Browsing Safeguard Ads

Also Known As: Browsing Safeguard virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Browsing Safeguard removal instructions

What is Browsing Safeguard?

Created by Intriguing Apps, Browsing Safeguard is a potentially unwanted application claiming to improve users' Internet browsing protection by blocking malware and spyware infections. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, be informed that Browsing Safeguard is categorized as adware. The developers of this rogue browser add-on employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications together with the chosen software) to install Browsing Safeguard on Internet browsers without users' permission. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Browsing Safeguard generates offers to download other adware-type applications and displays numerous intrusive online advertisements including banner, coupons, interstitial, pop-ups, and targeted video ads. There is a high probability that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections.

Browsing Safeguard adware

Furthermore, Browsing Safeguard monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various information such as IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, search queries entered into search engines (Bing, Google, etc.), website URLs visited, pages viewed, geographic locations, and other details, which may be personally identifiable. The presence of Browsing SafeGuard, or other similar adware (for example, BrowserWatchdog, Web Safeguard, Browser Hero, etc.) on your system, may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate Browsing Safeguard from your Internet browsers. At time of research, Browsing Safeguard was distributed via freeware downloads (deceptive free software 'download managers') and fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.) It is also possible to install Browsing Safeguard through other adware such as Coupon Server, Browser Guardian, and other savings and coupons related adware.

Commonly, users inadvertently install adware such as Browsing Safeguard when downloading free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites including download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com Most of these websites use download managers to monetize their free services by offering installation of advertised (as Intriguing Apps reports, '100% virus-free') browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often leads to adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step during download of free software and never accepting installation of any additional applications offered. Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, choose 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. If you have already installed Browsing Safeguard, read the following removal guide to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.

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Quick menu:

Browsing Safeguard 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.

Browsing Safeguard adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Browsing Safeguard adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Browsing Safeguard 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 "Browsing Safeguard", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Browsing Safeguard ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.

Removing Browsing Safeguard ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsing safeguard 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.

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 Browsing Safeguard 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: "Browsing Safeguard", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Browsing Safeguard ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.

Removing Browsing Safeguard ads from Google Chrome step 2

If you are unable to remove Browsing Safeguard (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 browsing safeguard virus, 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 Browsing Safeguard 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 "Browsing Safeguard". Note that Browsing Safeguard ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.

Removing Browsing Safeguard ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with browsing safeguard virus 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 browsing safeguard virus, 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 browsing safeguard virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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pansthought

annoying. thanks for help, got rid of it.

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