The BrowserSeek is a malicious adware that comes under the category of a browser hijacker. This is distributed as the freeware, and also distributed along with any other malware such as All Search, Tube Toolbar, etc. It has the ability to steal your personal financial information which is then used for online scams. The BrowserSeek launched and introduced itself as a legitimate search engine, but in reality, it is nothing more than an adware and browser hijacker that is used to run pop-up ads on the screen of your computer. Whenever you try to search anything with this fake search engine, it will take you towards certain malicious websites where you are encouraged to buy third party products. It has the ability to create dynamic registry entries as well as system files due to which every time you start your window, this adware runs automatically in the background.

Manual Removal of BrowserSeek

For advanced level users, and I.T professionals, the manual removal steps of BrowserSeek are not as difficult as it is for the novice users. Following are the steps that you need to practice in order to get rid of the BrowserSeek.

Reboot the Computer in Safe Mode

Rebooting your computer in the safe mode is extremely important to proceed for the deleting the files, and removing the malicious registry entries. In this regard, you have to restart the computer and use the F8 key to see the boot menu option screen from where you have to select the safe mode.

End the Associated Processes

After restarting the computer in safe mode, you have to get rid of the associated processes by opening the windows task manager through Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. In the task manager you have to click on the Processes option and find as well as end the following associated processes.

  • browserseek.exe
  • browserseek170.ex
  • browserseek.dll

Delete Associated Files

After getting rid of the related processes, it is time to delete the files that are associated with this adware. Following are the files that you need to find and delete:-

  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbardtx.ini
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbaruninstallIE.dat
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbaruninstallStatIE.dat
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbarcouponsmerchants2.xml
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbarcouponsmerchants.xml
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbarstats.dat
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbarstat.log
  • %Temp%BrowserSeektoolbar-manifest.xml
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbarcouponscategories.xml
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbarlog.txt
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbarpreferences.dat
  • %AppData%BrowserSeektoolbarversion.xm

Remove Registry Entries

In the end you have to get rid of the registry entries that are created by this malicious application. In this regard you have to click on the Start menu, select Run, and type RegEdit in the box to start the registry editor. In the registry editor you can view all the registry entries, and you have to find the following entries and remove them quickly:-

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerToolbar “BrowserSeek Toolbar”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesBrowserSeekIEHelper.DNSGuardCLSID
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7} “BrowserSeek Toolbar”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesBrowserSeekIEHelper.DNSGuardCurVer
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesBrowserSeekIEHelper.DNSGuard.1
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7}InprocServer32 “C:PROGRA~1WINDOW~4ToolBarBrowserSeekdtx.dll”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115}ProgID “BrowserSeekIEHelper.UrlHelper.1″
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115} “UrlHelper Class”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesBrowserSeekIEHelper.DNSGuard
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{99079a25-328f-4bd4-be04-00955acaa0a7}”BrowserSeek BrowserSeek Toolbar”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesCLSID{A40DC6C5-79D0-4ca8-A185-8FF989AF1115}VersionIndependentProgID “BrowserSeekIEHelper.UrlHelper”

Once you are done with these entries, you have to close the registry editor, and restart the computer to see the effect of changes you have just made.

How to Remove BrowserSeek?
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