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

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TypeAdware, .Exe File
Short DescriptionAd-supported software can employ .exe files. Plugin.exe can monitor the system’s applications.
SymptomsAdware generates intrusive advertisements and may collect PII and non-PII information from users.
Distribution MethodIn freeware installers (the bundling method).
Detection toolDownload 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, 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:

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? 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

1. Remove/Uninstall BrowseFox in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall BrowseFox.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove BrowseFox from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select BrowseFox and click “Remove


    After BrowseFox is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate BrowseFox and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After BrowseFox is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select BrowseFox to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After BrowseFox has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on BrowseFox
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall BrowseFox. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the BrowseFox will be removed.

    3. Remove BrowseFox automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

    3. Remove BrowseFox automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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