What is Browse Plus?
Browse Plus is a deceptive application - an online shopping assistant that supposedly helps to save time and money by displaying coupons, special deals/discounts within various online stores, enabling comparison shopping, and other similar features - "When you view a product online, Browse Plus lets you know where you can find it for a lower price".
Many users believe that Browse Plus is a legitimate browser plug-in, however, it is classed as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). After stealthily infiltrating the system, Browse Plus generates intrusive online advertisements and monitors users' Internet browsing activity.
This adware delivers coupon, comparison shopping, pop-up, and other similar advertisements. All are displayed using a virtual layer, which enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited websites. None originate from the visited sites and conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience.
Most redirect to websites offering various services, online stores, and other similar e-commerce sites, however, some may redirect to infectious websites. Thus, clicking them might cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, Browse Plus collects various information and shares it with third party companies.
This adware also continually tracks Internet browsing activity, gathering data such as IP addresses, websites visited, search queries entered into search engines, pages viewed, and so on.
Be aware that some of the collected data may be personally identifiable, and therefore, this behavior can lead to serious privacy issues. If you are concerned with your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall Browse Plus adware immediately.
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personally identifiable information to third parties. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our Website or Service, conducting our business, or providing you with Services, as long as those parties are committed to keeping this information confidential by all means.
There are tens of other PUPs offering identical features. For instance, FindsPro, CandyBox, and RecommendationBox also claim to save time and money, however, these fake promises are delivered simply to trick users to install.
Rather than providing the functionality promised, adware-type applications generate revenue for the developers by displaying intrusive online advertisements (using the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collecting personally identifiable information (which is later sold to third parties).
How did Browse Plus install on my computer?
Although Browse Plus is free for anyone to download on its official website, many users unwillingly install this app during download/installation of other apps. This deceptive software marketing method is called 'bundling'. Developers hide applications such as Browse Plus within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' download/installation settings (users often skip this section).
Thus, by rushing these two processes, users commonly install PUPs inadvertently, thereby exposing their systems to risk of further infections and compromising their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of adware-type applications can be prevented by paying close attention during the download/installation processes and declining all offers to install additional programs. Download your desired software from an official source - usually the official website.
Furthermore, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options when downloading/installing software - this will reveal any hidden rogue applications and allow you to opt-out.
Browse Plus adware generating intrusive online ads (marked as 'Powered by Browse Plus'):
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- What is Browse Plus?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Browse Plus application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Browse Plus adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Browse Plus ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Browse Plus' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Browse Plus extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browse Plus 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 "Browse Plus", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Browse Plus ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Browse Plus 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 "Browse Plus", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browse plus 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 "Browse Plus", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browse plus 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 "Browse Plus".
Computer users who have problems with browse plus 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 browse plus 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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