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Posted: December 2, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 10,403
Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 1,780
First Seen: December 2, 2013
Last Seen: September 9, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Browsebit is a browser add-on that modifies your browser for loading new advertising content, such as pop-ups or injected banners. Currently estimated to be from the same family as other Superweb LLC adware, Browsebit is installed through multiple-program bundles that may try to market Browsebit as a beneficial product. However, like most types of adware malware researchers come across, Browsebit has shown no signs of providing positive functions, and its advertisements do constitute a security and performance problem that never should be ignored. Accordingly, Browsebit's removal should be considered the best possible responsible reaction to seeing 'Ads by Browsebit' or other Browsebit symptoms troubling your Web browser, no matter what you were trying to install in the first place.

Just a Bit of the Problem with Browsebit

Browsebit uses the non-consensual traffic from its browser changes to provide click-thrus for third party advertising affiliates, and, as such, is essentially the Internet equivalent of an infomercial channel. Without any notable features associated with non-advertising functions, Browsebit doesn't give you much of any reason to keep Browsebit installed, but that installation in the first place may very well occur automatically. Browsebit and most other adware programs of its ilk tend to use bundled methods of installation, which malware researchers have seen attached to the installers of many programs, both reputable and disreputable – and even, in particularly dishonest cases, modified updates for products like Chrome or Flash.

Although its business model is unsavory, Browsebit's actual browser changes are completely in line with the typical functions of other adware and other Potentially Unwanted Programs that usually are structured as browser plugins, extensions or add-ons. Some of the symptoms of a Browsebit problem that malware researchers consider notable are:

  • Automatic pop-up and pop-under advertising windows (or tabs, for browsers that support that feature).
  • Modifications to preexisting Web pages to force them to load new banners, hyperlinks or other advertisement-based content.
  • Problems with using site interfaces or accessing Web content that may be partially or wholly blocked by Browsebit's modifications.

Browsebit also may monitor your online browsing history, although no highly confidential information may be gathered. Instead, Browsebit uses information such as what search terms you use to organize its choices of advertisements or the sites you stopover.

Taking the Leading Browsebit out of the Jaws of Your Browser

As a generic adware program that doesn't have normal product features or normal installation methods, Browsebit isn't particularly different from other brands of adware already out on the 'market,' such as Illoxum, Bizzybolt, BrowseSmart, Storimbo and WonderBrowse. However, the fact that Browsebit and other adware programs are continually being released and re-released does make it more obvious than usual that updating your security software is very necessary for catching bundled installers for such adware before their traps can be sprung.

Using specialized anti-adware utilities for deleting Browsebit also is suggested as a rule of thumb. However, if Browsebit is installed through a source you can't identify (as opposed to a bundle with another recently-installed product), your PC may be infected with any of several other threats known to include adware in their payloads. In that case, using general anti-malware tools to disinfect your PC of any potential threats is even more important than removing Browsebit immediately.

Adware programs, it should be noted, may not intend to attack your online safety, but often do so incidentally. Phishing attacks and drive-by-download attacks often are distributed via adware-based advertisements, and malware experts consider the elimination of unintentional exposure to unsafe content to be one of the basic foundations of your computer's security.

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The following directories were created:
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