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Remove Ghokswa Browser and Uninstall BrowserServer.exe

User complaints have appeared regarding a certain piece of unwanted software – Ghokswa Browser. Ghokswa Browser is a suspicious browser that imitates Google Chrome but is not safe to use. Also, keep in mind that Ghokswa Browser may have sneaked into your computer alongside another unwanted program.

NameGhokswa Browser
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe browser takes over the legitimate Chrome browser, set as default.
SymptomsUnusual browser behavior, possibly unwanted ads.
Distribution MethodThird-party installers, Bundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Ghokswa Browser
User Experience Join our forum to discuss Ghokswa Browser.

Potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) tend to come in bundled installers. Such installers may be designed to perform silent installations. The only way to completely rid your system of any trace of Ghokswa Browser or related PUPs may be via strong anti-malware software.

Ghokswa Browser General Description

google-chromeMultiple users’ complaints have appeared on ProductForums by Google.

From Eyal Katz 65’s complaint we understand that Ghokswa Browser somehow sneaked into his system and replaced the legitimate Google Chrome which was also his default one. By attempting to reset Chrome as a default browser, a message was displayed to him reading that a verified publisher (BYSENDA TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED) wanted to install the following file:

  • BrowserServer.exe

Affected users also report witnessing unusual behavior from Chrome, which is usually in the form of sudden crashes, unwanted advertisements, browser redirects.

Ghokswa Browser Distribution Method

As mentioned in the beginning, Ghokswa Browser may have entered the system in a bundled download of freeware.

Other popular distribution methods applied by PUPs include:

  • Interacting with third-party content and clicking on suspicious ads and banners, present on free video streaming pages, p2p communities, etc.
  • Installing fake updates, mostly for Java and Flash. You should not trust pop-ups prompting you to execute unknown files.
  • Opening spam email attachments. Spam content may interfere with your browsers by installing unwanted software on your computer.

Another change noticed by users is that the browser re-appears after manual uninstallation. Ghokswa Browser still runs when the user attempts to launch Chrome from the desktop. The user keeps being redirected to:

ghokswa Browser\ghokswa\chrome.exe

If you have been experiencing unusual behavior from Chrome or another browser, you may have been affected by one or more PUPs (adware, browser hijackers). Considering the intrusive behavior by Ghokswa Browser, we advise you to use anti-malware software to check your system for intruders.

In addition, remember that the longer suspicious browsers such as Ghokswa run on your system, the more vulnerable it becomes. Such software generally serves third-party developers to:

  • Collect personal and non-personal information;
  • Apply tracking technologies;
  • Use collected information for their own purposes.

Even though the exact purpose of Ghokswa Browser hasn’t been confirmed, the fact that it takes over legitimate browsers and remains persistent should be an enough reason to remove it.

Ghokswa Browser Removal

We have compiled several steps to follow in your attempt to eliminate all traces of Ghokswa Browser. Even if you succeed in performing a manual removal of the unwanted browser, it is still recommended to run a full-system scan. Other PUPs may have been installed together with Ghokswa.

Delete Ghokswa Browser from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall Ghokswa Browser in Windows

Remove or Uninstall Ghokswa Browser in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Ghokswa Browser 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 Ghokswa Browser.

    2.Remove Ghokswa Browser from Your Browser

    Remove Ghokswa Browser from Your Browser.

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    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Ghokswa Browser and click “Remove

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    After Ghokswa Browser 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 Ghokswa Browser and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Ghokswa Browser 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 Ghokswa Browser 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 Ghokswa Browser 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 Ghokswa Browser
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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

    Remove Ghokswa Browser automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Ghokswa Browser with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Ghokswa Browser with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Ghokswa Browser.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Ghokswa Browser.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Ghokswa Browser files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Ghokswa Browser in the future

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Ghokswa Browser (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Ghokswa Browser.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Ghokswa Browser.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Ghokswa Browser is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Ghokswa Browser should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove Ghokswa Browser Using Other Alternative Tools

    Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareSTOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Ghokswa Browser.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.

    2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Ghokswa Browser associated files automatically.

    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to delete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove Ghokswa Browser.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Ghokswa Browser associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Ghokswa Browser threat: Manual removal of Ghokswa Browser requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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