What is Internet Browser?
Identical to BoBrowser and BrowserAir, Internet Browser pretends to be an extremely fast and safe lightweight web browser. Although on initial inspection this application might actually appear legitimate and handy, Internet Browser is actually categorized as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Following successful installation without users’ permission, Internet Browser starts tracking users’ Internet browsing activity and delivering intrusive online advertisements.
Internet Browser collects and stores diverse types of information, such as Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Internet search provider, websites visited, search queries entered into search engines, pages viewed, content on these pages and so on so forth. Be aware that some of this collected info might contain personally identifiable details (e.g., bank or PayPal account logins/passwords). For this reason users must be informed that gathered data is shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate income. This kind of behavior can easily lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. It is also worth mentioning that Internet Browser delivers various types of intrusive online advertisements, including (but not limiting to), banner, pop-up, in-text, and interstitial ads. Now most of those ads redirect to various e-commerce websites, such as online stores. However, some may redirect to the infections ones, which means that clicking on any of advertisements generated by this adware can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections. Note that all of those advertisements are displayed using virtual layer (a tool allowing to place third party graphical content on any visited website), thus, none of them redirect from your visited sites. By displaying advertisements this potentially unwanted program significantly decreases Internet browsing quality, since these ads conceal visited websites’ content. For these reasons, you’re strongly advised to uninstall Internet Browser immediately.
Internet Browser is a regular adware, thus, it has very similar characteristics to SwytShop, Sonic Train, Awesome-Promos, and hundreds of other adware-type applications. Every single adware pledges to enhance users’ Internet browsing quality by enabling a bunch of useful features. However, these false claims are merely attempts to trick users to install. Keep in mind that adware-type applications are designed to generate revenue for the developers, therefore, they do not enable any of the promised functions. All these applications do is generate obtrusive online advertisements and collect personally identifiable information.
How did Internet Browser install on my computer?
This adware is mostly distributed by using a deceptive software marketing method called ‘bundling’ – a silent installation of potentially unwanted programs along with the users’ chosen ones. The reason why developers hide bundled applications within ‘Custom/Advanced’ settings is users’ lack of attention when downloading and installing software. Users do not realize that rogue apps are concealed, hence, they recklessly rush these two processes and skip the aforementioned section, thereby unknowingly installing potentially unwanted programs, such as, Internet Browser.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Users must know that only by paying close attention during the download and installation processes they will be able to protect the system from adware-type infections. Always closely analyze these two processes by using either ‘Custom’ or ‘Advanced’ settings. Moreover, every single offer to download or install additional programs should be declined. Bundled applications are likely to be rogue, therefore, you should never install them.
Quick solution to remove Internet Browser
Internet Browser 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 “Internet Browser“, select this entry and click “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Internet Browser ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Internet Browser adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Internet Browser 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 internet browser , 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 internet browser , 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 internet browser 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.
Internet Browser 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 internet browser from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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