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BrowserDefender Removal Manual

BrowserDefender is a potentially unwanted application detected as a possible malware threat and developed by PerformerSoft/Bit89/MediaTechSoft Inc. BrowserDefender is another variant of the BrowserProtector software and is often bundled with products by PerformerSoft. Once installed, BrowserDefender may cause several issues. It runs in the background of Microsoft Windows and obtains administrator rights so that it cannot be removed.

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BrowserDefender Distribution Technique

BrowserDefender is usually downloaded together with other potentially unwanted programs. The process is called bundled downloading and is applied for financial purposes. Bundling may be escaped if the user opts for the custom installer and deselects suspicious applications. Frequently updating the present anti-malware tool is another safety measure.BrowserDefender

BrowserDefender Description and Behavior

BrowserDefender promises to keep the browser safe from hijacking, but users should be alarmed since the PUP blocks not only third-party software but also Google and Bing. It may get in the way and prevent the user from changing his homepage or search provider.
Security experts also warn users to be careful if tempted to install BrowserDefender because it is suspected to collect private data. In summary, BrowserDefender may seem like a very useful program but as a matter of fact it may cause serious issues with the operating system. The PUP may also alter the browser’s settings to its likings so that the user is redirected to initially determined pages.
Due to the potential threats caused by the suspicious software, its removal is recommended.

BrowserDefender Removal Manual

Having in mind BrowserDefender’s tricky character, running a full system scan via a valid anti-malware solution seems to be the safest way to deal with it.
The step-by-step guide provided below should be of great help to the average user.
For future safety, always opt for the advanced installation option to prevent bundled downloads. Reading the EULA (End User License Agreement) is another useful tip promoted by security experts.

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1. Remove/Uninstall BrowserDefender

1. Remove/Uninstall BrowserDefender 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).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • 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).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall BrowserDefender.

    2. Restore the settings in your browser

    2. Remove BrowserDefender 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

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select BrowserDefender and click “Remove

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    After BrowserDefender 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

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate BrowserDefender and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After BrowserDefender 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’
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  • 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’
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    Select BrowserDefender 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’.

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

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

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