Removal Guide

Uninstall Browser Air Virus From Chrome/Firefox/IE

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This article aims to help users uninstall Browser Air Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.

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The Browser Air Virus In Control Panel

Another day – another virus. Browser Air Virus has been identified as an Adware threat. If you are not quite familiar what this is we will provide some answers for you. Adware is a type of malicious software that is commonly regarded to be situated in the lower spectrum of all the possible online dangers for your computer. Its name stems from the words Advertisement and Malware and as such you can probably guess what the most common characteristic of Browser Air Virus is – ads. But more on that later. What we would like to emphasize on, and we should probably write emphasize down in bold letters is despite the fact that this is the type of malware generally considered not dangerous there are certain ways in which this program might cause some very real and practical problems for your operating system. It should not be disregarded at all, on the contrary you should look to remove it from your device as soon as possible and not risk further infection. Luckily for you we are here to instruct you just how to do that. We have previously mentioned that we will elaborate more on the ads aspect of this virus and how it can negatively affect your entire PC, i.e. why it would be a pretty good idea to remove it altogether and quickly at that. So here it is – any time you decide to fire up your web browser and do some innocent internet surfing you will be greeted by pop-up ads as well as numerous redirects to not so immaculate websites, trust us when we say that you have no place being there. Not only is that annoying in itself but you should be aware of the fact that these are “portals” through which more viruses will be trying to gain access to your system. Obviously you wouldn’t want that to happen, so in addition to learning how to remove the already infected parts you should also have the discipline required not to interact with the ads or the strange websites when they present themselves to you. Without further ado let’s move to our removal guide!


Name Browser Air Virus
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium. (May try to install other dangerous software on your machine on spy on your browsing habits)
Symptoms Unwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.
Distribution Method Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Browser Air Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Browser Air Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Delete the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
7: Optimize your PC after the removal is done.

Uninstall Browser Air Virus

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UPDATE! You can visit this article for an updated version of the guide: Remove Pop-Up Ads from Chrome/Firefox (Adware Virus)

Our first step here is a reboot in 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 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 W. 8 and 8.1 Users:

Click the Start button ,then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.Administrator permission required


Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK.  Click  Restart in the new pop-up.

Proceed to Step 2.

For Windows 10 Users:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the power button icon in the right corner of the new Start menu to show the power options menu.
  3. Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.

Windows 10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:

Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).

Continue with Step 2.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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By now Browser Air Virus has probably reached and infected all browsers present on your system. While this is most unfortunate it is not the end of the world. Remember though – you will have to apply each step of our guide for each and every one of the browsers on your computer. There is no other way to ensure the virus will not come back even after the removal procedure. Even for browsers you don’t normally use – you can’t let this malware sit idly on your hard drive. Because it will not sit idly and instead will work to ensure more malicious software finds its path towards your hard drive. Do not be fooled into a false sense of security, do your best to completely eradicate this threat.

ie9-10_512x512  For Internet Explorer Users:

Open IE, then click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find Browser Air Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.

If your Home Page is different from the usual, click IE GEAR —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.

Go to STEP 3.

firefox-512  For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Open Firefoxclick on mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-onsHit Extensions next.

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An example of the Browser Air infection

Browser Air Virus  should be somewhere around here –  Remove it.

Go to STEP 3.

chrome-logo-transparent-background For Google Chrome Users

 Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There,  find the virus and  select  chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

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Browser Air in Google Chrome’s extensions

 Click chrome menu icon again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines.  Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.

Go to STEP 3.

safari For Safari Users:

Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.

Go to STEP 3.


Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for all browsers.


Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.

Continue with STEP 4.


Hold the Windows Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the new field, then click OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Browser Air Virus 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 Uninstallchoose NO:


Hold the Windows Key and R againbut this time copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A .txt file will open – don’t touch anything there. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.

Go to STEP 5.


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.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd 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.


Move on to STEP 6.


Take a look at the following things:

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a new window. 


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck anything that has “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete the registries manually:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random numbers
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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      • I have uninstalled Browser Air as directed, then when I went to step 5, I couldn’t find it in the task manager or in Addons-Extentions (Step 3). It appears to still exist somewhere as I am not able to make any other internet browser my default browser other than Browser Air (Image 1).
        Here are the IPs as I see them (image 2)

        • Hello Matt,
          As you suspected these IPs are definitely associated with the virus. Remove them and if the problem still persists it might be a good idea you try the software from the links in the article, the search function is free and it might point you in the right direction. Tell us how it goes.

  • Hello,
    Before going any further – did you manage to complete and of the other Steps in our guide? Which ones? As far as software, we recommend a different brand of software, it might be wise to give it a try as the scanner function is free and might actually point you in the right direction. Let us know.

  • Hi Ravinder,

    You need to search for Notepad, right click on the executable and select run as administrator. WHen the program starts press Files->Open and navigate to the Hosts file and open it. You will now be able to delete the lines and save the file.

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