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How to eliminate Browser Guard adware and the adverts it delivers?

Also Known As: Ads by Browser Guard
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

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 asking for data-related permissions

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.

Threat Summary:
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)

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Adware in general

Auto Ad SkipperDomain InfoBadURLDefenderClip Finder, and MinePass are some examples of adware. It appears legitimate and offers "useful" functionalities, which are usually nonoperational.

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:

Browser Guard adware promoting website

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Quick menu:

Browser Guard adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

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.

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.

macOS (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.

Browser Guard adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Browser Guard  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing Browser Guard ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Browser Guard 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 "Browser Guard".

Removing Browser Guard ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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 browser guard, 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.

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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

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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

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