Remove BrowseFox “Virus” from Chrome/Firefox

I wrote this article to help you remove BrowseFox. This BrowseFox removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

BrowseFox is presented as a search enhancement tool for web browsers. The program is available as an add-on and extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, accordingly. It is compatible with versions XP, Vista, 7 and 8 of the Windows OS. There is no description about the features of BrowseFox. You have to acquire the program to find out what it does. If you do, you would regret this decision. BrowseFox will not improve your browser’s performance. Rather, it will diminish it. The tool is rogue. It carries out unauthorized tasks which make browsing inconvenient and unsafe. BrowseFox will refuse to leave your PC and your browser when you attempt to uninstall it. Due to its intrusive character and poor security status, the shady program has been categorized as adware.

How is BrowseFox dangerous for my security?

The inconvenience is the first thing most people notice. BrowseFox disrupts users’ online sessions and slows down their machine. The furtive program displays pop-up ads on a constant basis. They show product listings for various consumer goods. BrowseFox displays enticing ads to lure people in. The adware focuses on bargain offers for high quality items. The ads appear in different shapes and sizes, including pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, banners, coupon boxes, transitional, inline, floating, contextual, interstitial, comparison and full-page ads. The windows will be flagged with the program’s name. Look for a label on the top or bottom frame, containing a phrase like “Ads by BrowseFox”, “Powered by BrowseFox” or “Brought to you by BrowseFox”. A lot of adware tools reveal their identity this way. You can use this tip to get to the source of a suspicious ad flow.

Remove BrowseFox
The BrowseFox Virus

In time, you will notice that the ads have started following a trend. More and more of them will be connected to your recent searches and online purchases. This pattern is not accidental. BrowseFox has tracking capabilities. The secluded program monitors users’ behavior to get to know what they like. This knowledge is put to use when selecting deals. However, there is another purpose behind the tracking activity. The owners of the adware make extra proceeds by selling the input the shady tool gathers on people. BrowseFox can access personal and financial details on you which should remain private. The types of data the adware can record includes browsing history, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, demographic details, email, telephone number and login credentials.

How did BrowseFox get installed to my computer?

BrowseFox is offered for download from its official website, browsefox.com. There is a button on the homepage. If you click on it, you will be directed to the download page. The instructions listed there explain that the process should start within seconds. In case it does not, there is an additional link. You will discover that both the original and the reserve link do not work. The purpose of the website is to make people believe the program is legitimate.

BrowseFox is actually spread through software bundles and spam emails. The former technique is more common. The adware often merges its setup file with the executable of freeware, shareware and pirated versions of licensed utilities. BrowseFox is scheduled to be installed together with the main program from the bundle. You have to find where the option for it is located and uncheck it. Make sure you select the custom or advanced installation mode.

Spam emails work in a similar manner. When this method is used, the host is an attachment to the letter. The sender’s job is to convince the recipient the attached file is a document. To achieve this, the spammer will compose a suitable message. He could introduce himself as a representative of a reliable company or entity and copy its contacts to make the message appear legitimate. When you receive a letter with a file attached, check the email address. It should match the coordinates of the represented entity. This is the best way to proof the reliability of the messages from your in-box.

BrowseFox Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, 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.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
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.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
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).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove BrowseFox from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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