Better History Extension (Redirects and Ads “Virus”) – How to Remove It

Better History Extension (Redirects and Ads “Virus”) – How to Remove It

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This article is created to help you by showing you how to remove the Better History browser extension from your web browser and secure your computer against this potentially unwanted application from your computer.

A new program which was reported to be causing web browser redirects and different advertisements on the computers it has been installed on has been detected and reported on user forums and online threat centers. The program’s primary purpose is to pretend to improve your web browsing experience, however in reality it does more harm than good, redirecting you to unsafe websites, via the domain, which we have detected to be associated with a massive wave of browser redirects for the past few days.

Threat Summary

NameBetter History
TypePotentially Unwanted Application
Short DescriptionAn ad-supported browser extension whose primary purpose is to display different advertisements and cause browser redirects to– related domains.
SymptomsBetter History browser extension added on your web browser. Online advertisements, slow computer performance and browser redirections.
Distribution MethodBundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss Better History.

How Did I Start Seeing Redirects Caused By Better History

According to user reports, Better History was originally designed to help improve your searching process when you are trying to review your web browser history to see a web page you have visited a while ago. This was until adware authors purchased the legitimate applications, according to latest rumors and started using it’s large database of over 200 thousand users to spread advertisements and redirects that lead to deceptive sites. The app is originally installed from it’s main web page which advertises it and since many have trusted it in the past, they may be misled to install it again, which for this moment is not advisable:

In addition to this, users who have had problems with Better History also report having problems with other potentially unsafe browser extensions, similar to Better History such as “Enhanced History”:

Better History PUA Extension – What Does It Do

Better History is categorized by many as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). While the app improves the way you search for websites you have visited In the past, it also comes together with a bonus and this bonus is not necessarily a good thing.

For starters, when it is installed on your web browser, Better History may obtain different information from your web broswer, like:

  • Your online search history.
  • Your browsing history.
  • Bookmarked websites.
  • Information about your online clicks.
  • Personal information which you may have entered accidentally.

This information is likely used by the Better History app to do none other than display different advertisements on your computer. The ads that are displayed may be of different types, like pop-ups, taken over banner spaces and many other forms of advertisements, but the main ads that are displayed are browser redirects via the host, whose primary purpose is to lead you to third-party websites.

The third-party sites that you may be lead to without your consent are usually sites that aim to make money of pay-per click or pay-per-visit schemes by driving hoax traffic to an advertised URL. While this strategy is often used by unwanted programs, like Better History, other risks may be involved with the program as well. One of those is that it can lead you to Phishing pages which are fake web pages of online retailers or login pages for big websites, like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Those fake pages may ask you to enter your online information and try to login, however your password and username may be collected by the third-party vendors of those pages, who may have nothing to do with Better History. And in addition to this, the browser redirections can also lead you to other websites that can even infect your computer with malware or introduce tech support scam sites that may lock your web browser.

Remove Better History Adware from Google Chrome and Your PC

If you have seen advertisements and browser redirects for quite some time on your computer, chances are that Better History may have spread to your file system and may have added adware as programs as a result of redirects to sites that automatically install other ad-supported programs on your computer. So to remove Better History, you should check your PC and your web browsers for all sorts of software that you do not know existed on your PC and check it’s credibility as well. The best way to do this manually is to follow the manual instructions underneath. However, if you want to be completely sure that your PC is fully secured, cyber-security professionals recommend scanning it with an anti-malware scanner to fully remove Better History and all of the associated files and objects related to it, plus secure your PC against future intrusive software and malware in real-time.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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