What is BrowserHelper.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the BrowserHelper.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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BrowserHelper.exe file information

The process known as Update Helper or CleanBrowser belongs to software Update Helper or YTDownloader or Muvic Smartbar by Goobzo or VERISTAFF.COM LTD.

Description: BrowserHelper.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. BrowserHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 471,984 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 478,640 bytes or 310,784 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The BrowserHelper.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. BrowserHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with BrowserHelper.exe, you can also uninstall YTDownloader from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If BrowserHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 22% dangerous. The file size is 37,904 bytes. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. The BrowserHelper.exe file is digitally signed. BrowserHelper.exe is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with BrowserHelper.exe, you can also uninstall Muvic Smartbar from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program or look for help on the website.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BrowserHelper.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Adware.Linkury.S (detected by BitDefender), and WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the BrowserHelper.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Update Helper has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving BrowserHelper issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with BrowserHelper. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the BrowserHelper.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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