Olive Browser is developed by Tuguu SL. The browser is currently in its beta version. Our team has already written about products developed by Tuguu SL, such as Doma IQ – a monetization platform used by publishers for product bundling. Many researchers may refer to such products as adware and potentially unwanted.
|Type||Adware, PUP, Bundleware|
|Short Description||The browser has been detected as potentially unwanted by several AV providers.|
|Symptoms||Advertisements may be generated, additional software may have been downloaded alongside.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, the official page, other freeware websites.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Olive Browser|
According to several reports, Olive Browser (compatible with Chrome) may not be safe to use and may even be associated with malware. The browser can be downloaded from its official page – olivebrowser(dot)com. It may be advertised as a free and friendly Windows browser. Keep in mind that, even if the browser is legitimate, it may have been exploited by malicious programs. As a result of the exploitation, the user may witness a warning by Google Chrome. Our research indicates that AV scanners detect malware components in the primary executable process of Olive – olive.exe. Continue reading to learn more.
Olive Browser Technical Resume
Our research shows that Olive Browser, being a product developed by Tuguu SL, uses the DomaIQ download manager. As we mentioned in the beginning, the platform is broadly employed for bundling of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). What usually happens when a bundled installer is used is the user downloads unwanted software without adequate consent. Additional pieces of code included in the primary package may or may not be mentioned properly in the installer.
Some AV specialists refer to bundled installers as bundleware and downloadware. In general, unwanted software can be classified as riskware, and it’s not hard to guess why. If you unwillingly and unknowingly download a potentially unwanted program (which wasn’t properly disclosed in the Download Agreement), it may harm your PC by, let’s say, messing with its registry entries.
The least that can happen is you end up with a program you didn’t actually want or need. In addition, some PUPs can be persistent in the attempt to remove them manually, without using AV software.
In that sense, if you don’t remember downloading Olive Browser from its official website or another freeware page, it may have sneaked into your PC in a bundled software package.
Olive Browser Privacy and Data Collection Policy
There, it is stated that the authors of Olive Browser collect certain details such as used browser, visited pages through the browser, other applications installed on the PC. Nothing extra-ordinary here. However, by having a look at the Terms & Conditions, you will learn that extra offers may be included in the download package:
→Your download and software installation is managed by the installer. The installer downloads the files necessary to install your software; and (ii) scans your computer for specific files and registry settings to ensure software compatibility with your operating system and other software installed on your computer. Once the installer has been initiated, you will be presented with a welcome screen, it allows you to choose to install the software or cancel out of the process. We may show you one or more partner software offers. You are not required to accept a software offer to receive your download. We may also offer to: (i) change your browser’s homepage; (ii) change your default search provider; and (iii) install icons to your computer desktop. Software we own and our partner’s software may include advertisements within the application.
As visible by the paragraph above, Olive Browser and its affiliate partners can affect the browser and the system’s default settings, and may include advertisements. Additionally, advertisements may be generated within the browser, such as promotional information, advertisements, and offers for third party products or services, as noted in the Terms & Conditions.
Olive Browser Scan Report
The primary executable – olive.exe – has been uploaded and analyzed by the VirusTotal scanner. 18 out of the 56 AV scanners detect the file as suspicious. Here are several detection names:
- Avira – PUA/Softpulse.Gen4
- BitDefender – Gen:Variant.Mikey.25987
- Dr.Web – Trojan.Domaiq.323
- ESET-NOD32 – a variant of Win32/SoftPulse.AJ potentially unwanted
- Kaspersky – not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.SoftPulse.heur
- MalwareBytes – PUP.Optional.InstallCore
Olive Browser Removal Options
Considering the data collection and display of advertisements policies, as well as the bundled nature of its installer, the removal of Olive Browser is recommended. To remove all traces of the browser and the software that it may have been bundled with, running a full system scan may be the best option. However, experienced users can follow the removal guide provided below.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Olive 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Olive Browser.
Step 2: Remove Olive Browser from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Olive Browser and click “Remove”
After Olive Browser is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Olive 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’.
After Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Olive Browser. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Olive Browser will be removed.
Step 3: Remove Olive Browser automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Olive Browser associated objects.