Ads by BrowserServices
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is BrowserServices?
The BrowserServices add-on claims to save time and money by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and by displaying special deals/discounts available on shopping websites. This application, however, is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
The developers of this rogue add-on employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to stealthily distribute BrowserServices together with other software. After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, this PUP displays intrusive online ads and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
BrowserServices delivers many ads that may lead to further high-risk adware or malware infections including (but not limited to) price comparison, pop-up/under, coupon, and transitional ads. Furthermore, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since this rogue application records various software and hardware information that may be personally identifiable.
This information may include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, and other details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall BrowserServices plug-in from your Internet browsers.
The BrowserServices add-on is similar to other applications that claim to enable similar features. For example, SlimPrice, Price-Hipo, and rePrice. None of these applications provide any significant value for the user.
At time of research, most adware was distributed using small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com and many others.
Download managers are used by these websites as free services and traffic monetization tools since they offer installation of additional programs together with the chosen free software.
Although the developers claim that these promoted applications are '100% legitimate and virus-free', reckless download and installation of free software often results in adware or malware infections. To prevent this situation, be attentive during download of free software and never accept installation of any additional programs offered.
In addition, when installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any concealed applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you have installed BrowserServices, and you observe intrusive online ads while surfing the Internet, read the following removal guide and uninstall this PUP from your system.
BrowserServices adware generating intrusive ('We recommend') online advertisements:
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- What is BrowserServices?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BrowserServices application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BrowserServices adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BrowserServices ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by BrowserServices' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove BrowserServices extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
BrowserServices 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 "BrowserServicesv3.2", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes BrowserServices ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove BrowserServices 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 "BrowserServices", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browserservices 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 "Extensions". Locate: "BrowserServices" and other recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browserservices 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "BrowserServices" and any other recently-installed suspicious plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with browserservices 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 browserservices 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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