[Windows] Browser Repair Tool repairs your browser and network settings after malware infection

Often when your computer is infected with malware, you will find that it has made changes to your browser settings. These may range from comparatively harmless changes to your homepage or search engine to more serious threats such as installations of plugins that may be used to spy on your activity or change the browser’s security settings to make your computer more vulnerable to future attacks. These changes may not be easily removed by some of the popular malware scanners and the only option would be to completely uninstall your browser and reinstall it once again. However uninstalling your browser may mean losing all of your settings (e.g. bookmarks) unless you have backed them up or uninstalling may not even be possible, such as with Internet Explorer. As such, having a tool that can check for problems within your browser and fix them would be a better option and that is what Browser Repair Tool does.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

Browser Repair Tool is a tool that repairs browser and networking settings which have been changed by malware. The tool scans and fixes any errors/changes in regards to homepage changes, safe startup items, DNS settings, Title Bar, BHO plug-in, and more.

Pros

  • Offers a large number of repair options, doing a good job at undoing any changes malware may have made
  • Is portable

Cons

  • Can repair problems only on Internet Explorer at the moment but Firefox and Chrome support is said to to come with v2.0
  • Displays ads

Discussion

Browser Repair Tool is a simple program that has only one major function: repair the browser and network settings changed by malware infections. Currently Browser Repair Tool is compatible only with the Internet Explorer though the makers have confirmed that they will be adding support to Firefox and Chrome in the next version.

The program is portable and can be launched directly by opening the downloaded file. Here you are presented with a long list of repair options that the program can perform.

The list of options includes restoring the IE Title Bar and the Homepage (there is also an option to use a blank page), restoring the default search engine, Explorer Security Item, IE as default browser, desktop icon, Favorites, and more. There are more than 20 repair options provided, though you are not required to use them all — you can pick and chose. In fact, not all of the repair options are selected as default and you will have to make appropriate selections depending on how much problem your browser is experiencing.

You can also reset the DNS settings for your computer by clicking on the Reset DNS Settings button near the top-right corner. The right hand side of the interface also displays the Network Status and whether you are connected to the internet or not, giving you quick information bout your connection staus.

Conclusion and Download Link

By focusing solely on internet browsers, Browser Repair Tool proves itself to be a very useful software for those who are experiencing problems with their browsers following a malware infection and are unable to fix the problem using malware scanners/removers. However the fact that it is compatible only with the Internet Explorer means that people who use other browsers will have to wait until the developers release the second version of the program. Although, you should remember, Internet Explorer comes with all Windows, so even if you don’t use it you still have it installed… so it is a good idea to repair it following an infection using Browser Repair Tool.

Price: Free

Note: The download page this program says “download trial”. I’m not sure why it says “trial” but if you scroll down the same page you will see “Price:FREE”. As far as I can tell, this is a completely free program (at least right now) — I don’t know why it says “download trial”.

Version reviewed: v1.0.39

Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista /7

Download size: 0.6MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 2/44

Portability: Portable, no installation required

Browser Repair Tool download page

[via Ghacks]

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11 comments

  1. Mardel53

    @DoktorThomas:
    I do agree that people can believe that a computer is smarter than they are. I know people that won’t go near one because of that. I learned the hard way when I was learning Windows 95 (yep)
    I was so discouraged that I was going to return the computer to the store and say forget it.
    Then I looked at it and said, “I bought you…….it is my money………and you will do what I want” I proceeded to learn it by writing down every step of the way so I would remember how I got there.
    To this day, I will try and outsmart anything and get help when needed (that is why I like dottech.org). Thanks for your advice.
    and I do intend to remove Trend as I know there are better things out there. Just got lazy I guess.

  2. DoktorThomas

    @Mardel53: “Can” and “does” are worlds apart. I don’t want any software, automobile, appliance or other device to “think” it is smarter than me (it isn’t) and override my decisions (in this case clicking). Companies that build that junk should be put out of business. Computers cannot think.
    Use Revo to un-install Trend (they aren’t what they once were) and get Comodo Internet Security (yes, there is a free version). On occasion a warning screen appears but you can get past that… easily.

  3. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Mardel53: Glad you enjoy dotTech — you are welcome!
    @Ed: I disagree. Showing ads within a program does not make it shareware or adware, as long as the ads only show within the program itself or maybe a popup while using the program.

  4. Ed

    Why would I download a tool that is supposed to fix my browser only to have it throw ads my way?

    Seems kind of fishy and conspicuous to me, although there were only two antivirus’ that picked anything up on virustotal but I think those were the ones that got it right.

    By the way, lets set the record straight for the future……. Free or Freeware means EXACTLY that, 100% no BS FREE, no adds and no nags.
    What you offer here in “Browser Reapair Tool” SHOULD be more appropriately called SHAREWARE or ADWARE.

  5. Mardel53

    @Ashraf:
    I just now checked it out on SiteAdvisor; It claims: anvisoft.com We tested this site and didn’t find any significant problems.

    I wish I knew why Trend does this; I am about ready to uninstall and return to Avast like I have been using on my old computer; never have had problems with that one with Avast. I really appreciate your site and hope you keep up the good work here. Thanks for taking time to respond as I know you have a hectic schedule.

  6. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @Mardel53: To be honest I dont have a lot of confidence in Trend Micro. Have you tried looking up the page on WOT or SiteAdvisor? If you see the VirusTotal link above, this program appears to be clean — I dont know if the website has other infected downloads or not.

  7. Mardel53

    Every so often when I read an article here and click on the “download” page link, I sometimes get a warning and the page is blocked by “Trend” Internet security which I am using since it came free with my Dell computer. I have always used Avast but with this new computer, decided to leave Trend on until it expires. Anyway, this link you gave was blocked. It claims that “Trend” has confirmed that this website can transmit malicious software or has been involved in on line scams or frauds. I usually then just forget about it and don’t go any further. Now I thought I would report this to see what others do about this warning. I am hoping that it can be a false positive but this is the first time that it says that it has been confirmed, etc.