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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

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.

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

You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:


and this Scheduled Task:


How did Browsing Secure get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove Browsing Secure?

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 Browsing Secure?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Browsing Secure completely.
  • This PUP creates some scheduled tasks. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

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

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Browsing Secure adware. It would have warned you before the application 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 - HKCU\..\Run: [Browsing Secure] C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe
You may see these signs in FRST logs:
 () C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe
 HKCU\...\Run: [Browsing Secure] => C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe [690176 2015-09-19] ()
 C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Browsing Secure Updater
 C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure

Browsing Secure (HKCU\...\BrowsingSecure) (Version:  - BrowsingSecure)
Task: {BCE7AD84-0397-432D-A47E-B1AACB16AC9E} - System32\Tasks\Browsing Secure Updater => Wscript.exe //B "C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\..\updt.js"
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure
       Adds the file updt.js"="19/09/2015 09:14, 160 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\
       Adds the file app.ini"="19/09/2015 09:14, 667 bytes, A
       Adds the file browsingsecure.exe"="19/09/2015 09:14, 690176 bytes, A
       Adds the file kin5naeo.dll"="19/09/2015 09:14, 288256 bytes, A
       Adds the file res.dll"="19/09/2015 09:14, 225280 bytes, A
       Adds the file secureup.exe"="19/09/2015 09:14, 455680 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file Browsing Secure Updater"="19/09/2015 09:14, 3600 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "APPORDR"="REG_SZ", "52D42ED97A4236D7B76347623DA06E86"
       "chrome-st"="REG_SZ", "[false,false,false]"
       "country"="REG_SZ", ""
       "ffx-st"="REG_SZ", "[false,false,false]"
       "ie-st"="REG_SZ", "[false,false,false]"
       "lng"="REG_SZ", ""
       "prm1"="REG_SZ", ""
       "prm2"="REG_SZ", ""
       "prm3"="REG_SZ", ""
       "prm4"="REG_SZ", ""
       "prm5"="REG_SZ", ""
       "browsingsecure"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\secureup.exe"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION]
       "browsingsecure.exe"="REG_DWORD", 19000
       "secureup.exe"="REG_DWORD", 19000
       "Browsing Secure"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe"
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\secureup.exe""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Browsing Secure"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "BrowsingSecure"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\secureup.exe" /uninstl"

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 19/09/2015
Scan Time: 09:22
Logfile: mbamBrowsingSecure.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2015.09.19.01
Rootkit Database: v2015.09.18.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Enabled
Self-protection: Disabled

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

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 333137
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 12 sec

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

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.SecurityUtility, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe, 4092, Delete-on-Reboot, [427bbf72c9c2db5bf9c59ebaee121ae6]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 2
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\BrowsingSecure, Quarantined, [2697a28f2962330348865fcedc27ae52], 
PUP.Optional.KeepMySearch, HKCU_Classes\keepmysearch, Quarantined, [8b3255dc12797fb783689c04956f28d8], 

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.SecurityUtility, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|Browsing Secure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe, Quarantined, [427bbf72c9c2db5bf9c59ebaee121ae6]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 3
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure, Delete-on-Reboot, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], 
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure, Delete-on-Reboot, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], 
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\, Delete-on-Reboot, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], 

Files: 7
PUP.Optional.SecurityUtility, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\browsingsecure.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [427bbf72c9c2db5bf9c59ebaee121ae6], 
PUP.Optional.SecurityUtility, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\BrowsingSecure.exe, Quarantined, [9627e34e6f1c0c2a6d51ed6b47b9a957], 
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\updt.js, Quarantined, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], 
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\app.ini, Quarantined, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], 
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\kin5naeo.dll, Quarantined, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], 
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\res.dll, Quarantined, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], 
PUP.Optional.BrowsingSecure, C:\Program Files (x86)\Browsing Secure\BrowsingSecure\\secureup.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [c9f47ab7d6b558de399355d84bb8b947], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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