How to remove Browsing Clear (Virus Removal Guide)

Browsing Clear (BrowsingClear, Browsing Clear virus) is detected as adware and a potentially unwanted program by various Antivirus engines. It is known to infiltrate a computer system without user knowledge and inject webpages with targeted advertisements. Advertisements generated by Browsing Clear will often say “Ads by Browsing Clear” on them.

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Aside from pop-up advertisements displayed by Browsing Clear, this unwanted program is also known to make modifications to existing internet browser settings. In turn, internet users may also experience browser redirects to sponsored webpages and suspicious search engines. Browser redirects usually occur when a user opens a new browser window, opens a new browser tab, or uses the default search feature provided by the used internet browser. Browsing Clear affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari.

Browsing Clear adware generates targeted advertisements. Targeted advertisements are a privacy risk because in order to be generated data collection is necessary. Browsing Clear adware collects user browsing data to generate ‘relevant’ advertisements based off of current and past user browsing activities. Information collected by this program includes all browsing activities, information users include into website text fields, bookmarks, and history. Furthermore, Browsing Clear may be able to changes to bookmarks, apps, and themes.

This adware is often referred to as the “Browsing Clear virus” although it is not technically defined as a computer virus. Even though the Browsing Clear virus is not technically defined as a computer virus or malicious parasite, the unwanted program is still a threat or the sign of a very severe computer infection. Since Browsing Clear is known to download and install alongside third-party malware, malicious files, and additional potentially unwanted programs, including browser hijackers like Jogostempo.com, it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs and remove multiple browser objects in order to stop all unwanted activities caused by this program and others from occurring. Apart from manually eradicating the program and others that it bundles with, files may remain undetected to the average computer user. That is why the professional internet security community recommends to use a reputable anti-malware product to remove Browsing Clear and malicious files that it may bundle with.

How did Browsing Clear get on my computer?

Browsing Clear and the unwanted programs that it bundles with are usually always contracted without the consent or knowledge of the computer user. The adware is used to promote free downloadable content from a variety of locations on the web; therefor it bundles with multiple objects. Free downloadable content that this adware may bundle with includes freeware, shareware, torrents, and more.

Users who wish to consciously and manually install freeware may be given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install Browsing Clear adware and other objects alongside the freeware during the installation and setup process; However, the user request to decline the adware from installing is often ignored by the program or presented in a deceptive manner and the adware will install anyways.

This program and objects that it bundles with can also be promoted and contracted through questionable advertisements. These advertisements are usually dishonest, misleading, and can cause the program to automatically download and install once they’re clicked on.

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  • Browsing Clear can read and change all your data on the websites you visit and read and change your browsing history.
  • Browsing Clear can manage your apps, extensions, downloads, and themes.
  • Browsing Clear bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
  • Browsing Clear is usually packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as Cnet (download.com), Softonic, and others.
  • Browsing Clear injects visited webpages with pop-up and in-text advertisements.
  • Browsing Clear makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks which allow it to run every time Windows starts and check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program is disabled it will enable itself.

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How to remove Browsing Clear (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Browsing Clear extensions

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Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Browsing Clear extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the Browsing Clear add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the Browsing Clear extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall Browsing Clear from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for Browsing Clear and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove Browsing Clear virus with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. When the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Browsing Clear malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.