BrowsrPlus Ads Overview
ALL READERS SHOULD BEGIN WITH THIS PARAGRAPH! BrowsrPlus Ads is a virus of the adware class – not the most dangerous ones, but ones that are frequently used a backdoor through which more harmful ones appear. If you are especially unlucky, you may not only end up with more of BrowsrPlus Ads’s kind, but also a ransomware – a virus class unto its own, and the most dangerous one on the internet. Ransomware universally greet you with signs that your personal files have been encrypted, and ask you to send money on a specified address (usually around the $500 range) to release your PC. We can talk in length how you can protect yourself in the future, but the important thing now is to identify that BrowsrPlus Ads will try to trick you. If you know this, suddenly you are a lot more in the safe than it seems at first.
Basically this is how things will go – in all of the tricks that the virus can play on you, it will ask for one thing only: PERMISSION. It doesn’t matter what it is, never ever agree to any of the messages you will start seeing. Here are the usual ways it tries to deceive you:
- BrowsrPlus Ads is set to display several different kinds of fake messages. WARNING! These can be displayed as updates for Windows, Java, Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader – in essence very popular or integral to the system programs, which users trust. These are not exclusively limited to browsers; they may pop up while performing regular tasks on your PC.
- The majority of web pages will receive a “banner” treatment, meaning that fake banners will be shown, telling you that you are missing plugins you can install by clicking on the banners.
- Another possibility is that BrowsrPlus Ads will tell you it is an anti-malware program. Just like the first trick, legitimate and trustworthy names will be impersonated here. Avoid agreeing to any check-ups, database updates and the like.
Apart from these three, there are other alarming factors you will probably start sensing. There are several side-effects associated with viruses of the adware class, and we will list the main dangers stemming from them:
- The moment BrowsrPlus Ads appeared, it started recording your account names and passwords. After a “hybernation” period the information is sent to the creator of the malware. The period is no less than a week. Avoid visiting websites with any sensitive data until you’ve dealt with the threat. After you are done with the removal, change all of your passwords, especially if your accounts are connected to any credit cards.
- You will be redirected to websites containing malware if you click on any of the ads. Exit the websites immediately, because they will open up in new tabs and downlaods will start after a few second. However if you can not prevent the installers from finishing the download, you MUST stop the setup’s process through the Task Manager. Clicking cancel and exit will not prevent a virus from installing itself, trust me.
How to Remove BrowsrPlus Ads
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
BrowsrPlus Ads has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find BrowsrPlus Ads . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
BrowsrPlus Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for BrowsrPlus Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing BrowsrPlus Ads. We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.