What is PowerfulBrowse?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, the PowerfulBrowse rogue browser extension claims to enhance the online shopping experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and adding other useful functionality.
Although PowerfulBrowse may seem a legitimate browser plug-in, Internet users should be aware that it is considered to be a potentially unwanted application or adware.
This browser extension employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' consent.
Following successful installation on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, PowerefulBrowse generates various intrusive online advertisements including transitional, interstitial, banner, pop-up, and full page ads.
In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this rogue browser add-on records various software and hardware information such as search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, and other similar information.
This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft. The developers of this potentially unwanted application (SuperWeb LLC) have released over one hundred rogue browser extensions identical to PowerfulBrowse (for example, Webget, AtuZi, and Karatoh).
SuperWeb LLC releases identical browser extensions under different names with the intention to avoid detection by legitimate anti-virus or anti-spyware programs. Neither PowerfulBrowse, nor any other of these other browser plug-ins add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Most adware such as PowerfulBrowse is distributed via small programs called 'download clients' within freeware download websites (for example, download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, amongst many others).
Download clients are used to monetize these websites' free services and offer installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware.
This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the freeware download process and clicking the 'Decline' button when installation of any additional applications is offered. When installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications and allow you to remove them from the installation list.
If you have already installed PowerfulBrowse and observe "Ads by PowerfulBrowse", "Powered by PowerfulBrowse", and "PowerfulBrowse Deals" advertisements while surfing the Internet, follow this removal to eliminate PowerfulBrowse from your Internet browsers.
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- What is PowerfulBrowse?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PowerfulBrowse application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PowerfulBrowse plug-in from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PowerfulBrowse add-on from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove PowerfulBrowse extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PowerfulBrowse 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 "PowerfulBrowse", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes PowerfulBrowse ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PowerfulBrowse ads from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "PowerfulBrowse", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the powerfulbrowse virus, 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: "PowerfulBrowse", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the powerfulbrowse virus, 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 "PowerfulBrowse".
Computer users who have problems with powerfulbrowse virus 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 powerfulbrowse virus, 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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