Web companion — a legitimate software which might not be as useful as it is described
Web companion is a potentially unwanted program which claims to add an extra layer to your PC's security.
Questions about Web companion
Web companion is a legitimate program which is developed by Lavasoft. The contrivers claim that this product should add an extra layer to your computer's security as it is designed to block the infiltration of browser hijackers, adware and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). In reality, this so-called security tool falls into the category of PUPs itself and cannot be trusted by computer users.
|Also known as||Ad-Aware Web companion|
|Distribution||This program spreads with the help of bundling technique|
|Symptoms||It might start delivering an excessive amount of fake virus detection alerts to trick users into purchasing the premium version of the software or paid features and additional add-ons|
|Removal||Get Reimage to uninstall Web companion right away|
The developers of Ad Aware Web companion admits that their product is distributed via popular marketing method, called bundling. They clearly identify in their FAQ that the application might appear on the computer without direct permission and start operating on the system:
Web Companion is most commonly distributed within another software product that you or someone who uses your PC has elected to install. This is known as “bundled software distribution” and is a practice widely used by software makers worldwide to make money while delivering free software to their end-users.
While some users might question what is Web companion, others refer to this program as Web companion virus. Security researchers indicate that this is not the right term to describe this software. Although, its activity might be annoying and cause trouble when trying to uninstall this so-called system protection tool.
Once installed, Web companion claims to protect against the following threats:
- Rogue websites;
- Invasive ads;
- Data tracking;
- Phishing scams.
However, users start receiving notifications about detected threats from Web companion Lavasoft. Unfortunately, these alerts do not have an expiry date. So, users are flooded with never-ending messages which might significantly deteriorate browsing experience or make it even unbearable.
Unfortunately, virus scan ads by Lavasoft Web companion are not necessarily trustworthy. Developers aim to generate revenue and try to trick people into believing that their computers are infected to continue using their less than reliable services. In some cases, users might even be prompted to purchase the premium version or install additional security tools.
Therefore, we recommend you to get a trustworthy tool to maintain your computer's security. You can remove Web companion with the help of an antivirus. Our experts advise using Reimage as it can also eliminate other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) hidden on your system.
Automatic Web companion removal doesn't take much time. So, you can start right away. Other ways of explaining how to get rid of this unreliable software are indicated at the end of this article.
Ways to avoid installing the bundled software
The answer to the question how did Lavasoft Web companion get installed on my computer is more than simple — this security tool spreads in a bundle with third-party applications. In other terms, you install the software during the installation of free programs. Even though this distribution technique is legitimate, users can fail to identify and reject programs they don't want to install.
Although, here are some tips on how to avoid the installation of additional components:
- Never agree to install programs with Quick or Recommended settings of the installer;
- Pick Custom or Advanced ones instead and follow the steps attentively;
- Search for pre-marked check marks which grant the permission to install PUPs;
- De-select them and run a full system scan with a professional antivirus.
Web companion uninstall guide
If you agree that this security tool is not useful, we recommend you to remove Web companion right away. You have two options — manual and automatic elimination.
According to BedyNet.ru researchers, the best way to protect the computer against potentially unwanted programs is to use a reliable antivirus. It will also uninstall all unnecessary applications from software-bundles, including Ad-Aware Web companion.
Although, manual Web companion removal is possible. For that, check the instructions presented at the end of this article. Read and follow them attentively to uninstall untrustworthy programs successfully.
You can remove Web companion automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes Malwarebytes, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareNorton Internet Security. 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.
To remove Web companion, follow these steps:
Get rid of Web companion from Windows systems
You can uninstall Web companion from Windows by following these guidelines:
- Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
- 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.
Uninstall Web companion and related programs
Here, look for Web companion or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
- Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Uninstall Web companion from Mac OS X system
- If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
- Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Web companion or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.