Browser Defender.exe virus removal. How to get rid manually

Browser Defender virus can be categorized as the most annoying and troublesome applications designed for Mozilla firefox, Google chrome or Internet explorer type browsers. Although, the Browser Defender.exe appears to be a harmless program and it claims to defend your browser from harmful viruses and spywares, but in reality, the Browser Defender is itself a big threat for your system. Once installed, it will hijack your Internet by changing default configuration settings, it may reroute your websearch to suspicious websites. The BrowserDefender will affect your computer performance by reducing its speed, it will cause excessive CPU usage and system resources. Furthermore, the it frequently crashes and system becomes unable to respond to Browser Defender, in this case, you will be seeing an error that says “Browser Defender.exe has stopped working”. Anyhow, for your safety and to keep your computer running with a good speed, its recommended to uninstall Browser Defender virus.

Disadvantages and risks of having Browser Defender:

  • It may change & corrupt default settings of browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer
  • Changes home page and displays unwanted pop-ups advertisements
  • Causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites, hijacks search engine settings and leads to unexpected webpages
  • Keeps record of browsing activities and interests
  • Collects Personal user information which may include sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts
  • It may bring further infections are direct the user to infectious sites
  • Makes the browser run slow, uses a big part of system resources


Want to get rid of Browser Hijack Browser Defender?:
To manually remove Browser Defender, follow the instructions.

First of all, Uninstall the program. (Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel).
“Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now Locate and open “Add or Remove Programs” or “PROGRAMS AND FEATURES”. Find “Browser Defender”. Now click Uninstall/Remove.

Now remove the program from Browser.

Internet Explorer users:
Click “Tools” (if on Internet Explorer 9, click gear icon), Then “Manage Add-ons”. Look for Browser Defender. Disable if found any.

Block Browser Defender pop-ups
To stop pop-ups from malware,
Click on TOOLS > POP-UP BLOCKER, then click TURN ON POP-UP BLOCKER. and then go to POP-UP BLOCKER SETTINGS. (Type any website you wish to block popups from)
disable-extension-plugin-toolbar-internet-explorer

Firefox users:
Go to “Tools” (at the top), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable “Browser Defender”
disable-extension-plugin-firefox

Chrome Users:
Click “Tools/Settings” (Wrench incon), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable any file associate with malware.
disable-plugin-extension-google-chrome

Still Spyware Browser Defender lurking in the system? Remove manually

Stop processes of this malware:
Open Task Manager to stop processes.

Remove associated registry settings:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions,
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0

Delete Browser Defender infected files:
%Profile%\Local Settings\Temp\
%ProgramFiles%\
%UserProfile%\

System restore:
Have you tried methods above but still malware not removed? Then try Restoring your computer to an earlier state.
Click Start menu > All Programs > System Tools > System Restore
or
Start menu > Backup and Recover > Recover System

Browser Defender.exe virus removal tool


Alternatively, you are advised to use the removal tool below to get rid of this malware infection.
Malware Bytes antimalware

Hitman Pro


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