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BrowserSafer Adware

Also Known As: BrowserSafer ads
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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.

BrowserSafer adware

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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Quick menu:

BrowserSafer 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.

BrowserSafer adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing BrowserSafer 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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing BrowserSafer ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

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 BrowserSafer  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 on "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing BrowserSafer ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsersafer ads, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing BrowserSafer 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing BrowserSafer ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsersafer ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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:
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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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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