Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is BrowserSafeguard?
The BrowserSafeguard application claims to protect users' whilst surfing the Internet by warning of suspicious sites and blocking dangerous content. BrowserSafeguard is compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, and while its initiative to protect Internet users from malware infections is valid, this application has some downsides.
For example, it displays unwanted ads ('RocketTab Ads'), which computer users may find difficult to remove. Furthermore, it is unclear as to which company is responsible for developing and supporting this product.
Users wishing to protect their computers and browsers from potential threats should opt for trusted antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Inadvertent applications installation can occur when users install free software downloaded from the Internet. Since BrowserSafeguard is ad-supported, it may be 'bundled' with free software for monetization purposes.
To avoid installation of unwanted browser toolbars and add-ons, which may lead to redirects and unwanted ad issues, computer users should install free software with caution - check each installation window carefully, opting out out of any browser add-ons and disallowing changes to the browser homepage and default search engine settings.
Although BrowserSafeguard is not directly linked to malware or virus infections, having this browser add-on installed on your computer is not recommended. It displays unwanted advertising, diminishes Internet browsing performance, and is developed by an unknown company. If you care about computer safety, choose applications developed by reputable security companies.
Internet users should be aware that most potentially unwanted applications are distributed via small programs called 'download clients' within freeware download websites (such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, and many others).
Download clients are employed to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
This situation can be prevented by closely observing each step during the download of free software and never accepting installation of additional applications offered.
If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal any bundled applications attempting stealth installation, and you will be able to decline them.
Users who have already installed BrowserSafeguard and observe "RocketTab Ads" advertisements when browsing the Internet, should follow this removal guide to eliminate BrowserSafeguard adware from their computers.
BrowserSafeguard displaying ads ("RocketTab Ads") in Internet search engines (Google):
Deceptive free software installer used in BrowserSafeguard adware distribution:
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- What is BrowserSafeguard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BrowserSafeguard application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BrowserSafeguard add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BrowserSafeguard plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove BrowserSafeguard extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove BrowserSafeguard extension 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 "BrowserSafeguard", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
At time of testing, BrowserSafeguard installed together with the following potentially unwanted applications: "TidyNetwork", "DesktopWeatherAlerts", "Optimizer Pro", "Driver Pro", "MyPC Backup", and "AtuZi". You are advised to uninstall these programs.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes BrowserSafeguard ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove BrowserSafeguard from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
At time of research, BrowserSafeguard did not install its browser plugins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however it was bundled with other adware. You are advised to eliminate these potentially unwanted applications from your Internet browsers.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "AtuZi" and "TidyNetwork", select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browser safeguard 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: "SNT", "ssave Noet", "Streak for Gmail", and "YoutubeAdblocker", select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browser safeguard 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "AtuZi", "SNT", "ssave Noet", and "YoutubeAdblocker".
Computer users who have problems with browser safeguard 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 browser safeguard 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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