MountainBrowse(.)com is the web address for a browser hijacker that goes by the same name. The hijacker can redirect you, which usually happens when you do a search. You will end up on the search results page of SafeFinder, which looks almost exactly like the one of Yahoo. SafeFinder is a known browser hijacker and will filter your searches. MountainBrowse(.)com can switch the homepage, new tab and the search engine of the browsers you use.
To remove the hijacker and all of its files, you should read the article carefully.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker redirects you and filters your searches.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings that can be changed are the homepage, search engine and new tab. You might see sponsored content and advertisements when you browse.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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MountainBrowse(.)com – Methods of Distribution
MountainBrowse(.)com has a few methods of distribution. The undesired platform can get onto your computer via third-party installations. Software, bundled with others or one which is freeware can deliver the hijacker on your computer system. Such setups usually have more components for installation, set by default. The hijacker can switch browser settings, and before you know it, your whole computer is affected, and your browsers have changed settings. To avoid similar installations is manageable if you find a Custom or an Advanced option menu inside the install setup.
MountainBrowse(.)com could use other methods to distribute its search engine to your browser applications. One of those could be through redirecting links and advertisements on various websites. Pop-ups, banners and similar types of ads might be used, as well. The hijacker could distribute itself with the help of websites pushing such redirects and ads. These websites might be affiliated or partnerned with MountainBrowse(.)com. The following browsers could be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
MountainBrowse(.)com – Details
MountainBrowse(.)com is the domain of a browser hijacker which has the same name – Mountain Browse. You can see its main page in the screenshot below:
There could be an extension and add-on related to the hijacker as well as additional components found on your personal computer, which can generate adverts and redirects. From the redirects, you might land on suspicious websites or others which deliver third party content. The owners of those websites might be partnered or affiliated with MountainBrowse(.)com.
In the image shown above, you can see the search results of MountainBrowse(.)com. You might think at first that it is the search results page of Yahoo but it only looks like it. In actuality, you get redirected to the search results of SafeFinder, which is another browser hijacker. The hijacker probably uses this imitation of a reputable search engine for trying to trick people and get them to trust it and continue using it.
MountainBrowse(.)com can obtain all sorts of information from you and your specific browser habits, including the searches you do. Servers of the hijacker and those of SafeFinder will collect that information. You can read more about the Safe Finder Browser Hijacker from the article on our blog.
The search engines are connected and probably affiliated. They acquire all information from your search queries. You should be careful with the information you provide with every search you do while using the hijackers’ search bars. Do not type out personal details. Continue to read and see what these privacy policies state and what data precisely MountainBrowse(.)com acquires from you.
You can see the Privacy Policies for both hijackers right here:
According to the Mountain Browse policy, information which can be collected is:
- The type of your browser
- The type of your device
- Language preferences
- Time stamps
- Clicks and visited pages
- Facebook Login, Google+, etc. data stored in such social media sites
- Email address
- Search logs
- Operating system
- Utilized internet service provider
- Other similar information
According to the policy of Safe Finder, the information which can be collected is:
- Browser (type and language)
- Operating System (type and language)
- Your name and address
- Geo location and IP address
- Date and time of access
- Your time zone
- Advertisements viewed
- Offers and services that interest you
- Default search
- VPN and Proxy services
- Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Interaction with social networks
- Screen Resolution
- Search quires and browsing history
- Pages browsed and content viewed
If you are using any services related to MountainBrowse(.)com or Safe Finder, including applications tied to them, you automatically give your approval for the collection of your data. The policies state that cookies, web beacons, pixel tags and similar technologies can be used for accumulating further data. In the case of merger, sale or bankruptcy of the MountainBrowse site, personal information can be sold and provided as an asset to another company.
Remove MountainBrowse(.)com Completely from Your PC
To remove MountainBrowse(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MountainBrowse(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MountainBrowse(.)com on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MountainBrowse(.)com in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MountainBrowse(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MountainBrowse(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MountainBrowse(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MountainBrowse(.)com from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable MountainBrowse(.)com Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove MountainBrowse(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MountainBrowse(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall MountainBrowse(.)com 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 MountainBrowse(.)com 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 MountainBrowse(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MountainBrowse(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MountainBrowse(.)com 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 MountainBrowse(.)com 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 MountainBrowse(.)com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MountainBrowse(.)com, 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 MountainBrowse(.)com 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 MountainBrowse(.)com 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 MountainBrowse(.)com 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 MountainBrowse(.)com 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 MountainBrowse(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate MountainBrowse(.)com 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by MountainBrowse(.)com from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".