Browser Secure removal instructions
What is Browser Secure?
Created by Intriguing Apps, Browser Secure is a rogue browser plug-in claiming to protect user-browsing by blocking spyware and malware infections. Although this may seem useful and legitimate functionality, be aware that Browser Secure is considered to be adware or a potentially unwanted application since it uses a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs 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 Secure generates various intrusive online advertisements such as coupon, banner, pop-up, interstitial, targeted video ads, and download offers of other rogue browser plug-ins also considered to be adware. It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, Browser Secure continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording information such as search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, geographic locations, and other details that may be personally identifiable. Be aware that there are many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) similar to Browser Secure. For example: Surf Safely, Protect Surf, and BrowserWatchdog. None of these browser add-ons provide any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements. The behavior of these PUPs may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and for this reason, you are strongly advised to uninstall Browser Secure adware from your Internet browsers.
At time of research, Browser Secure was distributed via fake downloads (Java updates, browser updates, etc.) and other adware-type extensions including Solid Savings, Browser Guardian, and other similar savings and coupons related adware. It is also distributed via small programs called 'download clients' employed by freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, download.com, and many others. Download clients are used as a monetization tool for these websites' free services, since they offer installation of advertised, 'legitimate' browser extensions together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. This situation can be prevented by closely inspecting each step of the freeware download process and clicking 'Decline' when installation of any additional programs is offered. If you are installing downloaded software, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed Browser Secure, follow this removal guide to eliminate adware from your Internet browsers.
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- What is Browser Secure?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Browser Secure ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Browser Secure advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Browser Secure from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Browser Secure extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browser Secure 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 Secure" (or other potentially unwanted applications - at time of testing, Browser 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 Browser Secure ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Browser Secure ads 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 Secure", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Browser 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 browser secure 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.
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 Secure", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Browser 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 Browser 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 browser secure adware, 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 Secure". Note that Browser 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 browser secure adware 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 secure adware, 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 secure adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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