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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.
This particular one offers alternative products while you are browsing.

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

You may see these warnings during install:

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this task in your Scheduled Tasks:

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and this entry in your list of installed Programs and Features:

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How did Browsing Secure get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was installed by a bundler.

How do I remove Browsing Secure?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Browsing Secure?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Browsing Secure completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

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

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Browsing Secure adware. It would have blocked the installer before it became too late.

 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 

() C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe
() C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe
HKCU\...\Run: [Browsing Secure] => C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\\Browsing Secure\\BrowsingSecure\\2.0.0.0\browsingsecure.exe.exe
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Browsing Secure Updater
C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure
C:\ProgramData\BrowsingSecure

Browsing Secure (HKCU\...\Browsing Secure) (Version:  - BrowsingSecure)
Task: {A684CCF5-F485-44B5-B437-B745180DA7DD} - System32\Tasks\Browsing Secure Updater => C:\Program Files (x86)\\Browsing Secure\\BrowsingSecure\\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe [2018-06-27] ()

Significant changes made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0
       Adds the file app.ini"="6/27/2018 8:29 AM, 689 bytes, A
       Adds the file Browsing Secureupdt.exe"="6/27/2018 8:27 AM, 985200 bytes, A
       Adds the file browsingsecure.exe"="6/27/2018 8:29 AM, 312944 bytes, A
       Adds the file eiZlcmdo.dll"="6/27/2018 8:29 AM, 197120 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\BrowsingSecure
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0
       Adds the file app.ini"="6/27/2018 8:30 AM, 699 bytes, A
       Adds the file bnzigohp.dll"="6/27/2018 8:30 AM, 197120 bytes, A
       Adds the file Browsing Secureupdt.exe"="6/27/2018 8:27 AM, 985200 bytes, A
       Adds the file browsingsecure.exe"="6/27/2018 8:30 AM, 312944 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file Browsing Secure Updater"="6/27/2018 8:29 AM, 3608 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION]
       "Browsing Secureupdt.exe"="REG_DWORD", 10000
       "BrowsingSecure.exe"="REG_DWORD", 10000
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
       "Browsing Secure"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\\Browsing Secure\\BrowsingSecure\\2.0.0.0\browsingsecure.exe.exe"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Browsing Secure]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\\Browsing Secure\\BrowsingSecure\\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Browsing Secure"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "BrowsingSecure"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\\Browsing Secure\\BrowsingSecure\\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe"  /uninstl"

Malwarebytes log:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 6/27/18
Scan Time: 8:40 AM
Log File: eb2be8c2-79d4-11e8-b1b2-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.5.1.2522
Components Version: 1.0.365
Update Package Version: 1.0.5645
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 251092
Threats Detected: 32
Threats Quarantined: 32
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 26 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 2
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645

Module: 2
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645

Registry Key: 6
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\BROWSING SECURE UPDATER, Quarantined, [1989], [246121],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{A684CCF5-F485-44B5-B437-B745180DA7DD}, Quarantined, [1989], [246121],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{A684CCF5-F485-44B5-B437-B745180DA7DD}, Quarantined, [1989], [246121],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Browsing Secure, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.TaskRNDM, HKCU\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\{3BDFD1D7-7A9B-4D29-80B3-D00E66E62885}, Quarantined, [7731], [169164],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.TaskRNDM, HKCU\SOFTWARE\{3BDFD1D7-7A9B-4D29-80B3-D00E66E62885}, Quarantined, [7731], [169164],1.0.5645

Registry Value: 3
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|BROWSING SECURE, Quarantined, [1989], [186487],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.CouponMarvel.TskLnk, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\WINDOWS|APPINIT_DLLS, Quarantined, [791], [-1],0.0.0
PUP.Optional.CouponMarvel.TskLnk, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\WINDOWS|APPINIT_DLLS, Quarantined, [791], [-1],0.0.0

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 7
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\BROWSING SECURE, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\BROWSING SECURE, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.CouponMarvel.TskLnk, C:\PROGRAMDATA\BROWSINGSECURE, Quarantined, [791], [448817],1.0.5645

File: 12
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\BROWSING SECURE UPDATER, Quarantined, [1989], [246121],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\app.ini, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\bnzigohp.dll, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\browsingsecure.exe, Quarantined, [1989], [180797],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\app.ini, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\Browsing Secureupdt.exe, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\browsingsecure.exe, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\2.0.0.0\eiZlcmdo.dll, Quarantined, [1989], [180798],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.CouponMarvel, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\CMINST.EXE, Quarantined, [2421], [88249],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.CouponMarvel, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\BROWSINGSECURE.EXE, Quarantined, [2421], [11934],1.0.5645
PUP.Optional.CouponMarvel, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\~NSU.TMP\AU_.EXE, Quarantined, [2421], [88249],1.0.5645

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
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  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
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