BrowserAir Adware

Also Known As: BrowserAir PUP
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

BrowserAir removal instructions

What is BrowserAir?

BrowserAir is a chromium-based Internet browser that claims to improve Internet browsing performance - "BrowserAir is designed to provide you with the fastest possible browsing speed. It's light and simple, making your browsing experience smooth and easy." Some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, however, BrowserAir is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). One of the reasons for these negative associations is deceptive installation - BrowserAir installs without users' permission. Furthermore, it installs a desktop toolbar, collects various system information, causes redirects, and displays advertisements.

BrowserAir adware

The displayed toolbar contains an Internet search bar that redirects to thesmartsearch.net website when users attempt to search the Internet. This toolbar resizes all windows and remains displayed when using full-screen windowed apps. The BrowserAir application causes unwanted redirects to www-searching.com. Additionally, this PUP displays various intrusive online advertisements that may redirect to other bogus websites. Therefore, searching the Internet via the desktop toolbar or the browser (and then clicking the advertisements) can lead to further high-risk computer infections. This application collects various software and hardware information including IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, and Internet service provider (ISP). This information may contain personally identifiable details. Having BrowserAir installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft, since developers share the collected data with third parties. If you are worried about your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall BrowserAir adware immediately.

BrowserAir has similar characteristics to hundreds of other adware-type applications including BrowserAir, Torch, WikiBrowser, Chromatic, and Orbitum. All claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience, however, their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers by displaying intrusive online ads, collecting personally identifiable information, causing redirects, and distributing other apps. Adware-type applications claim to provide useful features, however, they offer no real value.

How did BrowserAir install on my computer?

The developers of this PUP employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install BrowserAir without users' permission. Bundling is a way to stealthily install third party apps with regular software, and since many users do not express enough caution when downloading/installing software, this method becomes very effective. Users commonly rush the download/installation process and skip most/all steps, thereby inadvertently installing bogus apps. PUPs such as BrowserAir are often concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options. Since the developers are only concerned with the amount of revenue generated (which is dependent on the number of apps distributed), they do not properly disclose rogue installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Pay close attention and do not skip any steps when downloading and installing software. The software download procedure should be closely analyzed, and all offers to download additional applications, declined. Installation of programs should be performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any third party software listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

Deceptive free software installers used in BrowserAir adware distribution:

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Screenshot of the desktop toolbar that installs along with the BrowserAir adware:

Search Module Plus desktop toolbar

Screenshot of BrowserAir application:

Chromium based BrowserAir Internet browser

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Quick menu:

BrowserAir adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

BrowserAir adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "BrowserAir" (and other recently installed suspicious applications), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling BrowserAir, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove BrowserAir related adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing BrowserAir ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing BrowserAir ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the browserair pup, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing BrowserAir  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate: "Search Module Plus v2", and other recently installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing BrowserAir ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the browserair pup, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing BrowserAir ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing BrowserAir ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with browserair pup removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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run a few scans such as malwarebytes, adwcleaner, avast, hitmanpro

it should do the trick

ShiMo

I had a same problem at here

Joan

I'm on windows10 and I uninstalled browser air like you said, but the stupid top bar thing is still there and covers up everything at the top of the screen. I went into the chrome extensions but it wasn't there. Is there a way to get rid of that top bar?

Benjamin Gates

Thank you

Tomas Meskauskas

Hi Benjamin, you could try using third party tools to assist you in uninstalling BrowserAir adware - https://www.pcrisk.com/how-to-... Additional scan with anti-malware programs is recommended to check if your computer is free from any other adware/potentially unwanted applications.

Benjamin Gates

I tried to uninstall browser air by the control panel on windows 7 it gave me an error message saying that it can't uninstall it for some reason and asked if I would like to stop seeing it on my programs list. I stupidly clicked yes how would I fix this? Would just downloading the remover on this website work or is there a way I can fix this myself? and if I do manage to uninstall it myself is there any other steps I need to take to get rid of it all together