BrowserSafer removal instructions
What is BrowserSafer?
BrowserSafer is supposedly a background application that protects systems from various Internet threats - "BrowserSafer stops malicious activity from getting onto your computer, from your browser. You can depend on BrowserSafer to let you know which links and downloads are safe." These false promises often trick users into believing that BrowserSafer is a legitimate and useful application, however, be aware that this app is an information-tracker, advertisement-generator, and a potentially unwanted adware-type program (PUP). Note that BrowserSafer usually infiltrates systems without users' permission.
Although BrowserSafer claims to block intrusive online advertisements, it does in fact generate them. This app employs a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner, and other similar ads. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any website, and therefore, no ads generated by this PUP originate from the visited sites. They conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, some redirect to rogue sites containing infectious content and there is a high probability that clicking them will cause further adware or malware infections. Furthermore, BrowserSafer continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and gathers various information that might be personally identifiable including geographic location, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser and operating system types, browsing details (website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) - these are just some examples from a long list of data types recorded by this rogue software. This collected data is shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of BrowserSafer adware on your system may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, you should uninstall this PUP immediately.
There are hundreds of other adware-type apps with virtually identical behavior to BrowserSafer. Applications such as PackEditorTools, Get-a-Clip, BrowserAir, and Advanced Calendar also claim to enable various useful features. These claims are false, since adware-type applications simply attempt to trick users to install. Their real purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing the functionality promised, adware-type applications deliver intrusive online advertisements and collect personally identifiable information.
How did BrowserSafer install on my computer?
BrowserSafer has an official download website, however, many users install this application without their consent, since developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of PUPs with regular software/apps). Many users do not expect third party software to be concealed. Therefore, developers of applications such as BrowserSafer intentionally hide these apps within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings (often skipped by users). By rushing the download and installation processes, they often install rogue applications inadvertently.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent this situation, pay close attention during the download and installation processes. Closely observe each step using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Third party applications hidden within this section should be cancelled, since bundled software is mostly rogue.
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- What is BrowserSafer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BrowserSafer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BrowserSafer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BrowserSafer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by BrowserSafer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove BrowserSafer ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
BrowserSafer adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "BrowserSafer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes BrowserSafer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove BrowserSafer adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, BrowserSafer 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 browsersafer 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 on "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 browsersafer 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with browsersafer 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 browsersafer 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove browsersafer ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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