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Ads by WebBrowser. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - -   Also known as WebBrowser ads, WebBrowser virus, WebBrowser adware | Type: Adware

What is WebBrowser?

WebBrowser is a legitimate tool that supposedly has been designed to enhance your web browsing experience. However, it's just the way its developers introduce it. Security experts have a 'slightly' differed point of view towards this program. They claim that it's another adware and a potentially unwanted program that seeks to generate income for its developers. Therefore, WebBrowser is not recommended installing and using. If it manages to get inside computer, it may hijack all most popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and cause a real havoc on each of them. First of all, it may install tracking software and start monitoring what websites do you prefer visiting, how long do you stay on them, what data do you enter, what search terms do you type and so on. Once an appropriate amount of information is collected, it's transmitted to third-party advertisers. You should not ignore that because third parties later use information about you against you. For example, you may receive tons of appealing advertisements that may be marked as 'Ads by WebBrowser', 'Powered by WebBrowser', 'Delivered by WebBrowser' and so on. Be very careful because they may be created according to your preferences but filled with suspicious links. However, since no one knows if this app is set to promote reliable websites, there is a high-risk of landing on corrupted third-party website and installing another misleading program on your computer. In addition to that, WebBrowser virus is known for decreasing system's performance, increasing security vulnerabilities and opening the gates to other potentially unwanted programs. Thus, we highly recommend you to get rid of this adware as soon as possible. For that, we recommend using Reimage.

How can WebBrowser hijack my computer?

WebBrowser is a browser add-on that can bee added to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer web browsers. In most of the cases, it gets inside computer without being noticed and start causing a real havoc. Fortunately, it is not a virus or malware, so it is not correct to say that it infiltrates computer without user's permission asked. In fact, it gets inside unnoticed using 'bundling'. In this way, it is set to ask for user's permission; however, people have to be very careful in order to spot additional components and opt out of them. The problem is that additional programs are not disclosed properly, I.e they are indicated in the check boxes during installation in a tricky manner and set as default. Thus, if you are not attentive enough when installing various freewares, you may easily end up with an adware or other potentially unwanted program on your computer. That's why we always recommend selecting Advanced or Custom installation option and checking every notification carefully. You may notice check boxes offering to install recommended browser add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars or extensions that are going to be installed by default unless you unmark them. We do not recommend accepting them because later on you may be bothered by intrusive advertisements, redirects, and other suspicious activities on your computer. If you have already experienced WebBrowser redirects, do not ignore this application anymore.

How to remove WebBrowser virus?

WebBrowser removal may be accomplished with the help of the guidelines that are given below:

You can remove WebBrowser automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove WebBrowser ads, follow these steps:

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Erase WebBrowser from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall WebBrowser and related programs
    Here, look for WebBrowser or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Get rid of WebBrowser from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for WebBrowser or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Uninstall WebBrowser from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for WebBrowser and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete WebBrowser removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove WebBrowser ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, WebBrowser should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete WebBrowser from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select WebBrowser and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete WebBrowser removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate WebBrowser from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select WebBrowser and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete WebBrowser removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Erase WebBrowser from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for WebBrowser or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete WebBrowser removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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