Ads by BrowserWatchdog

Also Known As: BrowserWatchdog Adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

BrowserWatchdog removal instructions

What is BrowserWatchdog?

Developed by Intriguing Apps, BrowserWatchdog is a rogue browser add-on claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing protection by preventing malware and spyware infections. The developers of this rogue browser add-on make assurances that BrowserWatchdog is 100% virus-free; indeed, the add-on may indeed seem to provide useful and legitimate functionality, however, be aware that BrowserWatchdog is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. This rogue browser add-on employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to stealthily install on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent. Following successful infiltration, BrowserWatchdog generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.

BrowserWatchdog adware

These intrusive advertisements include banner, pop-up ads, interstitial ads, coupons, targeted video ads, and even download offers of other potentially unwanted applications also considered to be adware. It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, BrowserWatchdog continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information, which may be personally identifiable. For example: search queries entered, website URLs visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, geographic locations, and other details. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to eliminate BrowserWatchdog from your Internet browsers. At time of research, BrowserWatchdog was distributed via fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.) as well as freeware downloads (deceptive free software 'download clients'). This potentially unwanted application is also distributed via other adware such as Coupon Server, DiscountCow, and Savings Hen.

BrowserWatchdog is similar to other rogue ads-generating browser extensions including Surf Safer, ProtectedBrowsing, Web Security App, amongst many others. Neither BrowserWatchdog, nor any 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 BrowserWatchdog is installed on browsers during download of free software via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites (including download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc.) Download clients are used by these websites as as a fee service monetization tool, since they offer installation of promoted 'virus-free' browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. Installation of BrowserWatchdog, or other similar adware, can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the free software download process and declining any offers to install additional programs. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. Internet users who have already installed BrowserWatchdog adware, and observe intrusive online advertisements, should read the following removal guide to uninstall the extension from their Internet browsers.

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Quick menu:

BrowserWatchdog ads removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

BrowserWatchdog adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "BrowserWatchdog" (or other potentially unwanted applications - at time of testing, BrowserWatchdog ads were generated by various coupon ads-displaying adware), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes BrowserWatchdog ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove BrowserWatchdog ads from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing BrowserWatchdog ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "BrowserWatchdog", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that BrowserWatchdog ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.

Removing BrowserWatchdog ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the browserwatchdog adware, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing BrowserWatchdog ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "BrowserWatchdog", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that BrowserWatchdog ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.

Removing BrowserWatchdog ads from Google Chrome step 2

If you are unable to remove BrowserWatchdog (or any other add-on) and it is greyed-out ("Installed by enterprise policy"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a Google Chrome extension that is "Installed by enterprise policy"?

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the browserwatchdog adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing BrowserWatchdog ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "BrowserWatchdog". Note that BrowserWatchdog ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.

Removing BrowserWatchdog ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with browserwatchdog adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the browserwatchdog adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove browserwatchdog adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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