Browsing Secure Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Browsing Secure?
Browsing Secure is a deceptive application claiming to protect systems when users enter malicious sites - "Browsing Secure This browser application is designed to secure your browser, while surfing the internet". Initially, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, the Browsing Secure app is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
One of the main reasons for these negative associations, is stealth installation without users' permission. Following successful infiltration, Browsing Secure generates intrusive advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.
This PUP displays intrusive online advertisements using a virtual layer, which enables placement of any third party graphical content on visited websites. Advertisements generated by Browsing Secure include price comparison, coupon, and software promoting ads.
None originate from the visited websites and conceal underlying content, thereby diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, Browsing Secure claims to protect the system, and yet, the generated ads can redirect to malicious sites. Thus, clicking ads generated by this adware can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
Browser Secure gathers various information relating to users' Internet browsing activity including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location, time zone, browser type and browsing information (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.), language settings, operating system, and other gathered data that might contain personally identifiable details.
This information is shared with third party companies who can misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of Browsing Secure adware on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
Adware-type applications commonly have similar characteristics. DesktopClock, Tiny Media Player, and Super Media Converter are just some examples from a long list of adware with behavior similar to Browsing Secure. These apps claim to enable useful features, however, these are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimacy.
The sole purpose of adware-type applications is to generate revenue for the developers - they merely generate intrusive online advertisements (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collect personally identifiable data (which is later sold to third party companies). Users receive no real value.
How did Browsing Secure install on my computer?
Although this app is free for anyone to download on its official website, many users install it along with other software. This deceptive software marketing method is called 'bundling'. The developers conceal rogue applications such as Browsing Secure within the 'Custom/Advanced' download or installation settings (this section is often skipped).
Many users are unaware that rogue applications are hidden, and thus, by rushing download and installation, and skipping most steps, they inadvertently install PUPs, which pose threats to their privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Study all steps of the download and installation procedures using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Bundled applications are usually rogue, and therefore, you should decline any third part software offered. The key to computer safety is caution. Pay close attention and you will be able to perform a safe download and installation procedure.
Setup window of this adware:
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- What is Browsing Secure?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Browsing Secure application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Browsing Secure adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Browsing Secure ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Browsing Secure' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Browsing Secure ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browsing Secure 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 "Browsing Secure", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Browsing Secure ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Browsing Secure adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Browsing Secure 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 browsingsecure ads, 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 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 browsingsecure ads, 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 plug-ins 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with browsingsecure ads 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 browsingsecure ads, 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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