are also considered to be PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Browser Guard adware overview
Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content (e.g., pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.) on any visited website and/or different interfaces. These intrusive advertisements can be misleading, deceptive, and even dangerous.
The adverts endorse various sale-based, untrustworthy, scam, and malicious sites. Some intrusive ads can be triggered (by being clicked on) to download/install software (e.g., PUAs) stealthily.
Furthermore, like most adware types, Browser Guard has data tracking abilities. Targeted information includes: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses, personally identifiable details, etc. The collected data is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties.
To summarize, the presence of data-tracking software on devices can lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Browser Guard|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Browser Guard|
|Supposed Functionality||Access prevention to malicious and phishing websites|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Adware in general
This applies to nearly all PUAs. Unwanted apps are designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, modify browsers (hijack browsers), force-open untrustworthy and malicious websites, and collect private and sensitive information.
How did Browser Guard install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g., Browser Guard) have "official" promotional/download sites. Intrusive advertisements can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user consent - once they are clicked on. PUAs are most commonly spread using the "bundling" technique - packing regular software with unwanted/malicious additions. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised to research software and download it from official/verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled software/media.
When downloading/installing, it is important to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out from all additions. Intrusive advertisements appear harmless, yet they redirect to unreliable and dubious websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this kind, the system must be inspected and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with Browser Guard, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of the website used to promote Browser Guard adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Browser Guard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Browser Guard application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Browser Guard ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Browser Guard' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Browser Guard extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browser Guard adware 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 "Browser Guard", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Browser Guard ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Browser Guard adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Browser Guard", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by browser guard, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Browser Guard".
Computer users who have problems with ads by browser guard 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by browser guard, 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.
Commonly, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware infiltrated into a system can diminish its performance and affect the browsing experience (e.g., overlay webpages, slow down the browsing speed, etc.). This software (e.g., Browser Guard) typically has data tracking abilities, which makes it a threat to user privacy. What is more, adware-displayed ads can be deceptive and malicious, thereby potentially leading to other serious issues.
What does adware do?
Advertising-supported software (adware) is designed to deliver intrusive ad campaigns. In other words, this software displays various advertisements on any visited website and/or different interfaces.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates revenue by endorsing various websites, applications, services, etc. Commission may be earned from ad clicks, site visits, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Browser Guard adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed adware-type applications. It is noteworthy that manual removal might not be ideal. In some cases, even after the software itself is (manually) removed - file leftovers stay in the system. Furthermore, such components can continue running and causing issues