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Remove VitalBrowserHelper Completely from Your PC

NameVitalBrowserHelper
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionAdministers intrusive advertisements
SymptomsSlow PC; Background process in Windows Task Manager; Advertisements
Distribution MethodBundling or by clicking on an ad
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By VitalBrowserHelper

vitalbrowserhelper-adsUsers have reported seeing advertised content brought by a potentially unwanted program(PUP) on their computers, called VitalBrowserHelper. There are several ways to install this unwanted program, and after it is situated on the computer, it cooperates with third-party sites to display advertised content. The program itself is harmless. However, its publishers have explicitly mentioned that they hold no responsibility if any harm may come to the user’s PC via third-party advertising. They also suggested that third-party sites may employ various tracking technologies in order to display targeted advertisements and all of these plus its detection as a PUP by a particular anti-malware software point out to the recommendation of its removal.

VitalBrowserHelper – How Did I Get It?

There are several different methods for installing this application. It is available via a direct download from its site by clicking on an ad or bundled downloads. Bundling is a very common marketing strategy because it is very effective. Most third-party sites that offer various free programs, widely used worldwide may bundle other applications on demand. The downside of this is that some third party sites disregard any what so ever warnings regarding whether or not those programs are harmful or not. And most antivirus only detects directly malicious threats to the PC, not programs that are ad-supported and directly harmless.

More About VitalBrowserHelper

VitalBrowserHelper is advertised as a helpful software that will in a way improve user experience by displaying relevant content based on user preferences. The app developers, claim in its website VitalBrowserHelper.com that this program will show the best possible deals regarding what it is they are looking for on the web and hence save them money. This may be true, some relevant results may be displayed. But what users are not aware of is that the software may also display advertisements from third-party websites that may either be a scamming ones or infect user PCs with different malware. Given that into consideration, here is VitalBrowserHelper’s policy, regarding tracking technologies and third-party sites collecting user data:

vitalbrowserhelper-advertisers-cookies-virus

As seen the program disclaims any liability in case a related problem occurs, however, it does not take any responsibility when third-parties are involved. This means that the user may become a victim of:

  • A malicious site that infects his PC with trojans, viruses, worms, clickers, downloaders, spam viruses for social networks and others.
  • A scam involving a scareware message saying his PC is infected with a virus and asking to call a fake tech support number that eventually asks for huge fees to fix the issue.
  • A fraud involving fraudulent retail stores that have no actual inventory and only drop ship the product (buy it from another vendor cheaper) or do not send any products and just collect financial data upon online purchasing.

vitalbrowserhelper-exe

Once run on your desktop, the program situates an active executable process in the Windows Task Manager. It may be the one administering ads, and the is a likelihood that it may send out different user information to foreign domains with the purpose of identifying user interests and displaying ads based on those. The user may not immediately but eventually start seeing advertisements. Those could be in various forms:

  • Highlighted texts on the sites he/she visits.
  • Intrusive Pop-up ads timed to pop-up at the exact moment and location before a user click. Those are specially designed for fast-clickers.
  • Site banners – the app may take over banner spaces on various places the user often visits.

vitalbrowserhelper-detected

What is more, when a scan has been run, the application was detected by an advanced anti-malware scanner as a potentially harmful adware program that may be indirectly dangerous to the user PC and there were several different files and settings modified by it. What is more, the app is advertised as a browser add-on. However, no browser add-ons associated with it were detected in any of the following browsers:

→Google Chrome
Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Opera

Removing VitalBrowserHelper from Your Computer

In case you have decided to delete this application manually from your computer, you should make sure you follow the instructions for manual removal below. However, since the app may leave some settings or objects still on the user PC after manual removal, it is highly advisable to be rid of it, using an advanced anti-malware program. It will automatically rid you of any associated objects from your computer and protect it from any intrusions that the adware may have already caused on your PC.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall VitalBrowserHelper 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).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • 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).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall VitalBrowserHelper.

    Step 2: Remove VitalBrowserHelper 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

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select VitalBrowserHelper and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After VitalBrowserHelper 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

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate VitalBrowserHelper and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After VitalBrowserHelper 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’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • 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’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select VitalBrowserHelper 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After VitalBrowserHelper 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.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on VitalBrowserHelper
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

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

    Step 3: Remove VitalBrowserHelper 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 VitalBrowserHelper associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the VitalBrowserHelper threat: Manual removal of VitalBrowserHelper 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.

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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