Short bio

Adware.BrowserSafer is Malwarebytes’ detection name for adware from, which claims it will protect users while browsing the web but really serves up advertisements.


Adware.BrowserSafer shows the user advertisements in every conceivable form, such as pop-up windows, banners, and on-site ad replacement. It uses a proxy and a service to accomplish control over the content.

BrowserSafer proxy

BrowserSafer sets a proxy

Type and source of infection

This adware is often seen in bundlers but is also offered for download on the company’s website.

BrowserSafer website

BrowserSafer website


Malwarebytes blocks the install of Adware.BrowserSafer by using real-time protection.

block Adware.Browsersafer

Malwarebytes blocks Adware.Browsersafer


Malwarebytes can detect and remove Adware.BrowserSafer without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/20/18
Scan Time: 9:01 AM
Log File: af5ae79a-4468-11e8-aefd-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.4808
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 246055
Threats Detected: 10
Threats Quarantined: 10
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 5 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 2
PUP.Optional.SpecialSearchOffer, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\BROWSESAFER\BROWSERSAFER.EXE, Quarantined, [1679], [512255],1.0.4808
PUP.Optional.BrowserSafer, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\BROWSESAFER\BROWSERSAFERMNGR.EXE, Quarantined, [12681], [512678],1.0.4808

Module: 2
PUP.Optional.SpecialSearchOffer, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\BROWSESAFER\BROWSERSAFER.EXE, Quarantined, [1679], [512255],1.0.4808
PUP.Optional.BrowserSafer, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\BROWSESAFER\BROWSERSAFERMNGR.EXE, Quarantined, [12681], [512678],1.0.4808

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.BrowserSafer, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|BrowseSafer, Quarantined, [12681], [512678],1.0.4808

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
Adware.BrowserSafer, C:\PROGRAMDATA\BROWSERSAFER, Quarantined, [754], [432146],1.0.4808

File: 4
Adware.BrowserSafer, C:\ProgramData\BrowserSafer\Backup.dat, Quarantined, [754], [432146],1.0.4808
PUP.Optional.SpecialSearchOffer, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\BROWSESAFER\BROWSERSAFER.EXE, Quarantined, [1679], [512255],1.0.4808
PUP.Optional.BrowserSafer, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\BROWSESAFER\BROWSERSAFERMNGR.EXE, Quarantined, [12681], [512678],1.0.4808
PUP.Optional.BrowserSafer, C:\DOWNLOADS\CPPINSTALLER.EXE, Quarantined, [12681], [512676],1.0.4808

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)



You may see these entries in FRST logs:

() C:\Program Files (x86)\BrowseSafer\BrowserSafer.exe
 (InstallerTech Co.) C:\Program Files (x86)\BrowseSafer\BrowserSaferMngr.exe
 HKLM\...\Run: [BrowseSafer] => "C:\Program Files\BrowseSafer\BrowserSaferMngr.exe"
 HKLM-x32\...\Run: [BrowseSafer] => C:\Program Files (x86)\BrowseSafer\BrowserSaferMngr.exe [3008928 2018-03-09] (InstallerTech Co.)
 ProxyEnable: [.DEFAULT] => Proxy is enabled.
 ProxyServer: [.DEFAULT] => http=
 ProxyEnable: [S-1-5-21-1350903546-318028887-1286703239-1003] => Proxy is enabled.
 ProxyServer: [S-1-5-21-1350903546-318028887-1286703239-1003] => http=
 ManualProxies: 1http=
 R2 BrowserSafer; C:\Program Files (x86)\BrowseSafer\BrowserSafer.exe [4137376 2018-03-09] () [File not signed]
 C:\Program Files (x86)\BrowseSafer

BrowserSafer (HKLM-x32\...\BrowserSafer) (Version: - BrowserSafer Co ©)

Associated files and folders:




Associated threats

  • PUP.Optional.BrowserSafer
  • PUP.Optional.SpecialSearchOffer

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