Browserkeeper is a browser add-on that we are forced to categorize as an adware application. It is promoted as a browser extension for Internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that can protect you from various corrupted information and possible exploitation online. However, despite its good intentions there is nothing beneficial about this application, and you are strongly suggested to remove Browserkeeper right now. In fact, we have a basis to believe that this program can cause more harm than do any good. No adware program should be allowed to remain on your PC.
It is very likely that you had installed Browserkeeper onto your computer accidentally when you downloaded some freeware application from a third-party website. It is true that this extension has an official homepage, and you can easily access it at browserkeeper.com, but the problem is that homepages for extensions from Smart Apps seldom contain direct download link. In fact, users could probably never come across this website on their own. It is more like an empty shell that serves to help Browserkeeper create a reliable image. Consequently, since the download from the official homepage is practically unimaginable, we have to consider another distribution method – bundled downloads.
To tell you the truth, Browserkeeper creators make use of this distribution method the most. Other Smart Apps extensions, such as Coupon Waterfall, Discount Dragon, Coupon Lasso and others are also distributed via such method. It calls for caution whenever you download freeware apps at unfamiliar websites because you can never know what kind of other applications you will install onto your PC along with the program you want. On top of that, when Browserkeeper enters the system, it does not come alone.
According to our research, Browserkeeper also installs BenchUpdater without even informing you about it. This application is an adware helper that allows Browserkeeper to update itself. In order words, it helps the program to connect to the Internet behind your back. It is not surprising because BenchUpdater modifies your hosts file by adding 18.104.22.168 dafchigfpaomilfpgggipiccacckmjic line at the end of it. It allows the adware to bypass various security measures and connect to a remote server without you even knowing.
As you most probably have noticed already, Browserkeeper presents itself as a useful tool to protect yourself from malicious exploitations on the Internet. However, it is highly unlikely that this program will do anything to protect you. It will most flood you with commercial advertisements when you browse online shopping websites, and these ads will be embedded with unreliable third-party content. It can eventually lead to exposure to potential security issues.
Consequently, you need to restore your hosts file and then uninstall Browserkeeper from the PC immediately. Some adware-related files might remain on your system even after manual removal, so you should scan the computer with SpyHunter free scanner when you delete Browserkeeper manually. Do not forget to invest in a powerful antispyware application, and do leave us a comment below this description if you have any further questions regarding adware and computer safety.
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