|Type||Ad-supported web browser.|
|Short Description||Beagle Browser promises to stop the display of unwanted advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Generates advertisements, may slow down the PC. Causes random redirects which take up the whole screen.Creates multiple hotlink shortcuts on the user desktop.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or freeware websites.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Beagle Browser|
Beagle Browser is a web browser developed by Lollipop Network S. L. It is based on Google Chrome and is classified as an ad-supported PUP by security investigators. Originally It claims to eliminate all advertised content from the websites that are visited by it. However, it does not do that at all. The suspicious browser has been observed to run an unusually high amount of processes that may slow the PC down, obtain user information via cookies and modify particular PC settings. Also, it has been reported to leave several processes in the Windows Task Manager after closing it and remain active in the form of an application running on the Windows Tray.
Beagle Browser – How Did I Install It?
There are several methods that Beagle Browser may have employed to situate itself on your PC. One of them is by tricking users via a redirect to manually download and install it on the computer. The other and more probable way of installation on a PC is by ‘bundling’. This means that Beagle Browser may have come as a free ‘extra’ along with any other program you may have installed soon. Most users tend to skip some installation steps in their rush to install a program, and this is how programs like Beagle Browser may slip into the PC.
Beagle Browser – What Does It Do?
Immediately after installation, Beagle Browser put several icons on the desktop that were leading to the most widely used websites. These icons were hotlinks that were opened via the browser itself.
The first few times it was started, Beagle Browser did not display any ads, but it did not block any site ads as promised. However after being started for the third time, a very annoying interruptive new web page popped up, advertising an online gambling website with free registration. On the web page description, it said ‘Powered by Beagle Browser.’ So, bottom line, not only it did not block any advertisements but it also caused random redirects to websites that may or may not be scamming the user to enter his personal information that the third party site may collect and use for malicious purposes.
Another suspicious detail that was noticed when the browser was installed on the computer was the fact that it ran twice as many processes in Windows Task Manager. When the browser was closed, there were still some processes running in Windows Task Manager.
When those .exe processes were further investigated, it was discovered that the browser ran a familiar extension whilst closed, same as another suspicious browser – Tortuga. This extension was going by the name of ‘Omnibox’ which was not present in the Chrome://extensions list. Omnibox may collect keystrokes to improve search relevance for the user. According to some researchers, it may be common for this extension to be running in the background while the web browser itself is being closed. It is a very useful extension. However, it is a bad sign that it is being used by a browser that displays sudden redirects and ads that lead to suspicious third-parties.
When the test machine was scanned for malware, all associated files with this browser were identified as program files of a Potentially Unwanted Program or a PUP.
Be very careful what you enter and which websites you visit on the web. IT professionals recommend to stay up to date with the latest suspicious apps and install a reputable anti-malware scanning program that will actively protect your PC.
Beagle Browser Removal Manual
In case you have decided that you have no use of beagle browser, bear in mind that you should uninstall it manually first. To do this, please follow the step-by-step tutorial below. Since Beagle Browser may leave some objects on the computer in various locations, the best solution that avoids the complete reinstall of your OS or the time costly process of manually looking for them is a particular anti-malware tool that eradicate such PUPs automatically.
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
- Guide 1: How to Remove Beagle Browser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Beagle Browser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Beagle Browser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Beagle Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Beagle Browser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Beagle Browser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Beagle Browser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Beagle Browser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Beagle Browser
Step 2: Uninstall Beagle Browser and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Beagle Browser on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Beagle Browser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Beagle Browser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Beagle Browser and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Beagle Browser via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Beagle Browser files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Beagle Browser, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Beagle Browser from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Beagle Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Beagle Browser from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Beagle Browser from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Beagle Browser will be removed.
Eliminate Beagle Browser from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.