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Should I remove PowerfulBrowse?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
83% remove it17% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #38,166
United States Rank #28,066
Reach 0.0028%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 4.96 days
146.27 days >
Average installed length: 76.86 days


2014.07.20.040723 1.82%
2014.07.19.080715 1.82%
2014.07.18.160703 1.82%
2014.07.14.160628 1.82%
2014.07.14.000618 1.82%
2014.07.13.200617 3.64%
2014.07.13.000608 1.82%
2014.07.12.000557 1.82%
2014.07.07.230616 1.82%
2014.07.05.230557 1.82%
2014.07.05.110549 1.82%
2014.07.05.070548 1.82%
2014.07.04.230542 1.82%
2014.07.04.150537 1.82%
2014.07.01.110457 1.82%
2014.06.29.070430 1.82%
2014.06.29.030427 1.82%
2014.06.26.070353 1.82%
2014.06.25.230350 1.82%
2014.06.24.110331 1.82%
2014.06.24.070333 1.82%
2014.06.23.190324 1.82%
2014.06.22.110309 1.82%
2014.06.20.190250 1.82%
2014.06.18.230230 1.82%
2014.06.15.150157 1.82%
2014.06.14.150148 1.82%
2014.06.14.030143 1.82%
2014.06.06.014304 7.27%
2014.06.02.050402 3.64%
2014.05.21.003350 3.64%
2014.05.17.004159 1.82%
2014.05.06.194743 1.82%
2014.05.05.191848 29.09%


What is PowerfulBrowse?

PowerfulBrowse is an adware browser extension that will display banner and text-context link ads aimed to promote the installation of additional questionable content including web browser toolbars, optimization utilities and other products. It will cause random web page text is turned into hyperlinks and may also lead to the installation of other unwanted adware programs to be installed without the user's knowledge.


The most used version is 2014.05.05.191848, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is updatePowerfulBrowse.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 14 files and is usually about 1.08 MB (1,135,181 bytes).
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PowerfulBrowse.
updatePowerfulBrowse.exe (8d6741a0999d2bd53b35d954f59258fa) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 8.9868 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
Malwarebytes v2014.05.30.06 PUP.Optional.PowerfulBrowse.A
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7115 Heuristic.LooksLike.Win32.Suspicious.I
PowerfulBrowseBHO.dll (478c148bc7ab7907eb36849adab91302) has been flagged by the following 40 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.BrowseFox.BR
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Agent!
ALYac Adware.BrowseFox.BR
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare]/Win32.Agent.ahbx
Arcabit Adware.BrowseFox.BR
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:BrowseFox-BD [PUP]
AVG BrowseFox.F
Avira ADWARE/BrowseFox.Gen2
AVware Yontoo (fs)
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.F
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.BrowseFox.BR
Bkav FE W32.HfsAdware.11B2
CAT-QuickHeal 14.00 AdWare.Agent.r5 (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 22485 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Cyren W32/Adware.ZPIO-1794
Dr.Web Trojan.Yontoo.1734
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.BrowseFox.BR (B)
ESET-NOD32 11804 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Adware/Agent
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.BrowseFox.BR
G Data 25 Adware.BrowseFox.BR
Jiangmin 16.0.100 Adware/Agent.kor
K7 AntiVirus 9.205.16279 Trojan ( 0049f9c61 )
K7GW 9.205.16280 Trojan ( 0049f9c61 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Agent.baj
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Agent.ah.(kcloud)
McAfee Artemis!478C148BC7AB
McAfee-GW-Edition v2015 Artemis!PUP
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.BrowseFox.BR
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Agent.dbidev
nProtect 2015-06-17.01 Trojan-Clicker/W32.Agent.249640.C
Panda Antivirus Trj/CI.A
Qihoo-360 HEUR/Malware.QVM30.Gen
SUPERAntiSpyware Adware.BrowseFox/Variant
Symantec 20141.2.0.56 PUA.Gen.2
Tencent Trojan.Win32.Qudamah.Gen.13
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R007C0EE515
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R007C0EE515
VIPRE Antivirus 41232 Yontoo (fs)
Zillya Adware.Agent.Win32.9541
752db875-491f-4d2e-a8b9-2f7037879194.dll (efbc200445ef7c4930dc3b2b2fc5694b) has been flagged by the following 28 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Agent.4
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Agent!
Avira AntiVir APPL/BrowseFox.Gen2
Antiy-AVL GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent
AVG BrowseFox.F
Bitdefender 7.2 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Agent.4
Comodo Security 18604 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.88
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Agent.4 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9971 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Fortinet FortiGate Adware/Agent
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Agent.4
G Data 24 Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Agent.4
Jiangmin 16.0.100 Adware/Agent.kor
K7 AntiVirus 9.180.12463 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.180.12463 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.ahbx
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Agent.ah.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.PowerfulBrowse.A
McAfee Artemis!EFBC200445EF
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!EFBC200445EF
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.BHO.Agent.4
Panda Antivirus Trj/CI.A
Qihoo-360 Win32/Trojan.Adware.dbc
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA JG
SUPERAntiSpyware Adware.BrowseFox/Variant
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0614
VIPRE Antivirus 30470 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 71 all detections
PowerfulBrowse 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

Displayed publisher: PowerfulBrowse
URL: powerfulbrowse.com/support
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\PowerfulBrowse
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\PowerfulBrowse\PowerfulBrowseuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.08 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PowerfulBrowse

Program executable:updatePowerfulBrowse.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\PowerfulBrowse\updatePowerfulBrowse.exe
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) 752db875-491f-4d2e-a8b9-2f7037879194.dll - PowerfulBrowse
  • (Malware detected) 77AAC9C3-3F4B-45B4-A866-46B188082D02.dll
  • (Malware detected) 89E4E92D-C934-4FC2-A2A3-9C93E035BB9B.dll
  • (Malware detected) PowerfulBrowseBHO.dll
  • 7za.exe (by Igor Pavlov) - 7-Zip (7-Zip Standalone Console)
  • PowerfulBrowseUn.exe
  • PowerfulBrowseUninstall.exe
  • (Malware detected) updatePowerfulBrowse.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • PowerfulBrowseBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PowerfulBrowse' with the class of {2d2873ba-db4e-4e29-8619-e16cf86fb9bb}.
  • 89E4E92D-C934-4FC2-A2A3-9C93E035BB9B.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'PowerfulBrowse' with the class of {2d2873ba-db4e-4e29-8619-e16cf86fb9bb}.
  • updatePowerfulBrowse.exe runs as a service named 'Update PowerfulBrowse' (Update PowerfulBrowse).

How do I remove PowerfulBrowse?

You can uninstall PowerfulBrowse 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 PowerfulBrowse, 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 PowerfulBrowse.
  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 PowerfulBrowse you can restore them to their previous default settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 7 2%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 83%
Keep it 17%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 58.18%
Windows 10 27.27%
Windows Vista 10.91%
Windows XP 3.64%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 43.64%
Windows 8 14.55%
Windows 8.1 12.73%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 9.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.27%
Windows 7 Professional 5.45%

Distribution by countryGeography

68.42% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 68.42%
  Australia 17.11%
  United Kingdom 7.89%
  Canada 5.26%
  Chile 1.32%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 41.67%
Toshiba 16.67%
ASUS 10.42%
Acer 10.42%
Lenovo 6.25%
Dell 4.17%
Samsung 4.17%
Gateway 2.08%
Sony 2.08%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 5.77%
HP 15 Notebook PC 1.92%
Dell Inspiron 530s 1.92%
Acer Veriton M4620G 1.92%
TOSHIBA Satellite L555D 1.92%
TOSHIBA Satellite A500 1.92%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com


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