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Monday, January 26, 2015

How to Remove BrowseStudio Malware (Uninstall Guide)

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BrowseStudio is a troublesome piece of malware that will display ads on your computer. Multiple anti-virus engines have detected malware in files installed by this program. It's mostly detected as an adware program but some anti-virus engines may flag it as a potentially unwanted program or even a generic Trojan. However, most user simply call it a virus or malware which of course ins't correct from a technical point of few but since it's clearly unwanted and troublesome we could agree that it's malware. It's obvious that there are so many things that we have to be aware of when we're working, gaming, shopping or browsing online that it can be hard to know what the difference is between the myriad of risks that are lurking in the dark corners of the Internet waiting to do us harm. Some cyber criminals want to steal your bank account details or your identity, some hackers are looking for personal information, and some malicious programmers have created software that does nothing more than corrupt your data and delete your files – just because they can. Take BrowseStudio as an example, this whilst being a form of marketing and therefore not seen as such a threat as some of the other types of malware, can still have a negative effect. And that's why you shouldn't dismiss adware simply as spyware's kid brother.

The difference between adware and spyware

As covered above briefly, BrowseStudio adware is a type of online marketing. In a nutshell it is advertising that, more often than not, has been customized to show you ads by BrowseStudio that will interest you. How does adware – or more precisely, the creators of adware – know what sort of adverts have a higher likelihood of you clicking on them and visiting their website? Well, that's where spyware comes in to the equation. Once infected, you will notice two processes running on your computer: updateBrowseStudio.exe and utilBrowseStudio.exe. You can tell already that these are related to the adware. The first one is responsible for updates. It constantly checks for updates and downloads them if available. It ca install additional modules as well. The second file, may use different things including gathering information about your browsing habits. So, not only these processes use your system resource they are potentially dangerous as well.

Adware and spyware do have certain characteristics in common, namely the ability to monitor which websites you are visiting, and which products or services you are looking at once you are on a particular site. Technically speaking, BrowseStudio is not as harmful or malicious as spyware, but regardless, it is still something that you should avoid where possible.

How does BrowseStudio monitor my Internet usage?

Firstly, to avoid installing BrowseStudio on your computer, it is useful to know how it gets on to your system in the first place. It is installed when you download another program. It is secretly bundled in with this program and will install itself onto your hard drive at the same time as the main installation. But that's not all, for the adware will also install a type of tracking component as well. And it is this which is able to capture data concerning the sites that you are visiting and the content that you are looking at once you are there. This data is then relayed back to the adware developer who uses the knowledge to display adverts that you are likely to be interested in on your PC's screen.

The conclusion

As seen above, BrowseStudio could be considered a type of spyware, thanks to its web monitoring function, but thankfully it doesn't take invasive techniques to a whole new level by recording which keys you type, and some key loggers take screenshots too.

To remove BrowseStudio and stop annoying ads, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

BrowseStudio Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove BrowseStudio related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • BrowseStudio
  • GoSave
  • deals4me
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove BrowseStudio related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove BrowseStudio, GoSave, deals4me, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

Remove BrowseStudio related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove BrowseStudio, GoSave, deals4me, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove BrowseStudio related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.