How to remove the rogue Cent Browser from your operating system?
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What is Cent Browser?
Cent Browser is an untrustworthy browser based on the Chromium open-source project. It has been observed operating as adware, and it also promotes the internet-start.net fake search engine - which is a browser hijacker trait. Since most users install Cent Browser unintentionally, it is also classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Cent Browser adware in detail
Adware enables the placement of pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, surveys, full-page, and other intrusive advertisements on visited websites or different interfaces. The displayed ads negatively affect the browsing quality and pose a threat to device/user safety.
These adverts endorse various untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, and even malicious sites. Some intrusive advertisements can infiltrate software (e.g., PUAs) into systems - upon being clicked.
Cent Browser has been noted promoting the internet-start.net fraudulent web searcher. This is how browser hijackers operate - they assign the addresses of their search engine' as browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs. Hence, new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries typed into the URL bar - redirect to the promoted address (e.g., internet-start.net).
Fake web searchers are seldom capable of providing search results, and if they can - the results are inaccurate and may promote dubious/malicious content. Since these web searching tools typically cannot - they redirect to Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other genuine search engines.
Most PUAs (adware included) collect users' browsing activity and personally identifiable information, which can then be monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties. To summarize, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Cent Browser|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Detection Names (rogue installer)||Avast (FileRepMalware [PUP]), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.GenericFCA.Agent.25698), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/DriverPack.F Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.DriverPack.blrk), Microsoft (PUABundler:Win32/DriverPack), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (Cent Browser)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Additional Information||Cent Browser appears in the Windows Programs and Features list under the Google Chrome icon with the title "Chrone" (like Chrome but with an "n")|
|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.
Rogue browser examples
ShieldBrowser, Gate, InLog, and WebDefence are some examples of rogue browsers. Nearly all PUAs (e.g., untrustworthy browsers, adware, browser hijackers, etc.) appear legitimate and offer "handy" functionalities, which are seldom operational. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, as the only aim of unwanted applications is to generate profit for the developers.
How did Cent Browser install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g., Cent Browser) have "official" promotional/download sites. These apps are also proliferated using the "bundling" technique - packing regular programs with various supplements. Rushed downloads/installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device. Intrusive advertisements are used to distribute PUAs as well. Once clicked on, the adverts can make downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is highly recommended to research software and download from official/verified channels. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled/dangerous programs and media.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study available options, and use the "Custom/Advanced" settings to opt-out from all additions. Intrusive ads appear harmless, yet they redirect to various unreliable/questionable sites (e.g., pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.).
In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this kind, the device must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with Cent Browser, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Cent Browser's detailed information:
Website used to promote Cent Browser:
Appearance of Cent Browser causing a redirect via internet-start.net fake search engine (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Cent Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Cent Browser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Cent Browser ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Cent Browser' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Cent Browser extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Cent Browser 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 "Cent Browser" (can be hidden under the name "Chrone Browser"), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Cent Browser ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Cent Browser adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Cent Browser did not install its browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, 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:
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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by cent browser, 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by cent browser 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 cent browser, 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 can decrease system performance and diminish the browsing experience. This software typically has data tracking abilities, which make it a privacy threat. What is more, the ads delivered by adware - can be dubious/malicious and cause other serious problems.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It operates by delivering intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., this software displays various adverts on any visited site and/or different interfaces.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware developers profit by promoting websites, applications, services, products, and so on. To elaborate, commission might be earned from ad clicks, site visits, service subscriptions, product purchases, or similar.
Is Cent Browser legal?
In most cases, unwanted software is considered legal as its End User License Agreements (EULA) usually provide information about its potential behavior.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Cent Browser adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your device and eliminate installed adware-type applications. It is worth mentioning that manual removal is not perfect in all cases. Sometimes, even after the software is (manually) removed - leftover files remain hidden within the system. Furthermore, such components can continue running and causing issues.
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