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Adware and Executables: Remove Plugin.exe and BrowseFox, SmileyDistrict


Name BrowseFox
Type Adware, .Exe File
Short Description Ad-supported software can employ .exe files. Plugin.exe can monitor the system’s applications.
Symptoms Adware generates intrusive advertisements and may collect PII and non-PII information from users.
Distribution Method In freeware installers (the bundling method).
Detection tool Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By BrowseFox

Plugin.exe is an executable file that may belong to one or several software products. According to File.net, the process may belong to:

→Project1, Smiley District, Express Find, Internet Program, Digital More, Assist Point.

According to our research, Plugin.exe currently may be associated with any of the following:

  • mywebsearch
  • BrowseFox
  • Trojan/VBS.Runner.el
  • Trojan.DR.Agent
  • W32/MultiPlug.O.gen
  • W32/Mabezat
  • AdClicker

It appears that Plugin.exe is most likely being used by the Browse Fox adware and similar applications. As we have already written here at SensorsTech, the BrowseFox plugin is described as useful and user-friendly. It comes with various tools designed to help the user organize the information he encounters online. However, the plugin is typically distributed via freeware installers and can be responsible for the display of advertisements.

File Description: Is Plugin.exe Essential to Windows?

File.net has outlined the file as not essential to Windows. Furthermore, it may turn out to be quite troublesome. Here are some of its specifications:

  • It is located in a subfolder of “C:\Program Files”.
  • Its size is estimated as 53,248 bytes on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows XP.

According to security researchers, Plugin.exe is capable of monitoring other applications running on the system. Thus, the executable can put the PC at risk and should be removed.

Other .exe Files to Keep Away from:




What Is the Connection Between Adware and Executable Files?

An .exe file or program, often called just an executable, employs the system to perform determined tasks according to instructions put into code. .Exe files differ from data files that need to be parsed by a program to be resolved. The encoded instructions in an executable are usually just machine code for a physical CPU (Central Processing Unit). Anyhow, a file with instructions for a software interpreter* can also be presumed executable. That is why it is crucial to know what the exact interpretation is. In the context of computer malware and online security, all files associated with dubious instruction execution can be combined.

How Can I Remove Plugin.exe, BrowseFox, SmileyDistrict?

To eradicate all traces of the executable, more than one program may have to be removed from the system. You can always search for hazardous applications manually. We have provided some easy steps to follow. However, after you have uninstalled them, you may want to scan your system via professional anti-malware software.

To stay protected, make sure to enable your firewall and keep your anti-virus program intact and running.

*In computing, Interpreter is a computer program that directly executes instructions written in a scripting or programming language.

Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter

1. Remove/Uninstall BrowseFox
2. Restore the settings in your browser
3. Remove BrowseFox automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys 'Mr. Robot' and fears '1984'.

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