84,488,480 programs installed

Should I remove BrowserProtect?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
(click star to rate)
How common is it?
Global Rank #2,782
United States Rank #4,138
Reach 0.2170%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.05 days
680.07 days >
Average installed length: 357.33 days

Other programs by Bit89 Inc


What is BrowserProtect?

PerformerSoft BrowserProtect is a third party web browser add-in classified mostly as a potentially unwanted software application that used to be bundled with PerformerSoft products including PC Performer. The maker of this program is a known adware/malware distributor, so caution should be taken. The PerformerSoft BrowserProtect (Browser Manager) program classified mostly as exhibiting adware like actions, is bundled with PerformerSoft products including PC Performer. BrowserProtect is designed to protect its bundled programs and make sure they remain installed or unchanged by other thrid party programs. The BrowserProtect program was developed by Bit89 (Bit89.com) a known adware maker.

Various antivrius products detected the program and its executable as malware:
- VIPRE detects as Bprotector (fs)
- TrendMicro detects as ADW_BPROTECT
- Panda detects as Trj/OCJ.C
- ESET-NOD32 considers it a variant of Win32/bProtector.A
- AhnLab detects it as Adware/Win32.Bromngr
- Kaspersky as AdWare.Win32.Bromngr.b
- Jiangmin as AdWare/Bromngr.o

Variations of this are also installed through bundling as well with various freeware products under the names Browser Manager and Browser Protect.

About  (from Bit89 Inc)

BrowserProtect keeps your browsers safe from homepage, search providers, extensions and other hijacks. Easy, comprehensive and FREE anti-hijack browser protection for Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. BrowserProtect is a browser anti-hijack solution to protect your browser against obtrusiv...  Read more
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Connects to the Internet
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in BrowserProtect.
BrowserProtect.exe (3b2ddfabcc929174cd7212d11cef0e0e) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Comodo Security 15985 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.7
ESET-NOD32 7.8246 a variant of Win32/bProtector.A
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.SuspectCRC
Jiangmin KV130523 AdWare/Bromngr.o
K7 AntiVirus 13.164.8548 Adware
K7GW Adware
Sophos 4.88 BProtector
Trend Micro 10.465.23 ADW_BPROTECT
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.143 ADW_BPROTECT
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Bromngr
VIPRE Antivirus 17002 Bprotector (fs)
BrowserProtect.dll (26421d99023a53f2157d75c45dec205c) has been flagged by the following 35 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
AhnLab-V3 2013.12.11.00 Adware/Win32.Agent
Avira AntiVir APPL/BProtector.Gen
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.Bromngr
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:BProtect-A [PUP]
AVG Generic5.TTQ
Baidu-International Adware.WIn32.bProtector.45
Bitdefender 7.2 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
Bkav FE W32.Clodb11.Trojan.d09b
Clam AntiVirus 0.97.3 Win.Adware.BProtector
CMC Antivirus AdWare.Win32.Bromngr!O
Comodo Security 17420 Application.Win32.bProtector.KA
Dr.Web Adware.BGuard.47
ESET-NOD32 9157 a variant of Win32/bProtector.A
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Adware/Bromngr
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Application:W32/BProtector.A
G Data 22 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
K7GW 9.174.10469 Adware ( 0042b51f1 )
Kaspersky Trojan.Win32.Bromngr.h
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.BProtector
McAfee Adware-Bprotect.a
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!26421D99023A
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.10100 TrojanDropper:Win32/Rotbrow.A
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Bprotector.1
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32..bocbfk
nProtect 2013-12-11.01 Trojan-Clicker/W32.Bromngr.2212304
Sophos 4.95.0 BProtector
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.GoonSquad
The Hacker Trojan/Bprotector
Trend Micro 9.740-1012 ADW_BROMNGR
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 ADW_BROMNGR
Vba32 AntiVirus AdWare.Bromngr
VIPRE Antivirus 24236 Bprotector (fs)
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Adware.Agent.2212304
       View all 47 all detections
BrowserProtect 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.bit89.com/contact.html
Help link: www.bit89.com/uninstall.html
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\browserprotect\2.5.986.67\{c16c1ccb-7046-4e5c-a2f3-533ad2fec8e8}
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\BrowserProtect\2.5.986.67\{c16c1ccb-7046-4e5c-a2f3-533ad2fec8e8}\uninstall.exe" /Uninstall /{15D2D75C-9CB2-4efd-BAD7-B9B4CB4BC693} /su
Estimated size: 7.61 MB

Program filesFiles installed by BrowserProtect

Program executable:BrowserProtect.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Application Manager
Signed by:Bit89 Inc.
The PerformerSoft Browser Manager (Application Manager) program classified mostly as exhibiting adware like actions, is bundled with PerformerSoft products including PC Performer. Browser Manager is designed to protect its bundled programs...
Additional files:
  • BrowserProtect.dll (by PerformerSoft) - Application Manager (Protector)
  • (Malware detected) BrowserProtect.exe (by PerformerSoft)
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • BrowserProtect.exe runs as a service named 'Video Performer Manager' (Video Performer Manager).
Network connections
  • BrowserProtect.exe connects to ec2-174-129-23-216.compute-1.amazonaws.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.43 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001662613%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00009147%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00007479%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:7,636,167
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:18 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove BrowserProtect?

You can uninstall BrowserProtect 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program BrowserProtect, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 BrowserProtect.
  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.

Win 7 (SP1) 62%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 73.26%
Windows XP 11.64%
Windows Vista 8.60%
Windows 10 6.47%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 36.99%
Windows 7 Ultimate 21.30%
Microsoft Windows XP 11.48%
Windows 7 Professional 9.42%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.43%
Windows 8 2.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

29.10% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 29.10%
  Germany 11.41%
  Brazil 5.79%
  United Kingdom 4.59%
  Spain 3.95%
  Italy 3.63%
  France 2.33%
  India 2.08%
  Belgium 1.69%
  Australia 1.65%
  Poland 1.48%
  Indonesia 1.44%
  Hungary 1.44%
  Mexico 1.36%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.08%
Acer 21.24%
Dell 19.32%
ASUS 7.08%
Toshiba 5.92%
Samsung 3.96%
American Megatrends 2.64%
Intel 2.20%
Lenovo 2.16%
Sahara 0.96%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.22%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.77%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.87%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.71%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.37%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.37%

About Bit89 Inc

Bit89 Inc. is the owner of Bit89.
Publisher URL: www.bit89.com

comments10 comments

user comment
user comment
KaSover a year ago
Discontinued in after 2011 it is no longer maintained and now contains malware according to Firefox themselves: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/i286
user comment
Euph0riaover a year ago
If you use AVG you're already failing. Try the free version of bitdefender or ad-aware,.. or ANYTHING else. AVG is the lowest performing AV software available.
user comment
Malwaresuxover a year ago
Just spent 4 hours expunging this from an elderly person's computer. It had ridden in on something else she thought she needed to install. It had hijacked her home page in Fire Fox, IE and Chrome. One of the more obnoxious things it installed was "Delta Search," a real piece of shit. AVG failed to find all the crap Browser "Protect" installed. The machine was laden with tracking software and pop ups. When she tried to visit the site www.foxnews.com," She got a notice that this site was not allowed- was this piece of crap produced by the NBC/ MSNBC? Anyway, after manually uninstalling 6 pieces of shit this thing had installed, going through Fire Fox, IE and Chrome, manually deleting pieces of Delta Search and getting rid of the proxy server they had her using, I was still getting directed to the delta, and could not get Google to be set as the default browser. Finally ran AVG again and was left with a file AVG could not deal with which referenced game tool bar. Removed this item from program files, and finally got rid of all vestiges of the browser hi jacking Browser "Protect." After cleaning up the registry and defraging the drive, her computer is back to normal. The software vendor/ supplier "Bit89" needs to be hauled into court. It is purely vicious malware.
user comment
Jacoover a year ago
This program is found by Revo Uninstaller and can be removed by it. Revo also scans for leftovers.
user comment
Stanley89over a year ago
I noticed that in the add/remove programs that BrowserProtect was installed against my wishes in contrast to the other poster the BetterInternet did not install. With the new release I would like to warn everyone that BetterInternet & BrowserProtect will self install even after choosing not to install any third party adware using the installer.
user comment
Angeluzover a year ago
It is a virus, please how uninstall the malware browserprotect?
user comment
JKover a year ago
Certainly malware. Hijacks browser searches and new tabs for all browsers.
expert comment
karenRW (Expert)over a year ago
I have recently noticed a folder called BrowserProtect. Not sure what it was I ran a virus scan with AVG and it reported that the file was infected and failed to remove. I then looked into the folder and one of the files was BrowserProtect.exe and an uninstall.exe. I then tried to uninstall using the uninstall.exe and it asked for permission to continue and i clicked yes, then nothing happened. After this I searched the web for information and came accross the website www.bit89.com which has an uninstall section and looking at it I had to download an uninstaller, nothing happened. My anti-virus then done its scheduled scan and when it got to the BrowserProtect folder AVG froze.
user comment
Question Markover a year ago
On Win XP the Windows task manager shows 2 instances of BrowserProtect.exe: User and SYSTEM. The user instance constantly generates a huge amount of page faults - although there is plenty of available RAM. Why?
user comment
santiover a year ago
This program doesn't show in the uninstall utility of windows. I am sick of this program, I don't know how to remove it.