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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Olive Browser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Olive Browser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Olive Browser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Olive Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Olive Browser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Olive Browser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Olive Browser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Olive Browser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Olive Browser
Step 2: Uninstall Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Olive Browser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser 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 Olive Browser will be removed.
Eliminate Olive Browser 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.