SwiftBrowse is a legit application developed by Super Web LLC, classified as a PUP (potentially unwanted program). The plugin can get installed on the user’s web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) together with other free of charge software downloaded online. SwiftBrowse is promoted as a useful tool that enhances the user’s browsing experience by adding multi-site search options and displaying website ratings. However, many PC users refer to the application as a virus because of its stealth installation method. Although SwiftBrowse is not malicious, the browser plugin may inject annoying advertisements in the web pages the user visits and cause privacy-related issues. These disadvantages of the otherwise legitimate application are the reason experts recommend the removal of SwiftBrowse from the affected machine.
How Is SwiftBrowse Distributed?
The SwiftBrowse plugin is usually added to the user’s browser bundled with other shareware and freeware applications, like PDF creators, media players, etc. Unwanted programs often infiltrate the user’s system unnoticed because they are not adequately disclosed in the installation process. In order to be aware of the programs that enter your PC along with the software you intend to install, you need to select the Advanced options and opt-out of any apps, plugins and add-ons you do not want on your machine.
How Does SwiftBrowse Affect Your PC?
Once installed, SwiftBrowse starts displaying numerous deals, coupons and offers in the web pages viewed by the user. The promoted third party ads may link the user to compromised websites and expose the affected system to security risks. The application itself assumes zero responsibility for the content of the sites you land on after you have clicked on one of the may pop-ups it shows.
SwiftBrowse can cause unpermitted browser settings modifications and assign your homepage, search engine and new tab page to predetermined websites. This way the user can be presented with unverified and manipulated search results, filled with sponsored links and ads.
To deliver adequate advertising content, SwiftBrowse is most likely to track your IP address, browsing sessions and search entries. The application may also share this information with third parties for marketing purposes.
SwiftBrowse is similar to many other adware applications developed by Super Web LLC. The company is known to release rogue browser add-ons under a variety of names so they wouldn’t be detected by AV tools.
Security companies detect SwiftBrowse as:
- Adware.SwiftBrowse.CZ (B) – Emsisoft
- Suspicious_GEN.F47V1124 – TrendMicro-HouseCall
- Adware.SwiftBrowse.CZ – MicroWorld-eScan
- Application.Win32.RiskWare.NetFilter.D – Comodo
- WS.Reputation.1 – Symantec
- Tool.NetFilter.1 – DrWeb
- TrojanDownloader.Adload.way – Jiangmin
How to Remove SwiftBrowse from Your Computer?
Malware experts recommend removing SwiftBrowse manually or with a legitimate anti-spyware program. To do so, just follow the steps in the removal manual below.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove SwiftBrowse from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SwiftBrowse from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SwiftBrowse from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SwiftBrowse from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SwiftBrowse from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SwiftBrowse from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SwiftBrowse from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SwiftBrowse from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SwiftBrowse
Step 2: Uninstall SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SwiftBrowse from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as SwiftBrowse, 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 SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse 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 SwiftBrowse will be removed.
Eliminate SwiftBrowse 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.