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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Browser Enhancements?
The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Browser Enhancements 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 Browser Enhancements?
You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:

and this warning during install:

How did BrowserEnhancements get on my computer?
Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.
How do I remove BrowserEnhancements?
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 Browser Enhancements?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Browser Enhancements completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?
We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.  
As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Browser Enhancements adware.  It would have warned you before the rogue 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 - HKLM\..\Run: [Browser Enhancements] C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\WManager.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WManager] C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\WManager.exe
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details  
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements
       Adds the file sqlite3.dll"="3/14/2014 9:25 PM, 236544 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.dat"="10/9/2014 9:26 AM, 1416 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.exe"="10/9/2014 9:25 AM, 719521 bytes, A
       Adds the file UpDlg.exe"="9/23/2014 9:03 PM, 395264 bytes, A
       Adds the file WManager.exe"="9/3/2014 12:51 PM, 888832 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Browser Enhancements
       Adds the file Browser Enhancements.lnk"="10/9/2014 9:26 AM, 1114 bytes, A

Registry details  
       "Browser Enhancements"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\WManager.exe"
       "WManager"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\WManager.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Browser Enhancements version 3.17"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "3.17"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 2176
       "Inno Setup: App Path"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements"
       "Inno Setup: Icon Group"="REG_SZ", "Browser Enhancements"
       "Inno Setup: Language"="REG_SZ", "english"
       "Inno Setup: Setup Version"="REG_SZ", "5.5.5 (a)"
       "Inno Setup: User"="REG_SZ", "Malwarebytes"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20141009"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\"
       "MajorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 3
       "MinorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 17
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Browser Enhancements"
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\unins000.exe""
       "ID"="REG_SZ", "LVuMtJPyPqW9Hqne"
       "Key"="REG_SZ", "bcx2b0"

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 10/9/2014
Scan Time: 9:31:29 AM
Logfile: mbamBrowserEnhancements.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2014.10.09.04
Rootkit Database: v2014.10.08.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 267801
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 7 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\WManager.exe, 4056, Delete-on-Reboot, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 1
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{B92711A1-DAA6-464C-BC35-AB43E048136F}}_is1, Quarantined, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c], 

Registry Values: 2
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|Browser Enhancements, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\WManager.exe, Quarantined, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c]
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|WManager, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\WManager.exe, Quarantined, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 2
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements, Delete-on-Reboot, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c], 
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Browser Enhancements, Quarantined, [2a7e7d95d3a952e481c479977e85728e], 

Files: 7
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\ADK-New-Java3.exe, Quarantined, [8424c052ee8e37ffede18ccbb54b54ac], 
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\unins000.dat, Quarantined, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c], 
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\sqlite3.dll, Quarantined, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c], 
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\unins000.exe, Quarantined, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c], 
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\UpDlg.exe, Quarantined, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c], 
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\Program Files\Browser Enhancements\WManager.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [7533c84a6e0e4ceae55fd937ed16c43c], 
PUP.Optional.BrowserEnhancements.A, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Browser Enhancements\Browser Enhancements.lnk, Quarantined, [2a7e7d95d3a952e481c479977e85728e], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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