What is BrowserSafer?
BrowserSafer is supposedly a background application protecting the system from various threats on the Internet – “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 thinking that BrowserSafer is actually an appropriate and handy application. However, be aware that BrowserSafer is actually a information-tracking and advertisement-generating potentially unwanted adware-type program (PUP). Noteworthy that BrowserSafer usually infiltrates the system without users’ permission.
Although BrowserSafer claims to block intrusive online advertisements, it actually generates them itself. This app is designed to use virtual layer as a tool to generate pop-up, banner and other similar ads. Now due to the fact that virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content, none of those ads originate from users’ visited websites, which means that they conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing users’ Internet browsing quality. Not to mention, some of those advertisements redirect users to rogue sites containing infectious content, thus, there’s a high chance that clicking on any of those ads will cause further adware or malware infections. It is also worth mentioning that BrowserSafer continually monitors users’ Internet browsing activity and gathers diverse types of information that might be personally identifiable. Geographic location, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser and operating system types, browsing details (website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) – these are only few examples from a list of data types gathered by this rogue software. Keep in mind that every bit of this collected data is shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate earnings. Hence, presence of BrowserSafer adware may eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons you should uninstall this PUP as soon as possible.
There are hundreds of other adware-type apps that act almost identically to BrowserSafer. Applications like PackEditorTools, Get-a-Clip, BrowserAir and Advanced Calendar always pledge to enable various useful features. Nonetheless, all these claims are false, since adware-type applications simply try to trick users into installation. Their true purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, rather than providing the promised functionality, 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. Still, vast majority of users install this application without their consent, since the developers also use a deceptive software marketing method called ‘bundling’ (an undercover installation of potentially unwanted programs along with the regular ones). Many users do not expect that third party software will be concealed. Therefore, developers of applications like BrowserSafer intentionally hide these apps within ‘Custom’ or either ‘Advanced’ settings that are most likely to be skipped. By carelessly rushing the download and installation processes users often unwillingly install rogue applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent this situation users must pay close attention during both download and installation processes. It is very important to closely analyze these two processes and observe every step using ‘Custom’ or either ‘Advanced’ settings. Every third party application, that hides within this section, must be opted-out, because bundled software is most likely to be rogue.
Quick solution to remove BrowserSafer ads
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 (which 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 , 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 , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins 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 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 the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset 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.
BrowserSafer ads is an adware program that tracks user’s Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user’s Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don’t properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download. Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the decline button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications.
Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn’t allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it’s developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed 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 removal forum.
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