I left my desktop computer on as I normally do while my husband, son and I went out for a morning of shopping. When I returned home, I didn’t get on the computer right away. Tonight, when I got on the computer I noticed that Google Chrome was missing off of my desktop and that a browser called “BoBrowser” was installed in it’s place. It mimics Google Chrome in that it uses a similar icon and makes you think that you’re going to legit websites.
If you see any words in this that are clickable, do not click the words. I haven’t completely managed to get rid of all the BoBrowser stuff yet.
I noticed that my AVG protection had all kinds of warnings up telling me that my computer was loaded with malware and viruses, which doesn’t happen ever. I also noticed that there were tons of icons on my desktop that weren’t there before. When you open this BoBrowser, you will see that there are ad’s galore all over pages that don’t contain ad’s such as the Social Security Administration page. It will also automatically open various tabs while you’re on a page.
This new BoBrowser is apparently a virus and it seemingly installed it’s self while ridding my computer of my beloved Chrome. Be aware that if you see this on your desktop along with the many icons, you will need something strong to uninstall it. The first thing you want to do is go down to your toolbar where the clock is and close on BoBrowser and then you want to go to another browser you have on your computer, for instance you can use Internet Explorer. Go and download a program called Iobit Installerand then go in through your regular control panel, click remove programs and find BoBrowser and make sure that when you click uninstall, Iobit installer opens up. Then select the program and press the green button at the bottom called Powerful uninstall. After it uninstalls the program it will say “Do you want to clean up the files left behind” press yes and then press “Shred files” then “Remove Files”. This is very important because, BoBrowser installs tons of cache’s and embeds its-self in your computer leaving behind tons of files that typical uninstallation doesn’t get rid of.
Once you have finished doing all of that, restart your computer and when your desktop reloads, make sure that it’s no longer on your desktop or in your system files.
So, this is what you should see when you open the iobit Powerful Uninstaller Program
Then once you click uninstall of the program, you’ll see this
Make sure that you do not select “Create restore point before uninstalling”. You don’t want this sort of thing to remain anywhere in your computer, no chance of back up!
Next you’ll have this option which begins scanning for any leftovers. With BoBrowser you will have left overs so once it finds them, you’ll be taken to another screen which allows you to “Select all” make sure you click the check box and that every single file left behind is checked and then press the check box that says “Shred Files” and then click “Clean up”
I had already gotten rid of BoBrowser before writing this blog and taking screen captures so these screen captures are from another program I uninstalled.