|Type||Ad-supported web browser.|
|Short Description||FusionBrowser promises to improve browsing experience.|
|Symptoms||May slow down the PC. Uses suspicious search engine redirect. Stays always on top of desktop. Difficult to close. May collect sensitive information.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or website redirects.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By FusionBrowser|
A new browser, regarded as an adware PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) by most antivirus programs that use tracking software to collect information has emerged, carrying the name FusionBrowser. Experts warn that the software runs several unfamiliar extensions, is very difficult to close and is constantly on top of the user screen. It also employs the infamous Trovi.com search engine that is also detected to be used by some browser hijackers. Experts recommend the removal of FusionBrowser since it may slow down computer performance and also might conceal certain risks to the user.
How Did I Install FusionBrowser?
The common way of installing FusionBrowser is from their website fusionbrowser.net. However, the most probable mean of such PUP slipping into user PCs is by just including it in installers. Third-party sites may sometimes do this service to promote new software. You may have skipped a step in the installation of another free program that may have said something, like ‘Include FusionBrowser as a free extra’ or similar. Even though such opt-out pages seem to be hard to miss, many users tend to skip them, and this is how PUPs such as FusionBrowser may be installed onto the computer. Another mean of installation is being redirected to their web page or directly to their download hotlink. However, it is less likely to happen.
When researched, there were few details about this app that raised our eyebrows. One of them was the claims that the company may obtain personal information from the user. Even though initially it is stated that they will disclose aggregated information, we have noticed that they claim that they may share it with third parties when they use certain services.
When we researched these third parties we have found that FusionBrowser is using the Trovi Search engine, which is employed by several other unwanted programs, such as WebDiscover Browser and WindeskWinsearch and uses various cookies with long expiration dates.
Also there were four unknown to us browser extensions, running as active processes on the computer:
Rain alarm extension
Unlimited free VPN Hola
Facebook Messenger Notifications
More so, FusionBrowser was actively running on the user desktop. We did not manage to find any user-friendly way do close the application, since it did not have an X button or another way to close. More so it was running on top of the screen all the time, even though other windows were opened. The only way that we found useful is via the Windows Task Manager, where ironically we have identified almost three times as many chrome.exe processes taking power from the CPU than the regular Google Chrome.
Several anti-malware tools also detect FusionBrowser as a PUP. PUPs may not be directly dangerous to the user. However, most of them are being detected mainly for two reasons. The first reason is that they may collect various information via cookies usually employed by third-party services. The other reason may be the fact that such programs display advertisements and sometimes even cause redirects to malicious pages that may scan the user or infect his PC with malware. This is why it is recommended to remove any program that is identified as a PUP.
How To Remove FusionBrowser?
To manually uninstall FusionBrowser, please refer to the after mentioned step-by-step instructions below. Bear in mind that after uninstalling, some objects, related to FusionBrowser may remain on your computer. This is why experts advise installing a professional anti-malware tool that will detect and eradicate any files and prevent future threats from penetrating your PC’s defences.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove FusionBrowser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of FusionBrowser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove FusionBrowser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase FusionBrowser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall FusionBrowser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove FusionBrowser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate FusionBrowser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove FusionBrowser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove FusionBrowser
Step 2: Uninstall FusionBrowser 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 FusionBrowser 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 FusionBrowser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of FusionBrowser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall FusionBrowser 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 FusionBrowser 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 FusionBrowser 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 FusionBrowser 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 FusionBrowser 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 FusionBrowser 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 FusionBrowser will be removed.
Eliminate FusionBrowser 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.