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What is Browsing Secure?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Browsing Secure is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Browsing Secure?

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


and this Scheduled Task:


How did Browsing Secure get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove Browsing Secure?

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 Browsing Secure?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Browsing Secure completely.
  • This PUP creates some scheduled tasks. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

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

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


Technical details for experts

You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Browsing Secure] C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe
You may see these signs in FRST logs:

 () C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe HKCU\...\Run: [Browsing Secure] => C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe [690176 2015-09-19] () C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Browsing Secure Updater C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing SecureBrowsing Secure (HKCU\...\BrowsingSecure) (Version:  - BrowsingSecure)Task: {BCE7AD84-0397-432D-A47E-B1AACB16AC9E} - System32\Tasks\Browsing Secure Updater => Wscript.exe //B "C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\..\updt.js"
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)---------------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure       Adds the file updt.js"="19/09/2015 09:14, 160 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\       Adds the file app.ini"="19/09/2015 09:14, 667 bytes, A       Adds the file browsingsecure.exe"="19/09/2015 09:14, 690176 bytes, A       Adds the file kin5naeo.dll"="19/09/2015 09:14, 288256 bytes, A       Adds the file res.dll"="19/09/2015 09:14, 225280 bytes, A       Adds the file secureup.exe"="19/09/2015 09:14, 455680 bytes, A    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks       Adds the file Browsing Secure Updater"="19/09/2015 09:14, 3600 bytes, ARegistry details [View: All details] (Selection)------------------------------------------------    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\keepmysearch\instl\data]       "APPORDR"="REG_SZ", "52D42ED97A4236D7B76347623DA06E86"       "chrome-st"="REG_SZ", "[false,false,false]"       "country"="REG_SZ", ""       "ffx-st"="REG_SZ", "[false,false,false]"       "ie-st"="REG_SZ", "[false,false,false]"       "lng"="REG_SZ", ""       "prm1"="REG_SZ", ""       "prm2"="REG_SZ", ""       "prm3"="REG_SZ", ""       "prm4"="REG_SZ", ""       "prm5"="REG_SZ", ""    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\keepmysearch\uninstl       "browsingsecure"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\secureup.exe"    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION]       "browsingsecure.exe"="REG_DWORD", 19000       "secureup.exe"="REG_DWORD", 19000    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]       "Browsing Secure"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe"    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\BrowsingSecure]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\secureup.exe""       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Browsing Secure"       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "BrowsingSecure"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\secureup.exe" /uninstl"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 19/09/2015Scan Time: 09:22Logfile: mbamBrowsingSecure.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: Database: v2015.09.19.01Rootkit Database: v2015.09.18.01License: PremiumMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: EnabledSelf-protection: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x64File System: NTFSUser: {username}Scan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 333137Time Elapsed: 4 min, 12 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: EnabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 1PUP.Optional.SecurityUtility, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe, 4092, Delete-on-Reboot, [427bbf72c9c2db5bf9c59ebaee121ae6]Modules: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys: 2PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\BrowsingSecure, Quarantined, [2697a28f2962330348865fcedc27ae52], PUP.Optional.KeepMySearch, HKCU_Classes\keepmysearch, Quarantined, [8b3255dc12797fb783689c04956f28d8], Registry Values: 1PUP.Optional.SecurityUtility, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|Browsing Secure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe, Quarantined, [427bbf72c9c2db5bf9c59ebaee121ae6]Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 3PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure, Delete-on-Reboot, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure, Delete-on-Reboot, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\, Delete-on-Reboot, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], Files: 7PUP.Optional.SecurityUtility, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [427bbf72c9c2db5bf9c59ebaee121ae6], PUP.Optional.SecurityUtility, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\BrowsingSecure.exe, Quarantined, [9627e34e6f1c0c2a6d51ed6b47b9a957], PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\updt.js, Quarantined, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\app.ini, Quarantined, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\kin5naeo.dll, Quarantined, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\res.dll, Quarantined, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\secureup.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
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