BrowserIO Removal Guide

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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.

How to uninstall this program

Windows XP

  1. Click Start and go to Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or remove programs.
  3. Find the program and click Uninstall.

Windows Vista/7

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Select Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate the application and right-click it.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8 or 8.1

  1. Right-click the Start screen button and select Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Identify the program and click Uninstall.

Windows 10

  1. Navigate the mouse to the lower-left of the screen.
  2. Right-click the Start menu.
  3. Select Programs and Features.
  4. Find the application and right-click it.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

Remove from the browser

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Select More tools.
  4. Click Extensions.
  5. Locate BrowserIO.
  6. Click Remove.
Download Remover for BrowserIO *
*SpyHunter scanner, published on this site, is intended to be used only as a detection tool. To use the removal functionality, you will need to purchase the full version of SpyHunter.

BrowserIO Screenshots:

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BrowserIO technical info for manual removal:

Files Modified/Created on the system:

# File Name File Size (Bytes) File Hash
1chrome_child.dll49135104 bytesMD5: 2b9a38d48d496fbc6a52254da6fb7b13
2natives_blob.bin334730 bytesMD5: d1ff2dd15ed96e44a0268a64354ee8a5
3chrome_elf.dll431616 bytesMD5: 15df4ee958de7a973c104cf38aca3064
4icudtl.dat10130464 bytesMD5: 1b0ec60f1caf5ecc5e2a16c83ba0fcb8
5craw_window.js248516 bytesMD5: b5e8a6d8cccb78e88972597ac92257c8
6previews_opt_out.db12288 bytes
7settings.dat40 bytesMD5: 4f3b3c1a4df6d43a5855f621e0bec6db
8chrome.VisualElementsManifest.xml410 bytesMD5: aca0504ec3b2e2606c4434a751b33d21
9chrome.exe828416 bytesMD5: 15b8a8e5541eeff41bc1f0497c742198
10d3dcompiler_47.dll3681600 bytesMD5: e16ca76a141de63a7ca661e489f91e7e
11chrome.dll34283008 bytesMD5: 0152bcc65d14f54056c6044602707b64
12SearchBar.exe552488 bytesMD5: 899816a29cb0072f53a2b3eae74f5380
13ev_hashes_whitelist.bin674082 bytesMD5: 5b01551e05834d9269c01d54dfdfb91f
14libegl.dll79360 bytesMD5: 0d2ecb12dd4294b2ae73258d29a10339
15libglesv2.dll2246144 bytesMD5: d5bacdb9c89d6506a9ff70b8eb896984
16Uninstall.exe282390 bytesMD5: 2ce08028fea9512e214950243d2edbe0
17setup.exe1203200 bytesMD5: e53116d2d85f3a0d2f21c32eacf83d77
18craw_background.js177765 bytesMD5: e38255168cb81321c6e9141af0ffa47c
19chrome_watcher.dll458240 bytesMD5: 0abf59a0df30ab244ea42c16f534a7df
20snapshot_blob.bin963964 bytesMD5: aed8247b40192c317bd679691445e19c
21eventlog_provider.dll2560 bytesMD5: faf94f74b5a8418724560860bf298d2a

Memory Processes Created:

# Process Name Process Filename Main module size
1chrome.exechrome.exe828416 bytes
2SearchBar.exeSearchBar.exe552488 bytes
3Uninstall.exeUninstall.exe282390 bytes
4setup.exesetup.exe1203200 bytes

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