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What's the best web browser cleaning program?


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#1 darkcyber

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 09:51 AM

I clean computers all the time with various programs from Hitman Pro, Malwarebytes, Spybot, Superantisypware, rkill, Rougekiller, ADWCleaner, TDDSKiller, ComboFix (when needed), Malwarebyte Anti-Rootkit, Kaspersky Rescue Disc, Anvi Rescue Disc, AVG Rescue Disc, CCLeaner, JRT...etc. you get the picture. All these clean them up really well, but usually do not do much at all with the browsers. The one problem I constantly see is after cleaning them up the browsers are still loaded up with junk, when I say junk I mean malicious ad on's like advertising pops, URL redirecting, and stuff like that.

 

So, is the any programs that will go through and scan all the browsers, like the malware and anti virus programs do for the OS, and remove all the extra junk. If so, I haven't found one yet and would like to know. 

Basically, what I have to do right now is simply do a reset on each browser and completely reset everything wiping out all data.

 

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 10:21 AM

Usually the above programs do a good job if they are set for pups. I also use autoruns and process explorer for manual cleaning. You can see what program pops up when the malicious redirect starts, kill it and delete it. 



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Posted 12 February 2015 - 10:55 AM

After running the adware/malware scans and clean-ups, resetting the browsers often helps as well.

 

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 01:40 PM

What Phantom said it right. All the tools you run (and by the way, this isn't a good thing to do as you don't always needs to use these tools) will mostly remove the core of the malware (adware, browser hijacker, etc.), the persistence. Hence some of the settings are still effective in the browser, but after you reset their settings, these won't comeback and the browser will be "clean". Also, I strongly suggest you to not use ComboFix unless you are supervised by a trained malware removal expert, or you've been trained in using it. ComboFix is a very powerful tool that can damage a system easily and make it unbootable, leading to the loss of all the data on it if wrongly used. I suggest you to read quietman's thread on it, here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/273628/combofix-usage-questions-help-look-here/

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Posted 15 February 2015 - 11:00 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. So, basically there is no one or two programs that will clean the browsers? I have been resetting the browsers manually, but just wondered if there was a program I didn't know about that might do it. As far as ComboFix, I use it only on the worst ones, usually if they have a zero access type virus or malware or some major problem. I have been using it for years and know what I am doing and have never had one problem with it. But thanks for the heads up and you are correct...it is not for the light hearted to use.



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Posted 15 February 2015 - 11:05 PM

Hello there,

Thanks for the suggestions. So, basically there is no one or two programs that will clean the browsers? I have been resetting the browsers manually, but just wondered if there was a program I didn't know about that might do it. As far as ComboFix, I use it only on the worst ones, usually if they have a zero access type virus or malware or some major problem. I have been using it for years and know what I am doing and have never had one problem with it. But thanks for the heads up and you are correct...it is not for the light hearted to use.

AM software (since browser hijackers tend to fall into AM category) will target all components of browser hijackers except for their browser settings. If you want to remove the changes they did to your browser, then the only way is to reset the browser settings.

As far as I know, there aren't any tools that will automatically reset browsers. Farbar's MiniToolbox can reset proxy settings, but that's it.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 12:12 AM

Hello there,
 

Thanks for the suggestions. So, basically there is no one or two programs that will clean the browsers? I have been resetting the browsers manually, but just wondered if there was a program I didn't know about that might do it. As far as ComboFix, I use it only on the worst ones, usually if they have a zero access type virus or malware or some major problem. I have been using it for years and know what I am doing and have never had one problem with it. But thanks for the heads up and you are correct...it is not for the light hearted to use.

AM software (since browser hijackers tend to fall into AM category) will target all components of browser hijackers except for their browser settings. If you want to remove the changes they did to your browser, then the only way is to reset the browser settings.

As far as I know, there aren't any tools that will automatically reset browsers. Farbar's MiniToolbox can reset proxy settings, but that's it.

Alex

 

Thanks Alex!



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Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:24 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. So, basically there is no one or two programs that will clean the browsers?


Well, Antivirus and Antimalware will clean the browser settings in a way where it'll remove malicious files that are being loaded in it, and also Registry keys/values from it that have been hijacked. However, it won't "reset" the browser. So yes there's programs that will clean web browsers from malicious content, only not "reset" them.

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 04:52 PM

 

Thanks for the suggestions. So, basically there is no one or two programs that will clean the browsers?


Well, Antivirus and Antimalware will clean the browser settings in a way where it'll remove malicious files that are being loaded in it, and also Registry keys/values from it that have been hijacked. However, it won't "reset" the browser. So yes there's programs that will clean web browsers from malicious content, only not "reset" them.

 

So, basically they will clean the browser but just not completely get rid of everything (or at least not like a reset would).

 

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 05:12 PM

They won't get rid of everything, no. What they'll get rid of is mostly the "persistance", hence why when you reset the browser settings after, they don't get immediately hijacked back.

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