How to remove the BrowseSmart malware

Some anti-malware programs classify BrowseSmartBHO.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: such as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.ahbx (detected by Kaspersky), and Adware:Win32/Blindbat (detected by Microsoft). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated BrowseSmart software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about BrowseSmart and how to get rid of it.

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BrowseSmartBHO.dll file information

The process known as BrowseSmart belongs to software BrowseSmart by BrowseSmart.

Description: BrowseSmartBHO.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file BrowseSmartBHO.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 18,615 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 249,632 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include ffbb88a9-c663-4b9b-9170-70fa0a5a2786 or 4c06cc5b-59cb-4063-8ddb-6452de2c5617. The program has no visible window. It is able to monitor web browsers. The file is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with BrowseSmartBHO.dll, you can uninstall BrowseSmart software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), turn to the software developer, Browsesmart, for advice or check the vendor’s website for a newer version.

Recommended: Identify BrowseSmartBHO.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BrowseSmartBHO.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.ahbx (detected by Kaspersky), and Adware:Win32/Blindbat (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the BrowseSmartBHO.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If BrowseSmart 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 BrowseSmartBHO issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active BrowseSmartBHO process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the BrowseSmartBHO.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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