Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Browsebit?
Browsebit is a potentially unwanted application developed by SuperWeb LLC. This company is known for releasing identical browser plugins (adware) under different names in order to avoid detection by antivirus and anti-spyware programs. This add-on is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.
Commonly, Internet users install this plugin without their consent when downloading free software. While Browsebit promises to make Internet browsing more productive by adding multiple site search capabilities and displaying website trust ratings, in fact, this plugin adds no significant value, and moreover, generates intrusive ads and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
After successful infiltration, this add-on generates search, banner, text link, transitional, interstitial, and full page advertisements. Browsebit is also known to track users' IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browser information, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered, and other software and hardware information.
A clear indication that your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox) are infected with this adware, are "Browsebit Ads", "Browsebit Deals", and "Powered by Browsebit" advertisements visible whilst browsing the Internet.
This add-on is identical to previous variants named Storimbo, Trontizer, BrowseSmart, amongst many others. While browsebit is not a virus or malware, clicking on advertisements generated by this plugin can lead to high-risk security infections. Furthermore, this browser extension tracks users' Internet browsing habits, behavior that can lead to serious privacy issues.
The best way to avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications is to pay close attention to free software downloading steps. Today, most freeware download websites use deceptive 'download clients', which are used to monetize their free downloads by offering installation of additional browser plugins (in most cases adware).
When downloading free software, look for offers to install promoted browser plugins and opt-out of them by clicking the 'decline' button.
When installing a recently-downloaded free program, use the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this step reveals installation of any bundled browser plugins. If you observe ads generated by browsebit, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s.
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- What is Browsebit?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Browsebit application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Browsebit add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Browsebit plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Browsebit extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Browsebit extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browsebit virus 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 "Browsebit", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Browsebit, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Browsebit 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 "Browsebit" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsebit 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: "Browsebit", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsebit 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 remove "Browsebit".
Computer users who have problems with browsebit 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 browsebit 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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