Do you know what BrowserSafer Search Extension is?
BrowserSafer Search Extension may appear in your browser as your new homepage and default search provider, and thus pose a threat to your virtual security. This questionable browser extension is nothing new really; yet, it is possible that it is still around and displaying possibly unreliable third-party ads and links on your screen. Even if its name suggests that it is a tool that makes your browsing and search safer, our researchers have found proof of the opposite. Although we cannot claim that it has malicious intent, this is why this extension has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP. Since it is quite possible that its presence also indicates the presence of malware infections and other PUPs on your system, we recommend that you remove BrowserSafer Search Extension right now. Please continue reading our article to learn how you can protect your PC from similar threats in the future.
Although browsersafer.com still promotes this useless PUP, somehow you cannot downloaded anymore. The download buttons are still there but there is no script initiating the download. This is quite strange, though, definitely not a unique phenomena. Instead, you can use the Chrome web store page, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/browsersafer-search/ngbhaomngilelhnemljngfjfjmbbcbhp?hl=en, to install the updated version, which seems to be quite new actually. But what are the chances that you find this page? Schemers have all kinds of ways at their disposal to infect you with different PUPs and other threats at the same time. One of such distribution methods is bundling.
Software bundling did not originally start out as a malicious method to deliver software packages. Unfortunately, though, cyber crooks saw an amazing opportunity in it and started to create their own bundles and promote them via fake and suspicious file-sharing websites like torrent and freeware sites. This is why you should never download anything from such site and stick to only reputable and official pages instead. But you can also drop infectious bundles if you click on third-party banner and pop-up ads on shady websites like porn, dating, gambling, and gaming sites. You need be careful where you land while surfing the web because it can get really dangerous when you start clicking on such content and infecting your system. Right now, all you can do is delete BrowserSafer Search Extension and use a proper malware scanner to find all other threats on board.
This browser extension sets home.browsersfr.com as your homepage and search.browsersfr.com as your default search engine. It seems though that this domain has been taken down because it does not work right now. In any case, this PUP may collect information about you and your online activities. This information can then be used to flood your screen with advertisements that may reflect your preferences and interests. This however can be used by cyber criminals to present to you corrupted links and take you to their malicious pages. If you do not want to end up on a fake online shop and share your credit card details only to lose money from your account, you should not think twice before you remove BrowserSafer Search Extension from your system.
We have included our guide below if you want to manually eliminate this annoying PUP. If somehow uninstalling it would not be enough, you can also reset your browsers to be on the safe side. However, remember that there could be other potential and malicious threats as well on your computer. If you leave them unaddressed, they can cause further system security issues for you by exposing you to malicious web content and so on. Thus, we believe that the best way to protect your computer is to install a trustworthy malware removal application, such as SpyHunter.
BrowserSafer Search Extension removal from Windows
Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Press Win+R and enter control panel. Press OK.
- Choose Uninstall a program.
- Select theuninstaller and click Uninstall.
Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Access the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel.
- Choose Uninstall a program.
- Select the uninstaller and click Uninstall.
- Press the Start button and go to Control Panel.
- Open Add or Remove Programs.
- Select the uninstaller and click Remove.
In non-techie terms:
BrowserSafer Search Extension is a relatively old browser extension that offers "safe" web search; however, our researchers have found that this useless tool may rather put your system security at risk instead. Thus, this extension has been labeled as a potentially unwanted program. It may show up as your homepage and default search provider. It seems that you cannot really install this PUP from its promotional page anymore; so, if you have it on board, chances are you installed it while installing a freeware bundle or by clicking on corrupt third-party ads while surfing the web. Since this PUP may present to you potentially unreliable third-party content, we suggest that you BrowserSafer Search Extension from your PC. If you do not trust manual removal, you can always install a reputable anti-malware program to protect your PC automatically.