Ads by BoBrowser
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is BoBrowser?
Created by ClaraLabs, BoBrowser is a dubious application claiming to be a regular Internet browser. On initial inspection, BoBrowser may seem to be a legitimate and useful application, however, be aware that BoBrowser is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware.
These associations are made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) employed by BoBrowser to install on Internet browsers without users' consent. Following successful infiltration, BoBrowser tracks users' Internet browsing activity and delivers intrusive online advertisements.
Advertisements generated by BoBrowser include (but are not limited to) banner, in-text, interstitial, and pop-up ads. There is a high probability that clicking advertisements delivered by this rogue application will cause further computer infections.
Furthermore, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since BoBrowser collects various software and hardware information that may be personally identifiable.
For example: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine users' geo-locations), time and date, operating system, browser type and data (website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.), and other similar details. This information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft, and for these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall BoBrowser from your system.
BoBrowser is similar to other rogue applications that employ bundling as an installation method. Examples include Fun for me, SoftwareRefresher, and ZoomIt among many others. Neither BoBrowser, nor any of these other applications, are useful to the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and by sharing collected data with third parties.
Research shows that most adware (including BoBrowser) is generated via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and many others. Download clients are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid installation of BoBrowser, or other similar adware, follow each step of the free software download procedure and never accept installation of any additional programs offered.
Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Regular' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any concealed applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you have installed BoBrowser, your Google Chrome shortcut has been deleted from the desktop, and you experience intrusive online ads while surfing the Internet, follow this removal guide to uninstall BoBrowser adware from your system.
Screenshot of BoBrowser application:
Deceptive free software installers used in BoBrowser adware distribution:
BoBrowser adware generating rocketTab ads (marked as 'RocketTab powered by BoBrowser'):
Intrusive online advertisements generated by BoBrowser adware ('Ads by BoBrowser'):
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- What is BoBrowser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BoBrowser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BoBrowser adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BoBrowser ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by BoBrowser' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove BoBrowser ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
BoBrowser 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 "BoBrowser", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes BoBrowser ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove BoBrowser adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, BoBrowser did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bobrowser 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: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the bobrowser 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with bobrowser 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 bobrowser 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.
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