TechBrolo malware: How it works and how to remove it

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
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This article covers everything you need to know about the TechBrolo malware, what it is, how it works, and how to completely remove it from your computer.

Malware simply means malicious software (or badware), and these are created with the intent to harm or destroy your data, and devices.

But what then is TechBrolo?

In order to understand what kind of malware TechBrolo is, it is important to know the common types of malware that take over your computer, and their unique traits.

Types of malware

Virus: Just like viruses that affect the human system, computer viruses attach themselves to your files and infect them, then spread hysterically while corrupting your files (sometimes deleting them), and damaging your system’s functionalities. These usually appear on your laptop as .exe or executable files.

Ransomware: This type holds your computer hostage threatening to destroy or erase your files and data, unless a ransom is paid to its creator.

Trojan: This malware comes across as legitimate software, but hides among your other clean files and if it goes unnoticed, it moves silently, creating backdoors in your computer’s security system, which then allows other malware into your system.

Spyware: As its name suggests, this malware is meant to spy on your system. It hides in your system, taking stock of all your online activities, while saving important and private details such as your passwords, credit card details and your browsing history.

Worms: This type infects your devices using your network’s interface. The more devices they find their way into, the higher the rates of infection.

Adware: This disguises itself through advertising software that can compromise your computer’s security system to serve you with ads, which then let in more malware.

TechBrolo Malware

TechBrolo is a JavaScript malware (Trojan), usually classified as ‘rogue’, or ‘support scam’.

This malware is hosted on malicious sites, which is why it takes the form of advertising or paid search results, cold calls from ‘tech support agents’, popup warning or ads, and the popular email scams.

The main characteristic of TechBrolo is the fake alerts that require you to call tech support, then pay a fee in order to get assistance.

How TechBrolo gets into your computer system

Unsuspecting users are tricked into downloading freeware, or opening spam emails, and other third-party installation setups, which ideally is an open door for letting TechBrolo, and other malware in.

Sometimes the usual activity such as playing online games, downloading pirated software, using infected devices, visiting suspicious links such as popups, pornographic, or torrents, as well as updating your programs or applications from unsupported links, are a sure way for TechBrolo to gain access.

Once in, TechBrolo wastes no time and immediately adds malicious codes that corrupt your files, and compromise your computer’s security.

Some symptoms you will begin to see (or probably have already) manifest because of TechBrolo include:

  • Bogus popup warnings, and alerts that your ‘computer is at risk due to critical error or severe virus or malware
  • Notice that you should purchase a ‘registered version to overcome those issues’

If left unchecked, TechBrolo malware can degrade your system’s performance, change your browser settings and redirect to unusual sites, insert unknown infections and malicious codes to your Registry Editor and other executable files, keep sending fake error warnings, slows down network connectivity, and steals private data (like IP address, login credentials, browsing history etc.).

How to remove TechBrolo malware

There are two ways to remove TechBrolo from your computer (Windows or Mac):

  • Manually remove
  • Automatically remove (using an antivirus)

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How to manually remove TechBrolo malware

To remove TechBrolo from your Windows OS, you can do one of three things:

  • Use Task Manager to end the process by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC, click ‘Processes’, then select ‘End process’.
  • Remove malware from your Registry Editor by pressing Win+R to open the Run window, type ‘regedit’, click OK, then find all registry files related to Rogue:JS/TechBrolo.
  • Alternatively, you can manually remove by uninstalling the malware, as explained below for Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10.

If you’re using Windows 10 or 8, follow these steps to remove TechBrolo:

  1. Right click the Start button
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Go to Programs and Features
  4. Click Uninstall
  5. Find Rogue:JS/TechBrolo and related files
  6. Click Uninstall

If you’re using Windows 7 or Vista, follow these steps to remove TechBrolo:

  1. Click Start button
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Go to Programs and Features
  4. Find Rogue:JS/TechBrolo and related files
  5. Click Remove

If you’re using Windows XP, follow these steps to remove TechBrolo:

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Choose Add/Remove Programs
  4. Look for Rogue:JS/TechBrolo files
  5. Click ‘Remove’

Finally, reboot your computer, then run the scan again to remove any remaining suspicious programs in the system.

How to automatically remove TechBrolo malware

For Windows OS, you can download and run genuine Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat such as Windows Defender Antivirus (Windows 8 &10), Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7 and Vista), Microsoft Safety Scanner, or Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

READ ALSO: Windows Defender touted as the safest malware protection tool

Once you download any of these software, follow the steps below to execute the removal:

  • Double click on the anti-malware software
  • Run a system scan to detect Rogue:JS/TechBrolo and related files
  • Once scan is complete, click Fix Threats to get rid of the malware and any hidden viruses

How to remove TechBrolo extensions and add-ons

If you’re using Chrome, internet Explorer, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge, here’s how to remove any extensions and add-ons related to TechBrolo malware.

Remember, TechBrolo brings changes to your browser settings, so you also need to clean it up.

Chrome

  • Click menu on the Chrome browser toolbar
  • Select Tools
  • Select Extensions
  • Click the trash icon on the extensions you want to remove
  • Click Remove on the dialog that appears

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge does not have ‘Extension’ provision, so you can only reset the homepage, and the search engine to remove TechBrolo.

To reset the homepage, go to: More>Settings>Open With> select a specific page/pages>select recommended website from dropdown list>type favorite website with Custom option

To reset the search engine, go to: More>Settings>View advanced settings>Add new>Search in the address bar with>type in favorite search engine>Add as default

Internet Explorer

  • Click Internet Explorer
  • Select Tools
  • Click Manage add-ons
  • Under ‘show’ click All add-ons
  • Remove unwanted add-ons (if they can’t be deleted, click remove then close, or click Disable)

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Firefox

  • Open Firefox
  • Go to the menu and choose Add-ons
  • Select Extensions or Appearance
  • Remove unwanted extensions
  • Click Disable/Remove
  • Click Restart now (in case it pops up)

Tips to prevent malware attacks

In order to protect your computer from any future malware entry or attacks, here are some tips you can use:

  1. Use strong passcodes and two-step verification where applicable
  2. Connect to secure Wi-Fi
  3. Keep your system regularly updated
  4. Block popups and turn off auto-fill when you revisit a website to prevent identity theft
  5. Clean up your desktop to speed up your computer
  6. Install an anti-virus if you don’t have one
  7. Conduct regular scans
  8. Clean up your disk drive and defragment your computer (speeds up the machine)
  9. Always check your downloads and delete what you don’t need
  10. Backup important files – you can also back up your data offline (using storage disks) or online (cloud storage) – as often as daily
  11. Avoid opening spam emails, suspicious links, visiting unknown websites and making purchases from unverified sellers.

Checklist of the common warning signs for malware infection

  • Unexpected onscreen ads appear, some say ‘virus detected’, but they’re rogue
  • An audio message starts playing
  • Popups that ask you to pay for a program to remove a ‘virus’
  • System is slow when starting up, and overall performance is sluggish (and it’s not caused by your computer memory)
  • Lack of storage space on your hard drive
  • Files are missing, or are encrypted
  • System freezes or shuts down
  • Programs open and close automatically
  • Odd error messages
  • Your hard disk is excessively active – warning signs include continual noises or constant spins even when not using your computer
  • Sluggish web browser
  • The browser on your home page keeps changing or you keep being redirected to unusual websites
  • Increased activity (from the usual) on your internet connection
  • Email and social media pages hijacked – this is common today when your email contacts and social media acquaintances or friends, receive messages from you that you didn’t post or send
  • Computer security is compromised such that you cannot install or even open your antivirus program or firewall
  • You’re unable to use common tools such as Task Manager or Registry Editor
  • You get a message saying ‘your administrator has disabled this…’
  • A program demands that you pay a ransom before accessing your files again
  • A security program sends scary popup warnings, yet you never installed it in the first place
  • Sometimes everything may look okay, but some malware like bots hide quietly waiting for instruction before executing commands, or a remote Trojan is busy picking up information. Always run a scan to be sure.

Keep your computer healthy, and it will serve you well for a long time.

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