This page is here to help you remove BoBrowser. This BoBrowser removal guide is suitable for all Windows versions.
BoBrowser is one of many PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) on the ‘net that are essentially fake advertising resources and known as adware or a browser-hijacker. If you are unlucky enough to accidentally download it, then you should get rid of BoBrowser quickly. It is not the most harmful PUP out there, though even if you can tolerate the disruption to your browsing that it causes, there may be greater security threats if you give it a kennel in your operating system. It is basically a preloaded browser add-on that you have managed to acquire – and it ‘hijacks’ your browser and replaces it with a version loaded with adverts and commercial links. Your browsing will be filled with relentless and unwelcome adverts that may be of a dubious nature, or even fake or scams.
Adware like this is developed by download clients to monetize hits. In this instance the developer is ClaraLabSoftware, registered in Paris and who are also the creators of other questionable freeware such as CrossBrowser. These third parties develop tools like this browser extension to provide a platform for legitimate companies to advertise on, and then get paid for the exposure. They also facilitate the download of freeware samples that the potential customer may click on, and get paid by the company for this, too. The BoBrowser website offers the extension as freeware and claims that it will speed up your browsing speeds and enhance the experience – neither of which have been reported by those users who have experienced it – quite the opposite in fact. The chances are that infection by this browser-thief will come by installing a freeware bundle that contained it. Delete BoBrowser as soon as you see it (and if you are unlucky enough to find it in your system, the chances are there are other pups waiting to be found). This sounds fairly innocuous until the inconvenience of adware is experienced – and there are potential security risks…
The risks of Bobrowser
Apart from disrupted browsing, there is the consideration that this add-on could provide an entry point for a more directly damaging virus. In several labs’ analysis of this browser-hijacker, there have been instances of infections where trojans have been associated with it. This could be a result of added software, or of a vulnerability exploitation relating to a link included in advertising loaded to the browser. It is not worth taking the chance – if you loose control of your browsing, then it’s time to regain it before your operating system is compromised – by eradicating BoBrowser. Another aspect of these add-ons is that they’re designed to log your browsing history – supposedly for anonymous consumer modeling and marketing purposes. This potentially compromises a user’s privacy. It is not a great step for even more intrusion such as key-logging that could reveal any passwords and pin numbers entered on a web page.
Bobrowser Removal Steps
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. Find Bobrowser.exe process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find Bobrowser and uninstall it.
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 Bobrowser from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.
How to Prevent BoBrowser Installation
Remember – all infections are preventable:
- Always use either Custom/Advanced installation option;
- Don’t open attachments in unfamiliar e-mails, however convincing or friendly they may appear;
- Avoid clicking on pop-up links not recognized or requested;
- Always ensure you have the latest version for browsers. Enable warnings for ‘site content if available;
- Install tried and trusted software to regularly monitor your system files and prevent future infection.
Preventing adware consumes concentration as it is so widespread and invasive. Careful browsing and freeware installation help, though to be on constant guard against the problems of pups is relentless. It’s better to get a guard dog that will alert you to approaching pups – before they arrive and make a mess!