Broadmaster Virus

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Broadmaster is a site-rerouting app of the intrusive software category known as browser hijackers. Broadmaster aims to show you ads and get you to click on them as well as to redirect your searches in order to earn advertising revenue for its creators.

A recently reported browser hijacker called Broadmaster has been disturbing the web browsing of some users as of late and has been redirecting them to unfamiliar promotional sites. This application is not some sort of nasty Ransomware virus or a Spyware infection and has been developed to serve the needs of a group of online advertisers, who are trying to gain revenue from sponsored redirects and pay-per-click ads on the back of the unsuspecting web users. They have set their software to constantly generate different ads, pop-ups, banners and aggressive commercials on the browser’s screens and to manipulate users’ searches in such a way, so that they would click on certain sponsored ads.

Broadmaster can easily alter the settings of browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and others and install some new homepage domains, a toolbar or a search engine there, which you may not be able to uninstall if the pesky hijacker is still present in the system. As a result, the quality of your web surfing experience may go down. The affected browser may start to bombard your monitor with lots of annoying ads and sponsored search results which are hard to get removed. If you happen to click on these messages, you may often find yourself getting redirected to different promotional platforms, new tabs and sites with questionable reputation. The content that you may come across may also be of poor quality and may lead you astray from the actual information that you might be searching for. Broadmaster may try to make you click on certain links and may ask you to download and install different free tools, questionable applications and obscure add-ons. It may also display sketchy offers, which may be too-good-to-be-true, and may often promote products and services which may be unknown to the market or simply unreliable. The idea behind this activity is to boost the traffic and the clicks to the sites of some third-parties that usually pay for such kind of aggressive online advertising.


Type Browser Hijacker
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Broadmaster!

How to remove Broadmaster

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Broadmaster in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Broadmaster from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Broadmaster.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Broadmaster.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Broadmaster from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Broadmaster extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Broadmaster and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Broadmaster on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Broadmaster extension
  4. Get rid of Broadmaster by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Broadmaster” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Broadmaster

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Broadmaster process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Broadmaster
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Broadmaster” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Broadmaster

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Broadmaster in there
    4. Uninstall Broadmaster from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Broadmaster-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Broadmaster in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    Why it is best to immediately uninstall Broadmaster?

    From a legal point of view, there is usually nothing illegal or harmful in the way Broadmaster and
    operates. However, the browser hijacker may often employ some rather invasive online marketing methods such as the automatic page-redirects and the imposed browser changes mentioned above. It may also track your online activities to gather information about your preferences as well as cause issues such as sluggishness, crashes, and unresponsiveness to the affected browser. For these reasons, we usually advise our readers to uninstall the advertising software with the help of a professional removal tool or a manual removal guide like the one below.
    Broadmaster is a browser hijacker type of a security nuisance. Broadmaster is categorized by the website redirects and pop-up ads it causes but it could potentially lead to even more serious problems.
    Different free third-party applications, spam emails, suspicious websites, shareware platforms and other obscure software transmitters may oftentimes deliver a browser hijacker into your system if you happen to download and install their content. That’s why, to keep such annoying software away, it is advisable to avoid interaction with its most common sources. Also, another piece of advice about protection is to always pay attention to the installation settings when setting up a new program on your PC. Since the browser hijackers cannot actually infect a given PC in the same way Ransomware viruses or Trojan horse infections could, they can often be found under the Advanced or the Custom installation menu of other applications. You can easily remove them if you select that menu and then you won’t have to deal with their ads and browser changes later.

    About the author

    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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