Categorized as adware by malware experts, the BrainFakBanana browser application is known to display various pop-up ads in the user’s browser. BrainFakBanana can attach a BHO (browser helper object) to Internet Explorer, a browser extension to Chrome and an add-on to Mozilla Firefox in order to perform its operations. BrainFakBanana acts as an advertising engine, and its main purpose is to generate PPC (pay-per-click) revenue for its creators. The BrainFakBanana extension may track the user’s browsing history and collect certain information about and from the web pages viewed by the PC user, in order to display relevant advertising content. Experts recommend BrainFakBanana’s removal from the affected computer because it may interfere with your online activities or even expose your machine to security threats.
BrainFakBanana – Distribution and Symptoms
BrainFakBanana is classified as an adware program and as such has quite a trivial distribution method – through bundled downloads of freeware and shareware. You might install BrainFakBanana on your computer along with other software you have downloaded online and not even notice it until you see the pop-up ads flooding your browser. Experts recommend the Advanced installation options where you can see а list of all additional installations and uncheck the unwanted ones.
The numerous pop-up, banner, in-text advertisements displayed by BrainFakBanana can be quite annoying and disrupt your online experience, but they can also redirect you to potentially unsafe web locations if clicked on.
- IP address
- Browsing history (what websites were visited, the duration of the browsing sessions, etc.)
- Search queries
It is also possible that the collected data may be transferred to third parties for marketing purposes.
BrainFakBanana may also alter the settings of your browser and change the default homepage and search engine to predetermined third party websites.
How to Remove BrainFakBanana from Your PC?
BrainFakBanana is not a virus, yet its removal can present some difficulties to the regular user. You can delete BrainFakBanana either manually or with a reputable anti-malware program. Just follow the removal guide below to eradicate BrainFakBanana or any other adware program from your computer permanently.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove BrainFakBanana from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of BrainFakBanana from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove BrainFakBanana from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase BrainFakBanana from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall BrainFakBanana from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove BrainFakBanana from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate BrainFakBanana from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove BrainFakBanana from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BrainFakBanana
Step 2: Uninstall BrainFakBanana 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 BrainFakBanana 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 BrainFakBanana there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of BrainFakBanana from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall BrainFakBanana 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 BrainFakBanana 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove BrainFakBanana 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 BrainFakBanana 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 BrainFakBanana 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 BrainFakBanana 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 BrainFakBanana will be removed.
Eliminate BrainFakBanana 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.