The Adware.BrowserModule is just one of the many applications of the so-called ‘adware’ (also known ‘ad-supported’ software) type. It is created to fill the browser’s constant stream of ads, or redirect the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge to not expected and intrusive advertising web-pages. The Adware.BrowserModule is developed in order to show third-party advertisements to the user without asking his permission. The adware takes control of installed internet browsers and redirects them to undesired web pages every time you browse the Net.
Technically, the Adware.BrowserModule software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates lots of pop-up advertisements. It may download and install on to your machine other malicious and unwanted applications without your permission, force you to visit misleading or harmful web sites. Moreover, the Adware.BrowserModule can install web browser hijacker. Once installed, it’ll replace your internet browser setting like start page, newtab and search provider with an annoying web-site.
The Adware.BrowserModule usually hijacks only the Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and MS Edge by modifying the browser’s settings or installing a malicious extensions. Moreover, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The ‘ad supported’ software will perform a scan of the PC system for web-browser shortcut files and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it will add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you open the browser, you will see an annoying web site.
The guidance below explaining steps to get rid of Adware.BrowserModule adware problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the ad supported software that may attack Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other popular internet browsers. The guide will allow you remove adware and thus clean your web-browser from all undesired ads.
Remove Adware.BrowserModule (removal steps)
There are a few methods that can be used to remove Adware.BrowserModule. But, not all PUPs like this adware can be completely removed utilizing only manual solutions. Most commonly you’re not able to remove any adware using standard MS Windows options. In order to get rid of Adware.BrowserModule adware you need complete a few manual steps and run reliable removal utilities. Most IT security specialists states that Zemana Free, MalwareBytes Free or AdwCleaner utilities are a right choice. These free programs are able to find out and remove Adware.BrowserModule adware from your personal computer and revert back your web-browser settings to defaults.
To remove Adware.BrowserModule, perform the following steps:
- How to remove Adware.BrowserModule adware without any software
- Uninstalling the Adware.BrowserModule, check the list of installed apps first
- Clean up the browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by adware
- Remove Adware.BrowserModule adware from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Delete Adware.BrowserModule from FF by resetting web-browser settings
- Remove Adware.BrowserModule ad-supported software from Chrome
- Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- Scan your PC and remove Adware.BrowserModule adware with free utilities
- How to stay safe online
- How to avoid install of Adware.BrowserModule
- Finish words
How to remove Adware.BrowserModule adware without any software
If you perform exactly the guidance below you should be able to get rid of the Adware.BrowserModule adware from the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web-browsers.
Uninstalling the Adware.BrowserModule, check the list of installed apps first
The best way to begin the computer cleanup is to uninstall unknown and dubious software. Using the Microsoft Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded applications can clean up the Internet Explorer, MS Edge, FF and Google Chrome from popups, hijackers and so on.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) as on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and delete all suspicious and unknown software. We recommend to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. Once you have found anything questionable that may be the Adware.BrowserModule that causes internet browsers to show annoying pop up advertisements or other PUP (potentially unwanted program), then select this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the questionable program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully remove it from your PC system.
Clean up the browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by adware
Once installed, the Adware.BrowserModule that causes a ton of annoying popup ads, may add an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Due to this, every time you open the internet browser, it’ll open an annoying ad web-site.
To clear the internet browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text like “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcut files of all your web-browsers, as they may be hijacked too.
Remove Adware.BrowserModule adware from Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer browser settings like search provider by default, new tab page and startpage having been modified by Adware.BrowserModule that redirects your browser to intrusive ad web-sites, then you may restore your settings, via the reset web-browser procedure.
First, launch the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as displayed below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as displayed on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your personal computer for the changes to take effect.
Delete Adware.BrowserModule from FF by resetting web-browser settings
If the Firefox web-browser application is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Mozilla Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring FF settings like new tab page, search engine and home page to its default state. It will save your personal information like saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as displayed in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the figure below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your Firefox internet browser settings to its original state.
Remove Adware.BrowserModule ad-supported software from Chrome
Run the Reset browser tool of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings like new tab page, startpage and search provider by default to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of internet browser redirects to intrusive ad web-sites.
- First, launch the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the Adware.BrowserModule can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you boot your computer, it will show an intrusive web site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all harmful tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ application.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This opens a prompt that titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed in the following example.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your machine. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the unwanted apps, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to delete, then press on it with the right mouse button and choose Delete as displayed on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the Adware.BrowserModule adware. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Scan your PC and remove Adware.BrowserModule adware with free utilities
In order to completely delete Adware.BrowserModule, you not only need to remove ad supported software from your PC, but also get rid of all its components in your machine including Windows registry entries. We recommend to download and use free removal tools to automatically clean your computer of Adware.BrowserModule that causes multiple undesired ads and pop ups.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of Adware.BrowserModule
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You may download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for and remove Adware.BrowserModule ‘ad supported’ software from the Internet Explorer, MS Edge, Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically check and detect all threats exist on your machine.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of Zemana Free for Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Once downloading is finished, start it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana Anti-Malware will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, click the “Scan” button to begin checking your PC system for the Adware.BrowserModule which cause unwanted pop up ads to appear.
A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your machine. While the Zemana Anti Malware is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will remove Adware.BrowserModule and add its components to the Quarantine.
Scan and free your computer of adware with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to search for ‘ad supported’ software and thereby remove Adware.BrowserModule adware from your web browsers. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically check and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Download MalwareBytes on your computer by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
Once downloading is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes Anti Malware will try to update itself and when this task is done, click the “Scan Now” button to start checking your PC for the Adware.BrowserModule that cause intrusive ads to appear. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your computer. While the MalwareBytes Free is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malware. Review the report and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Anti Malware is a free application that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal utility, we suggest you to read and follow the guidance or the video guide below.
Scan and clean your computer of adware with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility which can check your computer for a wide range of security threats such as malware, adwares, PUPs as well as Adware.BrowserModule ‘ad supported’ software which created to reroute your browser to various ad web-pages. It will perform a deep scan of your PC including hard drives and Microsoft Windows registry. After a malicious software is detected, it will help you to remove all detected threats from your PC by a simple click.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: November 17, 2018
After downloading is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. After the tool is launched, you will see a screen like below.
Further, click “Scan” button .AdwCleaner program will scan through the whole PC for the Adware.BrowserModule ‘ad supported’ software that causes web browsers to open undesired popup advertisements. This task can take some time, so please be patient. Once the scan get finished, AdwCleaner will show a list of detected items as shown in the figure below.
Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt as displayed on the image below.
You need to click “OK”. When the task is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. When your machine is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted ads and harmful web sites, you need to use adblocker program that stops an access to malicious advertisements and sites. Moreover, the program can block the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
- Once downloading is done, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block popup advertisements, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon called AdGuard, which can be found on your desktop.
How to avoid install of Adware.BrowserModule
These days some free applications makers bundle additional applications which could be PUPs like the Adware.BrowserModule ad-supported software, with a view to making some money. These are not free software as install an unwanted applications on to your MS Windows personal computer. So whenever you install a new free program that downloaded from the Internet, be very careful during install. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), select custom or manual setup method, uncheck all third-party applications.
Now your system should be clean of the Adware.BrowserModule that causes tons of intrusive pop-up ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana Free (to periodically scan your computer for new adwares and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you stop annoying pop ups and malicious web pages). Moreover, to prevent adwares, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to find out PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Adware.BrowserModule related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.