I wrote this article to help you remove Browser-net.net. This Browser-net.net removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Have you had to deal with a browser hijacker before? If so, you know exactly what kind of pest you have on board. If no, prepare yourself. Hijackers are incredibly sneaky and annoying infections. The slither on your PC undetected and start wreaking havoc. The one that you are stuck with is no different. It lurks behind the Browser-net.net page. It uses it as a front. It is its way of announcing itself. However, for you, the appearance of this site is a warning. As soon as you spot it taking over your browsing, accept the fact that your machine is no longer infection free. There is a browser hijacker on board and this is bad.
Hijackers are mostly famous for destroying your online activities. And they do, indeed. But the worst think about hosting such pest is, without a doubt, the security risk. This infection starts spying on your from the very moment it enters. It monitors your IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, browser-related data, etc. It can even try stealing your personally identifiable and financial details. Then, once it has collected all the valuable information it could have, the hijacker sends everything to the crooks behind it. Does this sound like a good idea to you? Hackers have such a hold over your privacy. Of course, not. So, don’t hesitate and stop the pest while you still have the time. The longer it stays, the harder it is going to be to tackle it.
Do you know how you got stuck with the Browser-net.net hijacker, though? It did not appear as if by magic, that’s for sure. It couldn’t have as these infections need your approval on their installment which means that the parasite asked you for permission at some point and you gave it. Don’t rush blaming yourself, though. As we said. Hijackers are very secretive. The infection did not ask you for green light straightforwardly. It used tricks to dupe you. Tricks like spam emails, compromised links, fake updates, unverified download sources, freeware bundles, etc. Any of these tactics would do IF you are distracted.
What all infections need the most is for you to be careless, distracted and in a rush. This way you don’t pay enough attention and blindly agree to anything. That’s your mistake. Parasites ask for permission in the sneakiest ways possible. In order to spot them on time, you have to be extra careful. Keep that in mind when online. Don’t say “yes” to anything without reading it first. Stay away from shady pages. Don’t open strange emails from people you don’t know. When installing a bundle/program/update, always opt for the Custom settings instead of the Basic ones as they give you complete control over the installation process. Remember that negligence leads to infections. What doesn’t lead to infections is caution.
Once the hijacker invades, it doesn’t waste time. Problems start pouring immediately. We already covered the issue which is impossible to notice – the “spying on you” part. The other problems, on the other hand, you more than noticeable. They have to do with your browsing which turns into a nightmare after the hijacker`s invasion. You are interrupted all the time.
For starters, the Browser-net.net page is everywhere. It becomes your constant online companion. Every time you so much as touch one of your browsers the page pops up. It even replaces your previous homepage and search engine. Needless to say, you are neither informed of nor asked for the reshuffle. The hijacker doesn’t need your permission. It just takes over.
The pest also bombards you with ads all the time. Your screen is covered with all kinds of advertisements because of the intruder. As a result, you are not able to surf the web normally anymore. Your every move is interrupted by either redirects or ads. You cannot find anything you are looking for online as well. What you can easily find, though, is more malware. Nothing the hijacker generates is safe. One wrong click and you automatically download more pests on your already infected machine.
Sometimes the ads themselves conceal threats and your click equals your consent said threats to enter your PC. Unless you are trying to compromise your computer even more, stay away from everything displayed by the hijacker. It is enough. Aside from all the issues we explained, the infection also causes your machine to underperform. It is slow and it crashes all the time. Your browsers freeze too. To sum it up, using your computer is no longer fun. So, change that. Find this pesky virus and delete it upon discovery. To do so manually, use our detailed removal guide below.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Browser-net.net from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Browser-net.net from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.