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What is browse pulse?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that browse pulse is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is affected by browse pulse?

You may see this entry in your list of installed software:

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and this warning during install:

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and these browser extensions/add-ons:

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How did browse pulse get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove browse pulse?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of browse pulse?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes browse pulse completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the browse pulse hijacker. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:

O2 - BHO: browse pulse - {6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306} - C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions\6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306.dll
Possible signs in a FRST log:

 BHO: browse pulse -> {6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306} -> C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions\6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306.dll [2015-03-26] () FF Extension: No Name - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6qeoodjs.default-1401006518835\extensions\74979c91-c812-44d6-90e1-1ff0491351e5@e3e0c78c-dd15-4ac4-b6a0-08cad184bd23.com [Not Found] FF Extension: browse pulse - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6qeoodjs.default-1401006518835\Extensions\firefox@www.browsepulse.net.xpi [2015-03-27] () C:\Program Files\browse pulse
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details  ---------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\browse pulse       Adds the file 7za.exe"="3/25/2015 12:08 AM, 536064 bytes, A       Adds the file Uninstaller.exe"="3/27/2015 4:36 AM, 311592 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions       Adds the file 6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306.dll"="3/26/2015 4:50 AM, 145648 bytes, A       Adds the file firefox@www.browsepulse.net.xpi"="3/26/2015 5:25 AM, 6410 bytes, A    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6qeoodjs.default-1401006518835\extensions       Adds the file firefox@www.browsepulse.net.xpi"="3/26/2015 5:25 AM, 6410 bytes, ARegistry details  ------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\browsepulse]       "cg"="REG_SZ", "4f84bd7f-a9d0-40db-9100-4280a339b1ae"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "browse pulse"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306}\InprocServer32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions\6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306.dll"       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306}\Programmable]    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{df7cb9f3-db15-483d-be1f-13d1ec0c3fb0}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306}\Version]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{B853E835-9F24-4F4B-B55C-E554D15CCCD2}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1"       "sg"="REG_SZ", "61B88C51-91FE-4388-BC8C-8FBFC9557676"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{E104B9E4-01BA-4AAF-9957-6A525CC5451A}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "B1DC86A6-818A-40DE-B5AD-5C945840E454"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{F83D1872-D9FF-47F8-B5A0-49CC51E24EE8}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "4f84bd7f-a9d0-40db-9100-4280a339b1ae"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{7292DF65-697D-402E-9AD8-F62E158F0467}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IbrowsepulseBHO"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{7292DF65-697D-402E-9AD8-F62E158F0467}\ProxyStubClsid]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{7292DF65-697D-402E-9AD8-F62E158F0467}\ProxyStubClsid32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{7292DF65-697D-402E-9AD8-F62E158F0467}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{DF7CB9F3-DB15-483D-BE1F-13D1EC0C3FB0}"       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DF7CB9F3-DB15-483D-BE1F-13D1EC0C3FB0}\1.0]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "browsepulseIEClientLib"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DF7CB9F3-DB15-483D-BE1F-13D1EC0C3FB0}\1.0\0\win32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions\6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306.dll"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DF7CB9F3-DB15-483D-BE1F-13D1EC0C3FB0}\1.0\FLAGS]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DF7CB9F3-DB15-483D-BE1F-13D1EC0C3FB0}\1.0\HELPDIR]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "browse pulse"       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\browse pulse]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\browse pulse\uninstaller.exe""       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "browse pulse"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.0.5563.37087"       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 976       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "mailto:support@browsepulse.net"       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20150327"       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\browse pulse"       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "browse pulse"       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\browse pulse\uninstaller.exe""       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\browse pulse\uninstaller.exe""       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.browsepulse.net/support"       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", "http://www.browsepulse.net"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 3/27/2015Scan Time: 11:49:10 AMLogfile: mbamBrowsePulse.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: 2.01.0.1004Malware Database: v2015.03.27.04Rootkit Database: v2015.03.26.01License: FreeMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: DisabledSelf-protection: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x86File System: NTFSUser: MalwarebytesScan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 297967Time Elapsed: 4 min, 19 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 0(No malicious items detected)Modules: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys: 9PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306}, Quarantined, [afd10149cbbf9f97fe6d7cb6ae58ea16], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{df7cb9f3-db15-483d-be1f-13d1ec0c3fb0}, Quarantined, [afd10149cbbf9f97fe6d7cb6ae58ea16], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{7292DF65-697D-402E-9AD8-F62E158F0467}, Quarantined, [afd10149cbbf9f97fe6d7cb6ae58ea16], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{6DB6DE7F-F4A2-4479-902D-9E7B7AD55306}, Quarantined, [afd10149cbbf9f97fe6d7cb6ae58ea16], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{6DB6DE7F-F4A2-4479-902D-9E7B7AD55306}, Quarantined, [afd10149cbbf9f97fe6d7cb6ae58ea16], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{6DB6DE7F-F4A2-4479-902D-9E7B7AD55306}, Quarantined, [afd10149cbbf9f97fe6d7cb6ae58ea16], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{6DB6DE7F-F4A2-4479-902D-9E7B7AD55306}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [afd10149cbbf9f97fe6d7cb6ae58ea16], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\browse pulse, Quarantined, [3f4184c659312c0ac2a90032e81e827e], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\browsepulse, Quarantined, [a9d72723e7a349edc5239221f3107d83], Registry Values: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 3PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Program Files\browse pulse, Quarantined, [c5bb301afe8c6bcb536d882b36cdee12], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions, Quarantined, [c5bb301afe8c6bcb536d882b36cdee12], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\browse pulse, Quarantined, [c5bb6edc0f7b3cfa873a6c4748bbd42c], Files: 6PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions\6db6de7f-f4a2-4479-902d-9e7b7ad55306.dll, Quarantined, [afd10149cbbf9f97fe6d7cb6ae58ea16], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\(New)BrowserPulse.exe, Quarantined, [aad6b4963456d75fb0bb5cd6ae58bd43], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Uninstaller.exe, Quarantined, [3f4184c659312c0ac2a90032e81e827e], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6qeoodjs.default-1401006518835\extensions\firefox@www.browsepulse.net.xpi, Quarantined, [cab6a2a8424895a1a93e2e85cd36f40c], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Program Files\browse pulse\7za.exe, Quarantined, [c5bb301afe8c6bcb536d882b36cdee12], PUP.Optional.BrowsePulse.A, C:\Program Files\browse pulse\Extensions\firefox@www.browsepulse.net.xpi, Quarantined, [c5bb301afe8c6bcb536d882b36cdee12], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.

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