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A new scam has been reported to be released on a massive scale out into the open serving as a scareware message. The message itself aims to scare the inexperienced user that his information is unsafe and hence convince him/her to download a suspicious Chromium browser. Chromium is Google`s open source project, giving way for developers to create custom browsers with different features. However some developers “that turned to the dark side of the force” have developed their custom browsers that advertise heavily for profit via pay-per-click schemes and other affiliate dealings. Since they may advertise any website via those web browsers, make sure to be extremely careful and not download such browsers. In case you have any of the after-mentioned software in this article, it is highly recommended to follow the instructions for its removal at the end.
|Name||Browser Privacy Alert|
|Type||Pop-up linking to the download of suspicious software.|
|Short Description||The pop-up displays a scareware message claiming the user`s information may be compromised.|
|Symptoms||The user may see the pop-up with an ‘Ok’ button. If clicked on the button, the user may be redirected to a third-party webstie prompting the download of a software that may be ad-supported and collect his information.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling (Browser Hijackers) or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Browser Privacy Alert|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Browser Privacy Alert.|
Chromium Browser Privacy Alert – How Did I Start Seeing It
You may have started seeing this annoying pop-up as a result of clicking on an online advertisement or a suspicious web link, mentioned in an online comment or a reply in a forum or any other website.
Furthermore such pop-ups appearing on your computer may be because you might have adware installed in it. Adware is most commonly met in the face of PUPs or Potentially Unwanted Programs and is distributed mostly through other installers of widely used freeware. Such freeware like your favorite free media player, for example, is mostly provided with bundled ad-supported PUPs by some third-party sites for profit.
Chromium Browser Privacy Alert – More about It
Once the user visits the suspicious URL, it immediately may display the pop-up giving a limited choice, at first glance. Once clicked on the ‘Ok’ button, the user may be redirected to a download web page prompting him to download a custom, most often Chromium-based browser that is usually of the information collecting ad-supported type:
- Chromatic Browser
- Unico Browser
- Mini Browser
- Torch Browser
- Mustang Browser
- Tesla Browser
- Beagle Browser
- Mustang Browser
These are one of the few hazardous browsers this pop-up may lead to, and almost all of them are Chromium based. In case you feel unsafe it is not recommended to install any of the ones above. Instead, it is always good to do your research on a secure browser before downloading any based on a random pop-up appearing.
Furthermore, these browsers are all reported to request certain read and write permissions with the purpose of collecting information, run on start-up, run active plugins in the system tray or displaying various advertisements of a different kind as well as make themselves difficult to remove. What is more, they may collaborate with third-party websites for profit and some of them might be directly dangerous to your computer.
Remove Browser Privacy Alert Pop-up Completely
In case you have seen the “Browser Privacy Alert” pop-up it is strongly advisable to check your browser for any suspicious browser extensions and also check for any unwanted programs that might be suspiciously installed onto your computer. Also, it is highly advisable to download and install an advanced anti-malware software that will detect any unwanted and insecure programs entering in your computer and remove any malware in case your system may have already been infected.
Here is how to remove any Chromium browsers as well as detect and remove other unwanted browser extensions and software:
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Browser Privacy Alert 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Browser Privacy Alert.
Step 2: Remove Browser Privacy Alert from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Browser Privacy Alert and click “Remove”
After Browser Privacy Alert is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Browser Privacy Alert 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’.
After Browser Privacy Alert has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Browser Privacy Alert
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Browser Privacy Alert. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Browser Privacy Alert will be removed.