Browser Malware is a constant problem for all computer users. In addition to being highly intrusive and sometimes difficult to remove, it is one of the most frequently modified types of malware currently in the wild; because of this, Anti-Malware and antivirus products may not detect and remove all new variants of browser infecting malware when they are released. In order to keep yourself safe in the hour or so before our detection definitions are updated, we had one of our blogger / support specialist Pieter Arntz (aka Metallica) write up a guide to help you detect and remove browser malware with both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as well as manually.
Types of browser malware
There are many types of malware that are interested in your surfing behavior and what you write online.
These browser hijackers are usually qualified as spyware or Trojans.
Other malware may take you to sites of their choice. These are usually called hijackers. Included in this category are the ones that generate pop-ups.
Not all of the above malware programs are standalone programs. You will understand that a browser extension, plugin, browser helper object or whatever the extensions of your browser are called, offer a very effective way of infiltrating your computer.