Just wanted to put up a short blog post before going back to coding. This is about an adware called BrowseStudio which appears to be a variant of CrossRider that I’ve previously blogged about many many times before. If the BrowseStudio adware is installed and running on your system, you will notice new add-ons installed in Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer called “BrowseStudio 1.0.1“. It did not install into Chrome. I was also expecting to see some BrowseStudio ads, but did not. Do you see some ads on your machine? I’ll show how to remove BrowseStudio in this blog post with the FreeFixer removal tool.
So, how did Browse Studio install on your machine? It was probably bundled with some download that you installed recently. Bundling means that software is included in other software’s installers. When I first found Browse Studio, it was bundled with “Google Chrome”. This was not the official Google Chrome download, but an unofficial download which was signed by a company called Advertiso GmbH.
Generally, you can avoid bundled software such as BrowseStudio by being careful when installing software and declining the bundled offers in the installer.
As usual when I play around with some new bundled software I uploaded it to VirusTotal to see if the anti-malware progams there find something suspicious. Of the 54 anti-virus scanners, 10 detected the file. The BrowseStudio files are detected as BrowseFox.F by AVG, Trojan.BPlug.167 by DrWeb and AdWare.LinkSwift by VBA32.
Removing BrowseStudio is pretty straightforward with FreeFixer. Here’s a few screenshots that should help you along the way: A restart of your machine may be required to complete the removal.
Hope this helped you remove the BrowseStudio adware.
Any idea how BrowseStudio was installed on your machine? Please share by posting a comment. Thank you!
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