Browser Guard removal instructions
What is Browser Guard?
Developed by a company named Intriguing Apps, Browser Guard is a rogue browser extension claiming to protect user-browsing by preventing malware and spyware infections. Although this may seem a legitimate and useful browser plug-in, be aware that Browser Guard is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware since it 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' permission. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Browser Guard generates numerous intrusive online advertisements such as banner, coupon, interstitial, pop-up, targeted video ads, and offers to download other rogue browser extensions considered to be adware. There is a high probability that clicking advertisements generated by this potentially unwanted program (PUP) will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, Browser Guard continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various information such as search queries entered, URLs visited, web pages viewed, IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, geographic locations, and other similar details that may be personally identifiable. Browser Guard is similar to other rogue browser add-ons claiming to improve users' Internet browsing experience by enabling certain functions. Browsing Protection, Surf Safely, Protect Surf, and Browsing Safeguard are just a few examples among many others. Neither Browser Guard, nor any other of these other browser plug-ins add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to remove Browser Guard adware from your Internet browsers.
At time of research, Browser Guard was distributed via fake downloads (Browser updates, Java updates, etc.) and other potentially unwanted programs such as Solid Savings, Safe Browse, Browser Guardian, and other savings and coupons related adware. It is also distributed via small programs called download managers on freeware download websites including download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com, among many others. Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted 'legitimate' browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid installation of Browser Guard, or other similar adware, be attentive when downloading free software and click 'Decline' when installation of any additional applications is offered. In addition, if you are installing downloaded software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed Browser Guard, and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, read the following removal guide to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in Browser Guard adware distribution:
Browser Guard adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ad by Browser Guard'):
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- What is Browser Guard?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Browser Guard ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Browser Guard advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Browser Guard from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Browser Guard extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browser Guard adware 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 "Browser Guard" (or other potentially unwanted applications - at time of testing, Browser Guard 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 Browser Guard ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Browser Guard 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 "Browser Guard", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Browser Guard 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 browser guard ads, 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: "Browser Guard", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Browser Guard 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 Browser Guard (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 browser guard ads, 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 "Browser Guard". Note that Browser Guard 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 browser guard ads 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 browser guard ads, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove browser guard ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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