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.
|Short Description||The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.|
|Symptoms||The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.|
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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.
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall TheBrowser.
Step 2: Remove TheBrowser from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select TheBrowser and click “Remove”
After TheBrowser is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
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’.
After TheBrowser 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 TheBrowser
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall TheBrowser. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the TheBrowser will be removed.