What is Browse Secure?
Created by Intriguing Apps, Browse Secure is a rogue browser extension claiming to enhance users' Internet browsing protection by preventing malware and spyware infections.
While this functionality may appear useful and legitimate, be aware that Browse Secure is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware, since it stealthily installs on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' permission using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'.
Following successful infiltration, Browse Secure generates numerous intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, targeted video, coupon, interstitial ads, and download offers of other potentially unwanted applications also considered to be adware. Clicking these advertisements is likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, Browse Secure continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various information, which may be personally identifiable. For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, geographic locations, URLs of websites visited, pages viewed, search terms entered on search engines (Google, Bing, etc.), and other details.
Browse Secure is similar to other adware-type applications such as Web Safeguard, BrowserWatchdog, Browser Hero, amongst many others. Having any of these browser add-ons installed on your computer may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to eliminate Browse Secure from your Internet browsers.
At time of research, Browse Secure was distributed via fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, and so on) as well as freeware downloads (deceptive free software 'download clients'). System infection with Browse Secure is also possible through other adware applications such as Coupon Server and savings and coupons related adware.
Most adware is distributed via small programs called download clients on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, download.com, and softonic.com Download clients are used as a monetization tool for these websites' free services, since they offer installation of promoted '100% virus-free' browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software.
Thus, careless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware. To avoid installation of Browse Secure, or other potentially unwanted applications, be attentive when downloading free software and click 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered.
If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
Internet users who have installed Browse Secure, and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, should read the following removal guide to eliminate this adware from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Browse Secure?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Browse Secure ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Browse Secure advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Browse Secure from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Browse Secure extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browse Secure adware removal:
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 "Browse Secure" (or other potentially unwanted applications - at time of testing, Browse Secure 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 Browse Secure ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Browse Secure 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 "Browse Secure", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Browse Secure 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 ads by browse secure, 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: "Browse Secure", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Browse Secure 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 Browse Secure (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 ads by browse secure, 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 "Browse Secure". Note that Browse Secure 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 ads by browse secure 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 ads by browse secure, 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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