What is SurfEnhance?
The SurfEnhance browser plugin promises to make Internet browsing more productive by displaying website ratings, enabling multi-site searching, and comparison shopping. This add-on was created by SuperWeb LLC and is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
Whilst on initial inspection this plugin may appear legitimate, it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application since it installs without users' consent and causes various unwanted ads.
Developers of this add-on use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and thus, most Internet users install this plugin unwillingly together with free software downloaded from the Internet.
After successful installation, SurfEnhance tracks users' Internet surfing by recording the IP address, unique identifier number, operating system, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered and other information. This tracking can result in privacy issues or even identity theft.
Furthermore, this browser extension generates various intrusive ads including search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page advertisements. Clicking these ads can result in installation of additional adware or even malware and virus infections.
If you have accidentally installed this add-on, you are strongly advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.
SurfEnhance adware is identical to previous variants named WonderBrowse and OutoBox. Creators of these potentially unwanted applications (SuperWeb LLC), release identical browser plugins under different names in order to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
At time of research, this adware was distributed through free software 'download clients' (download.com). Internet users should express caution when downloading free software since, today, most freeware download websites use deceptive download clients, which offer installation of additional browser extensions together with the chosen free software.
When downloading freeware, closely inspect each step and decline any offers to install advertised browser plugins. If you observe "SurfEnhance Ads", "SurfEnhance Deals", or "Powered by SurfEnhance" ads when browsing the Internet, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this potentially unwanted application from your computer.
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- What is SurfEnhance?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SurfEnhance application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SurfEnhance add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SurfEnhance plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove SurfEnhance extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SurfEnhance redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 "SurfEnhance", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling SurfEnhance, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove SurfEnhance from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "SurfEnhance" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the surfenhance ads, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "SurfEnhance" select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the surfenhance ads, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "SurfEnhance".
Computer users who have problems with surfenhance ads 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 surfenhance ads, 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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