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What percent of users and experts removed it?
85% remove it15% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,298
United States Rank #10,752
Reach 0.1998%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 49.36 days
1456.06 days >
Average installed length: 765.05 days

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BrowserCompanion

What is BrowserCompanion?

BrowserCompanion is a third party web browser potentially unwanted add-in that used to be bundled with various freeware products including PC Performer. The maker of this program is a known adware distributor, so caution should be taken. The program deploys standard web browser hijacking techniques such as modifying the home page and search settings as well as providing a mechanism for automatic updates.

Ginyas Browser Companion is a browser extension (Browser Helper Object in IE) that promises to save time and money for users while shopping online. It is often install on a computer bundled with various third party programs. Once installed it will monitor web page activity and inject affiliate links within various shopping sites in order to collect revenue. The add-in also displays various forms of advertising such as popups, pop unders as well as injected inline links.

BrowserCompanion is detected as malware from through a various number of antivirus programs. ESET-NOD32 detects BCHelper.exe as a variant of Win32/BrowserCompanion.A, while Malwarebytes detects it as PUP.Blabbers (related to Ginyas Browser Companion, a web browser extension that appears within the browser as a coupon ad when a user visits popular shopping websites, such as eBay, Amazon, Expedia and others).

The product is owned by Melora Investments Limited.

About  (from Blabbers Communications LTD)

Ginyas is a leader in online marketing offers and contextual browsing software technology and the manufacturer of the Ginyas Browser Companion. The Ginyas Browser Companion is a safe and easy to use application finds you the best deals, discounts and offers. Working behind the scenes, Ginyas saves you time and money wh...  Read more
Overview
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in BrowserCompanion.
BCHelper.exe (3b97d60483711f491e12799cecd424fc) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.8331 a variant of Win32/BrowserCompanion.A
Malwarebytes v2013.05.26.01 PUP.Blabbers
Trend Micro 10.465.26 ADW_BLABBERS
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.146 ADW_BLABBERS
uninstall.exe (8291ff93c10c0914338992d79f882c63) has been flagged by the following 14 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 12.0.163.0 Trojan.Generic.7567388
Bitdefender 7.2 Trojan.Generic.7567388
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4613 W32.Clod71e.Trojan.c8c5
Commtouch SDK 5.4.1.7 W32/Trojan.OYAB-0690
Dr.Web 7.00.7.12100 Trojan.AVKill.14832
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 3.0.0.596 Trojan.Generic.7567388 (B)
G Data 22 Trojan.Generic.7567388
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!8291FF93C10C
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!8291FF93C10C
MicroWorld-eScan 12.0.250.0 Trojan.Generic.7567388
Norman 7.03.02 Suspicious_Gen2.VRWTH
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 WS.Reputation.1
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.R0CBH0AIC13
VIPRE Antivirus 24772 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
toolbar.dll (beb6e9d3c8609850cd74a3ea1c2a0dcd) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Shopper.303
ESET-NOD32 8547 Win32/BrowserCompanion.D
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 ADW_BLABBERS
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 ADW_BLABBERS
tdataprotocol.dll (b0449b896c9aa4b1b62652b56652b999) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 3.0.0.569 Trojan.Win32.BrowserCompanion.AMN (A)
ESET-NOD32 8772 Win32/BrowserCompanion.C
widgetserv.exe (f1de73f28e3284b5abce3153c09a6a25) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Shopper.303
ESET-NOD32 9241 Win32/BrowserCompanion.F
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BrowserCompanion has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.ginyas.com
Help link: ginyas.com/about_us
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\browsercompanion
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\BrowserCompanion\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.18 MB

Program filesFiles installed by BrowserCompanion

Program executable:BCHelper.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Browser Companion Helper
Path:C:\Program Files\browsercompanion\BCHelper.exe
MD5:3b97d60483711f491e12799cecd424fc
The Browser Companion Helper Verifier Module is the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs...
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) tdataprotocol.dll - Blabbers plug-in for Internet Explorer (Blabbers data protacol for IE w/c)
  • (Malware detected) toolbar.dll - Blabbers toolbar for Internet Explorer (Coupish toolbar)
  • updatebhoWin32.dll - Ginyas Browser Companion Verifier
  • (Malware detected) BCHelper.exe - Browser Companion Helper
  • (Malware detected) widgetserv.exe (by Trioris) - Trioris widget server for Internet Explorer (Trioris widgetserv)
  • (Malware detected) uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • updatebhoWin32.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Ginyas Browser Companion Verifier' with the class of {963B125B-8B21-49A2-A3A8-E37092276531} (Update Timer).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • BCHelper.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Browser companion helper' which loads as C:\Program Files\BrowserCompanion\BCHelper.exe /T=3 /CHI=kolgnaidildmdbfgdnoapjdianbpajne.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • BCHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\BrowserCompanion\BCHelper.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

BCHelper.exe
Memory:1.98 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003707032%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00032653%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00004418%
0.015104% average

How do I remove BrowserCompanion?

Quickly and completely remove BrowserCompanion from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall BrowserCompanion from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program BrowserCompanion, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove BrowserCompanion.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by BrowserCompanion you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 69%
Win 7 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 85%
Keep it 15%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 77.92%
Windows XP 11.02%
Windows Vista 8.95%
Windows 8 2.07%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 44.98%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.93%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.98%
Windows 7 Professional 7.25%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.46%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.37%

Distribution by countryGeography

14.43% of installs come from Germany
Which countries install it?
  Germany 14.43%
  United States 8.24%
  Brazil 7.06%
  Italy 6.32%
  Sweden 4.68%
  Spain 4.51%
  Netherlands 3.63%
  Belgium 3.25%
  France 2.86%
  Saudi Arabia 2.62%
  United Kingdom 2.51%
  Israel 2.03%
  Mexico 1.99%
  Finland 1.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.48%
Acer 25.03%
Dell 13.32%
ASUS 9.20%
Toshiba 7.29%
Samsung 5.73%
GIGABYTE 4.78%
Medion 1.79%
American Megatrends 1.55%
Lenovo 1.55%
Sahara 1.19%
Intel 1.08%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 9.16%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.53%
HP G62 Notebook PC 3.10%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.70%
Positivo Positivo M... 2.43%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.16%

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