Believe it or not, the fake web browser wave did not surpass the notorious Tor browser as well. A fake web browser, which claims to provide access to some particular locations in the deep web has been reported by malware researchers to be a complete sham. The browser only pretends to be Tor, but instead of communicating via the Tor network, it displays a page directly coming from a third-party web server. The website, which offers illegal activities displayed by the browser, called Rodeo Marketplace and claims to sell illegal things (drugs, weapons, etc.) online is also a scam. So, in case you have become a victim of this web browser, we recommend that you read this article, learn more about it and how to remove it properly.
|Type||Malicious and fake TOR-like web browser that is a scam.|
|Short Description||Aims to lead the a user to what appears to be a phishing web page of a site, known as Rodeo Marketplace which is also a scam.|
|Symptoms||Almost identical in the way that it looks to Tor web browser, but is named Rodeo. Coded in .NET|
|Distribution Method||Advertised on forums, the dark web and other suspicious online marketplaces and web sites.|
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How Rodeo Browser Lures Victims in Its Trap
An investigation by cyber-security experts has concluded that this malicious web browser is advertised on various online places, including software-providing websites, torrent engine sites’ forums and many other sites. Some even claim they saw this browser being advertised in the form of:
- Links in YouTube tutorials on “How to Install Rodeo Browser” or similar.
- Browser redirects.
- Comments on websites.
If you see the advertisements to this browser, it will likely lure you into clicking on it, because of the browser’s “main advantage”. It advertises the so-called Rodeo Marketplace – a fake deep web marketplace, only accessible from this browser. It offers many illegal objects, like weaponry, drugs, substances and many others. However, you must not download the Rodeo browser, since it is nothing but a sham.
Analysis and Activity of Rodeo Browser
Even though the Rodeo web browser is coded in .NET, the scamming software aims to resemble any initial process with the Tor browser. Even when you turn it on, it pretends to be connecting to the tor network:
But the Rodeo browser is not entirely different than the Tor, browser, because it is essentially Tor itself, only it’s internals are heavily modified in order to provide access exclusively to the deep web marketplace. Later In the investigation, it was established that the Rodeo browser has only borrowed the interface of Tor. And what is more than that, most of the buttons on it do not open anything. And expected enough, the settings menu on the fake web browser are configured to load Rodeo Marketplace:
When the marketplace is visited, it is advertised as “most reliable service market on the web” with “years of experience”. However, this is all untrue, because of the fact that the Rodeo Marketplace website actually leads to a third-party web server with a hidden location. And what is more, the website does not feature any PGP encryption to protect the users even if they purchase something from it, for example “hackers for hire”:
In addition to this, the Rodeo browser features multiple BitCoin wallets where you must pay in BitCoin if you want to order an illegitimate services. So it is a fake website of a legitimate website – really clever. Once you have paid in BitCoin, the service is anonymous and you do not get any contact or product back. And whenever the users pay something in the site, they actually pay it to the cyber-criminals instead of buying a product or a service. In the same time the traffic of the site is redirected to a third-party FTP server, meaning the hackers can see live, what you are doing on the site itself.
How to Remove Rodeo Browser Immediately
In order to get rid of this nasty piece of scamming code, we strongly suggest that you act immediately, than to risk it to involve you into further trouble. This is why we advise you to follow the removal instructions down below. They are specifically designed to remove any traces of Rodeo browser. But, since this browser may also tamper with crucial Windows components, experts strongly suggest to use an advanced anti-malware software in order to effectively detect all associated files, mutexes, modified registry entries as well as processes that contribute to the running of this web browser on your PC.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Rodeo browser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Rodeo browser on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Rodeo browser in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Rodeo browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Rodeo browser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Rodeo browser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Rodeo browser from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Rodeo browser Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Rodeo browser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rodeo browser
Step 2: Uninstall Rodeo 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 Rodeo 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 Rodeo browser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Rodeo browser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Rodeo 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 Rodeo 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 Rodeo browser files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Rodeo browser, 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 Rodeo 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 Rodeo 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 Rodeo 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 Rodeo 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 Rodeo browser will be removed.
Eliminate Rodeo 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Rodeo browser 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".