BrowserIO is a browser extension/application for Google Chrome that is promoted as a tool to improve various aspects of your browsing. However, we have classified it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because its real objective is to replace your browser’s homepage address with its promoted search engine. Furthermore, it might show you various commercial ads while you browse the web. We have received information that suggests that its developers distribute it through fake Social Security website links, so it can get onto your PC without your knowledge or approval, so yo might want to remove it. This application is not exactly malicious, but it is not what its promotional campaign claims it to be.
The official line is that BrowserIO has been fine tuned to help you surf the web your way, access your mail swiftly and readily, access the internet quickly and reliably, and help keep you safe from network attacks. However, it does not present any specific information about what it actually does because most of the statements featured on its main website are just marketing talk.
Our research has revealed that this application is based on the Chromium engine (Version 57.0.2987.110.) Once it in installed on your PC, and you can see it in Control Panel as well as the browser’s extensions list, it will add a Search bar on the top of the browser window. The search bar uses a custom-made Search.browserio.com. We believe that this search engine is unreliable because it can feature promotional links that can redirect you to scam sites and websites that feature malicious software. According to its terms of service document, “Browser IO and/or its affiliated partners/associations/organizations which participate in the growth of the Services may present advertisements or promotional materials on or through the Website and/or the Browser IO Application.” So there is no doubt that advertising is a huge part of this application as it covers development costs as well as makes a profit.
BrowserIO also adds Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter shortcuts to your desktop. The odd thing is that, when you click them, they redirect you to those sites through Imp.browserio.com. The reason for doing so is unknown, but that might have something to do with generating web traffic.
We have found that BrowserIO was signed by a company called Architecture Software which is one shady company. Our research has shown that this same company created a search engine called Searchincognito.com that we have classified as a browser hijacker due to the way it is distributed. Speaking of distribution, BrowserIO itself is distributed using a rather dishonest method. We have found that you can get it onto your PC accidentally by clicking a fake Social Security website link. Furthermore, while BrowserIO has a dedicated distribution website at Browserio.com, the download link does not work, so at this point, it is distributed through fake links only.
If you got BrowserIO accidentally, then you might want to remove it. As you can see, it offers none of the things claimed on its website, but it changes the homepage address, shows ads, and redirects you through a shady URL when you click one of its added desktop shortcuts. All in all, this application is no good, so if you want to get rid of it, please see the guide presented below.
Windows 8 or 8.1
|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||chrome_child.dll||49135104 bytes||MD5: 2b9a38d48d496fbc6a52254da6fb7b13|
|2||natives_blob.bin||334730 bytes||MD5: d1ff2dd15ed96e44a0268a64354ee8a5|
|3||chrome_elf.dll||431616 bytes||MD5: 15df4ee958de7a973c104cf38aca3064|
|4||icudtl.dat||10130464 bytes||MD5: 1b0ec60f1caf5ecc5e2a16c83ba0fcb8|
|5||craw_window.js||248516 bytes||MD5: b5e8a6d8cccb78e88972597ac92257c8|
|7||settings.dat||40 bytes||MD5: 4f3b3c1a4df6d43a5855f621e0bec6db|
|8||chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml||410 bytes||MD5: aca0504ec3b2e2606c4434a751b33d21|
|9||chrome.exe||828416 bytes||MD5: 15b8a8e5541eeff41bc1f0497c742198|
|10||d3dcompiler_47.dll||3681600 bytes||MD5: e16ca76a141de63a7ca661e489f91e7e|
|11||chrome.dll||34283008 bytes||MD5: 0152bcc65d14f54056c6044602707b64|
|12||SearchBar.exe||552488 bytes||MD5: 899816a29cb0072f53a2b3eae74f5380|
|13||ev_hashes_whitelist.bin||674082 bytes||MD5: 5b01551e05834d9269c01d54dfdfb91f|
|14||libegl.dll||79360 bytes||MD5: 0d2ecb12dd4294b2ae73258d29a10339|
|15||libglesv2.dll||2246144 bytes||MD5: d5bacdb9c89d6506a9ff70b8eb896984|
|16||Uninstall.exe||282390 bytes||MD5: 2ce08028fea9512e214950243d2edbe0|
|17||setup.exe||1203200 bytes||MD5: e53116d2d85f3a0d2f21c32eacf83d77|
|18||craw_background.js||177765 bytes||MD5: e38255168cb81321c6e9141af0ffa47c|
|19||chrome_watcher.dll||458240 bytes||MD5: 0abf59a0df30ab244ea42c16f534a7df|
|20||snapshot_blob.bin||963964 bytes||MD5: aed8247b40192c317bd679691445e19c|
|21||eventlog_provider.dll||2560 bytes||MD5: faf94f74b5a8418724560860bf298d2a|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|