What is the Torch Browser virus (malware)?
Torch malware, also referred to as the Torch Browser virus or Torch virus (though not technically a computer virus or definite malware) is essentially considered an invasive browser hijacker or application that can be used as a standalone alternative internet browser similar to Google Chrome and supports such practices as torrenting and online deal surfing. Torch Browser claims to be a legitimate and safe internet browser that contains no spyware, but that’s not particularly the case, as Torch Browser and associated third-parties practice unethical marketing techniques that may invade the privacy and safety of its users. Torch distributors often bundle the item with third-party malware in efforts to monetize the free product including spyware used to collect sensitive data, adware used to display irrelevant and sometimes harmful advertisements, and additional browser hijackers used to alter ‘other’ internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer causing unwanted browser redirects and startups.
Victims infected with the Torch virus affected without consent or knowledge likely notice unwanted browser redirections to third-party websites and search engines such as Conduit, or may even notice that their current internet browser interface has changed. As previously mentioned (and pictured above) Torch Browser appears eerily similar to Google Chrome with a few minor exceptions including a Torch Toolbar or menu bar and some users may suspect that they are continuing to use their legitimate Google Chrome browser. It can be noted that Torch malware uses confusing tactics to target and trick unsuspecting internet users into using their products in efforts to generate revenue off the misfortunes and/or disarray of unsuspecting internet users (in some cases defined as entrapment).
Is Torch Browser safe (Torchbrowser.com review)?
Many security vendors claim Torch Browser distributed by torchbrowser.com and other online outlets is not safe regarding suspicious cyber activity, the invasion of privacy, and primary relationship with third-party malware platforms including adware, hijackers, and spyware. It should be noted that some advertisements displayed in association with the Torch hijacker may include links to unethical software including scareware used to scare victims into purchasing unnecessary computer security related products, as well as links to other forms of potential malware.
Some users also report that Torch Browser is a useful and legitimate internet browser. The opinion of Torch Browser being safe is solely left to the user; however we do not recommend it given all the reports of bad user experiences and unethical behavior.
Many Torch Browser users have reported a large amount of email spam, telemarketing phone calls, junk mail, and even phishing attacks via telephone. Reports may indicate that Torch Browser and associated parties may include users to marketing lists without consent or knowledge and may harvest internet activity and computing data, including social media activity and information submitted manually into online forms such as passwords, credit card numbers, and home addresses.
Torch Browser, is not be mistaken for the legitimate and exceptionally safe Tor ‘Project’ Browser: https://www.torproject.org/
How does Torch Browser malware infect a computer?
Victims often notice Torch Browser or Torch add-ons and extensions such as Torch Music installed onto their computers without consent. if this is the case, it is likely that Torch Browser bundled with previous downloads including freeware, shareware, codecs, and torrents. Torch Browser primarily bundles with media related software including video converters and P2P clients, as well as third-party browser add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and Toolbars.
Torch Browser can also be manually and voluntarily installed from a variety of locations on the web such as torchbrowser.com and download.com, though Torch Browser may not be entirely clear about their terms of service which may include unethical and unwanted practices, such as installations of third-part software and the collection of sensitive data, often entrapping victims to terms they would not likely agree with.
How to remove Torch Browser malware
- Automatically remove Torch Browser malware – Scan for and automatically remove Torch Browser and third-party malware
- Manually remove Torch Browser malware – Remove and Uninstall Torch Browser and third-party malware
1. Automatic Torch Browser removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Torch Browser and third-party malware.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings and uninstall Torch Browser malware if Torch is difficult to manually remove.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
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.
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.
4. To automatically uninstall Torch Browser, related software, and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Torch Browser software, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the programs as selected.
2. Manual Torch Browser removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Torch Browser and third-party software using generic Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Torch Browser malware
Torch malware, referred to as the Torch virus may include complex uninstall procedures, please follow the instructions in the video and text below to completely uninstall Torch and all of it’s components.
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Torch Browser (Torch) and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
4. Uninstalling Torch will prompt a notification that says “Are you sure you want to uninstall Torch?” – click the Uninstall button.
How to remove Torch add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Torch add-ons, extensions, plugins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party software and titles.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the Torch extension such as Torch music or Torch Toolbar and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Torch add-on such as Torch Music or Torch Toolbar and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Torch add-on such as Torch music or Torch Toolbar and remove it if located.