OpenXBrowser, also dubbed Open X Browser, is a potentially unwanted program with adware functionalities. Once running, OpenXBrowser may gather personally identifiable information and compromise the user’s online safety. The PUP may also be responsible for the display of sponsored results and various advertisements (pop-ups, banners, in-text ads). To protect their machines, users are advised to remove OpenXBrowser and to restore their browsers’ settings.
OpenXBrowser Distribution Method
OpenXBrowser is often packed with other free applications such as various browser extensions and add-ons available for download on the Web. The method is called bundled downloading and is usually used to promote third-party applications and content. However, it may be avoided if the user reads the EULA (End License User Agreement) and opts out of automatic installation.
OpenXBrowser General Description
The ad-supported application may seem user-friendly but as a matter of fact it only increases the chance of malware contamination. Users should be careful not to click any content supported by OpenXBrowser. They may end up being redirected to an attackers’ page where Trojans and viruses are usually distributed. Unwanted advertisements and accordingly, ad-supported apps, are a big concern for users worldwide, due to several reasons. OpenXBrowser may be responsible for:
- The addition of tracking cookies and the collection of private data.
- Injecting unwanted ads and turning random page texts into hyperlinks.
- Slowing down the Internet speed and causing browser crashes.
Even though OpenXBrowser is not described as a malware threat or a virus, its removal is advisory due to the potential PC problems it may bring. Furthermore, adware is commonly associated with privacy issues.
Users generally have two removal options – manual or automatic. No matter what the decision is, the steps provided below should be of great help.
Keep in mind that the browser’s settings also need to be restored to rehabilitate the system entirely.
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
- Guide 1: How to Remove OpenXBrowser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of OpenXBrowser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove OpenXBrowser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase OpenXBrowser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall OpenXBrowser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove OpenXBrowser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate OpenXBrowser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove OpenXBrowser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove OpenXBrowser
Step 2: Uninstall OpenXBrowser 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 OpenXBrowser 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 OpenXBrowser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of OpenXBrowser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall OpenXBrowser 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 OpenXBrowser 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 OpenXBrowser files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as OpenXBrowser, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove OpenXBrowser 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 OpenXBrowser 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 OpenXBrowser 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 OpenXBrowser 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 OpenXBrowser will be removed.
Eliminate OpenXBrowser 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.