One of the things that many malware and viruses do while attacking the computer is enable dead or inactive TCP/UDP ports to start listening to malicious external requests. This process sometimes involves shutting down browsers’ native antivirus security features, which are specifically incorporated to prevent users from like threats. So, unless you deploy a smart malware detection solution, you may not be able to find and remove the bugs that surreptitiously deteriorate your browser’s performance. Most antivirus suites are programmed to detect the malware only when they are accessed or moved to main memory as a part of the basic application operation request. Even if it’s not loaded into the memory, it can change the browsers’ native features that help prevent external attacks. Developed by Anvisoft, Browser Repair offers a robust solution to tackle malware and threats that attempt to change browsers’ native features. As of now, it supports only Internet Explorer, but has some options, which can resolve issues that you may be facing in other browsers as well.
The Internet Explorer-specific options include Clear BHO plugin, Reset WinSockLSP, Clear Outlook Express Title Bar, Restore IE Default Security Item, Repair Network Associated Items and more. You can even manipulate the DNS server address from within the application. This feature is specifically added to counter those rougueweare and spyware that change your DHCP and DNS server addresses to alter the request send and receive route. Using the DNS settings, you can instantly modify or revert the DNS server address if changed by viruses, malware and other like attacks.
Before you run the application, make sure that you have required administrative privileges to modify the Internet Explorer settings, as some of its options may not respond via standard user account. The application doesn’t work in conjunction with installed web security solution nor does it prompt you when malware is detected, instead it helps your anti-virus reset the changes made to your browser. The main screen shows all the available tweaks and options that can normalize network settings, Internet Explorer native features’ settings and more.
Using the app is simple, and it takes just a click to perform the selected repair operation(s). At the top, it holds options to restore the IE default title bar and homepage. You can select Use Blank Page to forcibly redirect IE to blank page even if an antivirus has forcibly changed it. The main window has a total of 22 options that you can use to reset Internet Explorer to default settings.
As stated earlier, you can easily reset and change the primary & secondary DNS server address without navigating to Internet Connection properties sheet. The Reset DNS option restores the default DNS server address (provided by the ISP), whereas other options let you use free DNS services including Google DNS, OpenDNS, OpenDNS Family, Norton DNS, DNS Advantage and Scrubit DNS.
It’s worth mentioning here that some options may require system reboot to make required changes to the browser. During testing, it failed to repair the file associations, remove IE content advisor and block Windows Startup pop-up until we rebooted our system. So, it’s highly advisable to reboot the system after fixing the issues to normalize all the selected settings.
Browser Repair Tool works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Support for Google Chrome and Firefox is in the pipeline. We tested it with Internet Explorer 9 on our Windows 7 x64 system.