Browser Air “Virus” Removal

I wrote this article to help you remove Browser Air. This Browser Air removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Browser Air is an alternative web browser. The program is lightweight and easy to operate. It provides optimized speed and complete privacy. The software’s credentials sound promising. When starting to use Browser Air, you will discover that there is a sharp contrast between the utility’s presentation and its actual functionality. For one thing, the results Browser Air returns are not all legitimate. The rogue tool includes supported websites amid the genuine search results. Browser Air will disrupt your work by displaying pop-up ads on your screen. This activity makes the browser slower rather than faster. In summary, the tasks Browser Air performs are characteristic of an adware program.

How is the activity of Browser Air a threat for your security?

The clandestine program has been developed to raise proceeds through advertising. While this activity is legal, it requires taking security measures which Browser Air does not bother with. The shady tool does not run a scan of the websites it supports. The sponsored search results and the pop-up ads could lead to corrupted websites, spreading malware.

Browser Air uses marketing tricks to make the sponsored content appealing. Like most adware tools, the furtive program has chosen shopping offers as its selling point. Browser Air suggests bargain deals for a wide variety of items, including technological devices, apparel, furniture, accessories, decorative elements, gardening equipment, sports gear, games and many others.

Remove Browser Air
The Browser Air Virus

The adware tries to garner users’ interest with low prices, discounts, sales, coupons, freebies, package deals and other exclusive offers. To make the ads noticeable, Browser Air decorates them with bright color schemes, cursive fonts, flash animations and other special effects. The lack of disclosure on the sources for the suggested listings is a major red flag. You should not click on an advertisement, if it is uncertain where it will lead you to.

What propagation vectors does Browser Air make use of?

Browser Air is marketed on its official website, browserair.com. However, there is no download link. The covert program uses a few tricks to get access to people’s machines. The most common way for Browser Air to sneak its way in is through other programs. This method is called bundling. Unreliable software distributors merge the adware with pirated programs, freeware and shareware. The secluded tool tries to get installed with the main program from the bundle. This process can go unnoticed. The adware will only be listed in the terms and conditions of the download client. It will not run a separate wizard or open a dialog box. You have to find where the option for it is included and deselect it.

Browser Air can be hidden behind an attachment, like a text document, an image or a system file. The covert tool is sometimes contained in a compressed archive or a zipped folder. Opening the carrier for the adware is enough to have it penetrate your system. You need to handle your in-box messages with caution. Make sure they come from a reliable sender. Check his contacts and the email account he has used. Spammers often write on behalf of existing companies and organizations.

Drive-by installations are another distribution technique the adware is attributed to using. Accessing a corrupted website or a compromised link is enough to have Browser Air transferred to your computer. You need to be careful about the sources you trust on the web. If you have doubts about the reliability of a given domain, it is best to do your research.

Browser Air 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 Browser Air from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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