Adware.BrowserProtect Description

BrowserProtect Screenshot 1BrowserProtect is a Potentially Unwanted Program that usually is installed as a fraudulent version of the BrowserProtect add-on and is related to adware attacks that display advertisements through your browser. While BrowserProtect may easily be confused with the legitimate BrowserProtect add-on (which provides anti-hijacking security features), BrowserProtect actually is unrelated to that program and typically is installed without your permission. malware experts advise removing BrowserProtect from your PC as a point of maintaining your online security and recommend anti-malware tools as needed to remove all of BrowserProtect’s unnecessary system changes.

BrowserProtect: the PUP that Sneaks in Without Your Permission

BrowserProtect is a questionably-useful browser add-on that borrows the name – but not the browser-protecting functions – of a separate add-on that also is called BrowserProtect. While there may understandably be some confusion between the two, the legitimate version of BrowserProtect only is installed with your permission and provides various Web-browsing security features. Most importantly, the real version of BrowserProtect may be uninstalled at will, whereas BrowserProtect typically will resist being removed by exploiting your admin account permissions. Attempting to remove BrowserProtect without disabling BrowserProtect and all malware related to BrowserProtect generally will fail.

BrowserProtect primarily is related to in-browser advertisements, such as pop-ups and link-injected content.

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These attacks may promote potentially hazardous content or worsen your browser’s performance, and BrowserProtect ultimately does not appear to have any benefits that malware experts would rate as being worthy of keeping the program installed. However, all due care should be taken to distinguish BrowserProtect from the legitimate browser add-on that also uses the name BrowserProtect. malware experts also have seen a number of more worrying side effects related to BrowserProtect, which generally are sufficiently severe that they normally would not be caused by a Potentially Unwanted Program. Hence, BrowserProtect’s distribution methods are suspected to involve other PC threats that are responsible for enacting these attacks. The effects may include being blocked from using various programs, including the Registry Editor, Task Manager and other Windows security-oriented utilities.

Banishing the PUP You Never Wanted in the First Place

Alone, BrowserProtect is a minor danger to your PC, but, as noted earlier, BrowserProtect usually will be accompanied by other types of PC threats that are more dangerous than itself. Given BrowserProtect’s history of resisting deletion, malware researchers recommend booting in Safe Mode to disable basic malware and using anti-malware software as required to remove BrowserProtect and the Trojans that may be associated with BrowserProtect.

BrowserProtect has been found to be compatible with at least Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Switching browsers, updating your browser or using your browser’s normal add-on managers should not be considered alternatives to disinfecting your PC with appropriate anti-malware tools, as should be done as soon as BrowserProtect is detected.

Adware.BrowserProtect Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)

Is your PC infected with Adware.BrowserProtect? To safely & quickly detect Adware.BrowserProtect we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\BrowserProtect 141
    2 %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Browser Protect 141
    3 %COMMONPROGRAMFILES(x86)%\BrowserProtect 137
    4 %PROGRAMFILES%\Browser Protect 137
    5 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Browser Protect 134
    6 %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Browser Protect 131
    7 %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Browser Protect 128
    8 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Browser Protect 125

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}SOFTWARE\Browser ProtectSOFTWARE\BrowserProtectSoftware\Proxy\installations\Browser ProtectSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Browser ProtectSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\BrowserProtect
  • The following CLSID's were detected:
    HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path} {ACB80168-4368-49B4-8509-538445F4C391}{8895BD83-6818-429F-A43D-B52C8EA427C7}{5BD10F8C-03AB-4295-ADDD-FE9E0C4963EF}{DE20D457-A861-447F-B689-D07FB7FB397B}{ACAD016E-438C-4950-BEBF-1484FDF48291}{38E7331D-8350-4ECF-8498-4C53E81DEAB0}
Posted: June 6, 2013 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 2/10
Detection Count: 564
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