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A chromium based web browser going by the name TheBrowser is belived to hijack the user’s PC setting itself as a default browser and displaying a custom search engine. Security researchers outline this cyber threat as a potentially unwanted and indirectly dangerous to the user PC and they recommend its swift removal from it. This particular application is also believed to cause redirects to third-party websites and display custom ad-supported search results leading to such online locations.

NameTheBrowser
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.
SymptomsThe user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.
Distribution MethodBundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by TheBrowser
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss about TheBrowser.

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TheBrowser – How Did It Hijack my PC

TheBrowser may use the bundling downloads – a very common strategy for most third-party websites out there. It is a useful marketing tool push the installation of third-party applications in the setup programs of other legitimate software the user downloads from the web ‘as a free extra’ to it. Bundling is commonly met in most third-party direct software download sites, however it can also be seen when you download software via torrent sites. This is why experts warn users to stay away from such when it comes to programs and to always look for the official provider’s website, because they might just miss such installation step during the setup – it happens even to experienced users.

TheBrowser – What Does It Do?

Once installed on your computer this particular Chromium-based application may perform various activities on the user PC. One of those activities may be running processes in the background such as its built-in extensions even after the program has been ‘X’-ed. What is more, the program may create and modify the Windows Registry Editor with values that may set its executable or extensions to run every time on system start-up or even in specific times. The program may also set itself as the default browser opening itself every time the user clicks on a web link.
What is more, the software may situate various types of cookies in the user PC that may track user information such as:

  • Online searches.
  • Online clicks.
  • Browsing history.
  • User information.
  • Credentials

This information may then be used in several different ways by third-parties and the company of-course does not take any responsibilities to what third-parties do with the user information and this is why it is regarded as unsafe.

Third-party advertisements may conceal many different danger for the user:

  • Collect his personal details via fake surveys and sell his information to malware writers who develop tailor-made malware based on that very computer or other interested parties.
  • Scam the user out of his information or money using social engineering and a fake tech support site as a front to gain access to the user PC.
  • Infect the user PC with scripts that cause redirects to malicious link, executing malware onto the user PC.
  • Scam the user via fake prize claims, product trials of freeware and others.

This are the main reasons why TheBrowser is considered to be indirectly unsafe towards users and this is why experts recommend taking actions against this third-party ad-supported PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program).

Removing TheBrowser from Your PC

In order to remove TheBrowser from your PC make sure you follow the step-by-step manual that is outlined below. What is more, this particular browser may create additional objects that may require advanced anti-malware scanner to be removed completely. This is why it is highly recommended to install a reputable anti-malware software that will scan and remove it automatically and detect any other threats if present as well as protect you from such in the future.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser.

    Step 2: Remove TheBrowser from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select TheBrowser and click “Remove

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

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

    Step 3: Remove TheBrowser automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove TheBrowser with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove TheBrowser with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove TheBrowser.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove TheBrowser.
    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 TheBrowser 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. Remove TheBrowser with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    2. Remove TheBrowser with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove TheBrowser. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all TheBrowser associated files automatically.
    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.
    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 detelete 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.

    3. Remove TheBrowser with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    4. Remove TheBrowser with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove TheBrowser. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all TheBrowser associated files completely.
    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.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent 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.

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to TheBrowser in the future

    4. 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 TheBrowser (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 TheBrowser.
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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 TheBrowser.

    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 TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser should be restored.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the TheBrowser threat: Manual removal of TheBrowser 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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