BrowseFox is a computer application promoted as a helpful price comparison tool aimed at improving the online shopping experience of the user. BrowseFox has been classified as adware and PUP (potentially unwanted program) because the third party pop-ups, banners, deals and coupons it displays hide a potential security risk if clicked on.
BrowseFox – Distribution Technique
BrowseFox plug-in can be downloaded from its official page, but it can also be delivered via bundled downloads of programs and applications you have downloaded online. Unwanted installations are easy to avoid – just select the Custom settings where you can see what additional software is being installed along with the desired one and just un-tick the programs you do not want to be installed on your PC.
BrowseFox – Details and Symptoms
According to the official BrowseFox product page, the plugin comes with various tools designed to help the user organize the information he encounters online. Every time the user views an online shopping site, he is presented with numerous commercial ads that BrowseFox has generated according to his preferences.
This feature may sound appealing to many users, but it should be noted that some of the displayed links may direct the user to potentially corrupted web pages and expose his machine to security risks.
For BrowseFox to be able to display relevant deals and offers, the plug-in tracks information, such as:
- IP address
- Visited URLs
- Search queries
- Browsing history
This information is needed so the user can be presented with advertisements related to his interests and preferences.
Should You Remove BrowseFox From Your PC?
The users who have willingly downloaded the plug-in and have been satisfied with the service it provides, shall not do anything more. The ones who find the numerous deals and coupons annoying and have no idea how BrowseFox ended up on their machines are advised to remove the application either manually or with the assistance of a legit anti-malware tool. Follow the steps below to delete BrowseFox permanently from your computer.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove BrowseFox from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of BrowseFox from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove BrowseFox from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase BrowseFox from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall BrowseFox from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove BrowseFox from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate BrowseFox from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove BrowseFox from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BrowseFox
Step 2: Uninstall BrowseFox 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 BrowseFox 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 BrowseFox there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of BrowseFox from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall BrowseFox 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 BrowseFox 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 BrowseFox 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 BrowseFox 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 BrowseFox 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 BrowseFox 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 BrowseFox will be removed.
Eliminate BrowseFox 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.