Brousless Virus

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Brousless infects most popular browsing programs including but not limited to Firefox, Edge and Chrome. Brousless targets Windows users and is compatible with pretty much all Windows versions.


Security experts categorize programs like Brousless as a browser hijackers, and this is due to the fact that they literally ‘hijack’ your browser by altering some of its key settings. For example, and most importantly, a browser hijacker will install an ad-generating component in your browser to enable it to display myriads of popups, banners and other advertising materials on your screen.

Then, the hijacker may change your browser homepage and replace the default search engine. Furthermore, a program of this type can also add new toolbars to the infected browser, or buttons and you may also notice a new plug-in at some point. Another very typical consequence of having a hijacker like Brousless present in your OS is the page redirects that tend to take place rather frequently during browsing sessions. This is perhaps one of the most annoying symptoms as it can heavily interfere with your day-to-day browsing and may greatly decrease the quality of your overall browsing experience.

If you would like to rid yourself of all these unwanted changes to your Chrome, Firefox or other browser, though, you will have to remove their source. And seeing as browser hijackers usually never come with an obvious uninstallation option, this will require some extra steps. For your convenience, though, we’ve described these steps in the removal guide which you will find just below the current article.

Users very often express concerns regarding their system safety when Brousless is involved – and rightfully so. However, they also tend to jump to conclusions that aren’t based on any facts, such as that Brousless may be a virus or malicious software of some sort.

The Brousless Virus

Browser hijackers like the Brousless Virus are not malicious and cannot harm your system the way that actual viruses can. Therefore, it’s not right to compare the Brousless Virus to malware like Trojans, ransomware and others. But as hijackers aren’t perfectly safe either, experts tend to view them as potentially unwanted.

Brousless Virus


TypeBrowser Hijacker
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Brousless!

How to remove Brousless

  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 Brousless in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Brousless 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 Brousless.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Brousless.
  • 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 Brousless 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 Brousless 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 Brousless 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 Brousless 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 Brousless extension
  4. Get rid of Brousless 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 “Brousless” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Brousless

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Brousless process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Brousless
  • 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 “Brousless” 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 Brousless

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Brousless in there
    4. Uninstall Brousless from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Brousless-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 Brousless 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

    Is Brousless dangerous?

    There is a chance of landing on unsafe web locations that may expose you to external threats such as the ones mentioned above. But this can happen without the hijacker’s intention of actually causing any damage. Nevertheless, to make sure that you don’t come across such attacks, we would recommend simply uninstalling Brousless and as quickly as possible and avoiding its ads.
    As for how you may have landed Brousless in the first place, in most cases this happens from within program bundles. Browser hijacker developers usually include them in the setup of other programs that are typically available for free download. And if you run the automatic installation of such a program or use its default installation settings, this will result in the installation of any added components, including Brousless, as well. With this in mind, from now on always use the custom installation settings in order to be able to opt out of any optional installs.


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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