Ads by OpenXBrowser
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is OpenXBrowser?
OpenXBrowser is a dubious browser extension presenting itself as a great tool to save time and money when shopping online. Some users may find this application legitimate and useful, however, OpenXBrowser is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
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 OpenXBrowser to install without users' consent.
After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, OpenXBrowser generates numerous intrusive online advertisements including in-text, banner, pop-up, price comparison, coupons, etc. Clicking these advertisements is likely to redirect users to bogus websites, thereby exposing their computers to infection.
Be aware that OpenXBrowser continually monitors and records various software and hardware information related to Internet browsing activity. IP addresses, search queries entered into search engines, websites visited, and pages viewed are just some examples of many information types tracked by this PUP.
This collected data might be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of OpenXBrowser add-on on your system can lead to serious privacy issues. OpenXBrowser is a regular adware and similar to other extensions including Br0wsrAp, Price Expert, Pricezilla, and Price Rocket.
All claim to provide identical features, however, they provide no value to the user. OpenXBrowser, and these other similar applications, are developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements and by collecting personally identifiable information, which is later shared with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall OpenXBrowser from your system.
Most of today's adware is distributed via small programs called 'download managers' (also called 'installers', 'download clients', etc.) on freeware download websites such as softonic.com, soft32com, download.com, etc.
Download managers are used to monetize these websites' services and traffic by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen software - or simply by hiding them under the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options. According to the developers, these third-party applications are legitimate, however, most are categorized as adware or malware.
To prevent such infections, closely analyse each step during the download of free software and decline all offers to install additional programs.
Furthermore, all applications downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any concealed software listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed OpenXBrowser, the following instructions will guide you through the removal of this adware from your system.
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- What is OpenXBrowser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall OpenXBrowser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove OpenXBrowser adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove OpenXBrowser ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by OpenXBrowser' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove OpenXBrowser ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
OpenXBrowser 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 "OpenXBrowserVersion3.7", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes OpenXBrowser ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove OpenXBrowser 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 "OpenXBrowser", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the openxbrowser 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 "OpenXBrowser", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the openxbrowser 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 "OpenXBrowserVersion3.7".
Computer users who have problems with openxbrowser 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 openxbrowser 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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