How to remove Beach Browser application from your browser
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What kind of application is Beach Browser?
While examining Beach Browser, we discovered that it is a browser extension designed to promote a shady search engine (search.beach-browser.com). Beach Browser promotes search.beach-browser.com by hijacking a web browser (by changing its settings). Users should not trust this application.
Beach Browser browser hijacker overview
Beach Browser is a type of app that takes control of a user's web browser and changes its settings. This includes changing the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. Beach Browser may also display unwanted ads and collect user data, which can be used for targeted advertising or other purposes.
Search.beach-browser.com is a search engine that is associated with Beach Browser. It is considered to be a shady search engine because it may display irrelevant or misleading search results and may also redirect users to other websites that contain malware or other harmful content.
Additionally, search.beach-browser.com may collect user data, such as search history and browsing habits, which can be used for targeted advertising or other purposes.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Beach Browser|
|Supposed Functionality||Accurate search results|
|Detection Names (search.beach-browser.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (search.beach-browser.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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Browser hijacker examples
It is generally recommended to avoid using Beach Browser and search.beach-browser.com and to remove them from your system if they have already been installed. This can be done by using a reputable antivirus or anti-malware software to scan your computer.
Examples of browser-hijacking applications are Online Video Platforms, Cosmic, and Airplanes - New Tab.
How did Beach Browser install on my computer?
Users download and install or add browser hijackers in a number of ways, often without realizing it. Browser hijackers are often bundled with free software downloads, such as media players, file converters, or system optimizers. When users download and install these programs, they may also inadvertently install the browser hijacker along with it.
Some browser hijackers are disguised as software updates or security patches. Users may inadvertently download and install the browser hijacker when they click on these fake update prompts. In other cases, users may visit malicious websites that contain pop-ups or banners designed to trick them into downloading and installing/adding browser hijackers.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Only download apps from reputable sources, such as the official website of the software developer or a trusted download platform like the Microsoft Store, Mac App Store, or Google Play Store. When downloading software, be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully.
Look for any mentions of additional software that may be installed along with the program. During the installation process, pay close attention to any checkboxes or prompts that offer to install additional software or change your browser settings. Do not click on links or download files from unknown sources.
If your computer is already infected with Beach Browser, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Search.beach-browser.com provides search results (GIF)
Permissions asked by Beach Browser browser hijacker:
Website promoting Beach Browser browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Beach Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Beach Browser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Beach Browser browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove search.beach-browser.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove search.beach-browser.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Beach Browser 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.beach-browser.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Beach Browser browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "Beach Browser" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Beach Browser", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.beach-browser.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 "search.beach-browser.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.beach-browser.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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "Beach Browser", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "Beach Browser", remove hxxp://search.beach-browser.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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 search.beach-browser.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 search.beach-browser.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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit search.beach-browser.com website?
The creators of search.beach-browser.com generate more revenue as the number of users visiting the site increases.
Is visiting search.beach-browser.com a threat to my privacy?
Websites (search engines) such as search.beach-browser.com can collect various information about their visitors. Usually, they gather browsing-related data.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are typically distributed through software bundling, fake software updates, and shady websites. Users may inadvertently download and install browser hijackers when downloading free software or clicking on links from unknown sources.
Will Combo Cleaner help me Beach Browser browser hijacker?
Combo Cleaner can scan your computer and remove browser-hijacking applications. However, manual removal is not always effective as multiple browser hijackers can be present and may reinstall one another.
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