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.
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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- What is Browsing Safeguard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Browsing Safeguard ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Browsing Safeguard advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Browsing Safeguard from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Browsing Safeguard extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browsing Safeguard ads removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "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:
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 "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.
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.
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: "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.
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"?
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsing safeguard 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 "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.
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, 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 browsing safeguard 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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