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Remove WebBar (Virus Removal Guide) - Feb 2019 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Web Bar is a deceptive toolbar that adds a search bar at top of your screen

WebBar infection

Questions about WebBar

Web Bar is a potentially unwanted program that has been infecting users' computers since 2015. Typically, it spreads attached to freeware or shareware installers. Once established, the PUP modifies settings of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or another browser and sets a search bar at the top of Windows desktop. Users are then forced to browse through WebBar search engine which has mostly been working on generating income to its developers. Unfortunately, the end user might suffer from continual redirects to suspicious sites, sponsored links, pop-up ads, altered search results which consequently may induce malware infection or even cause data leakage. However, there is no way to disable the search bar at the top of your screen, unless you remove Web Bar from the system entirely.

Name Web Bar
Type Browser hijacker/PUP
Developer Web Bar Media
Distribution Software bundling, the official website
Symptoms The search bar is added at top of screen, suspicious redirects, pop-up ads, and similar unwanted commercial content disturb web browsing sessions
Main dangers Malware infection, data leak
Elimination Check our manual guide below or use anti-virus software
Optimization To clean your device and recover from PUP damage, use Reimage

Security experts do not recommend installing Web Bar. However, this potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] might sneak into the system without asking direct permission. Developers apply bundling technique to achieve this goal.

Once inside the system, Web Bar virus might make system modifications and alter the browser’s settings in order to control your browsing sessions. As a result, you can find a huge search bar at top of the desktop and be forced to use it each time you start your browsing. However, the results that are provided cannot be trusted as they are typically filled with commercial links into search results or trigger redirects to suspicious third-party sites.

Moreover, the hijacker might display targeted advertisements that are labeled as Web Bar ads during browsing. Usually, these ads are based on your browsing history, because the PUP might collect information about users, such as:

  • IP address,
  • technical information about the browser or operating system,
  • search queries,
  • recently visited websites and pages,
  • other browsing-related information.

Furthermore, the developers of Web Bar also may collect personal information (which is quite alarming), as stated in their Privacy Policy:

We may collect Personal Data and Anonymous Data when you download the Browser. We may also collect Personal Data when you send us information or communications directly. “Personal Data” means data that allows someone to identify or contact you including, without limitation, your name, physical address, electronic mail (email) address, phone number, and credit card information (collectively, your “Personal Data”) for the purposes of recording the transaction when you engage in activities on the Site or through use of the Browser.

WebBar Privacy policy
The Privacy policy of WebBar states that personal information might be collected when using developer's services

The biggest dangers are related to WebBar redirect problems. The potentially unwanted application might trigger sudden redirects or display ads[2] that lead to infected or phishing[3] websites. Experts from[4] claim that having this program installed keeps you closer to malware attack.

That's why we think that you should remove Web Bar search bar from your computer. For that, you can use the manual removal method or automatic removal. If you don't want to download anything to your machine, you can follow a guide below and remove this program manually.

However, we think that you should scan your computer with anti-spyware just to be sure that Web Bar removal is completed successfully. After that, we suggest you install Reimage and perform a full scan. This will ensure that the elimination of virus damage caused by the PUP.

Free programs help to spread browser hijacker

In most of the cases, redirect starts interrupting PC users out of nowhere because this program is capable of infiltrating computers with the help of freeware and shareware. For avoiding an unexpected appearance of this program, you have to start monitoring installation of the freeware because there are lots of applications that are filled with suspicious components trying to infiltrate computers unnoticed.

After you decide to install a free application, make sure you check what is said on its Privacy Policy[5] and End User's License Agreement.[6] Also, you should select Custom or Advanced installation method to see what components are added to your freeware. These methods will also help you opt out of unwanted components that may be trying to enter your computer behind your back.

 WebBar toolbar
WebBar is a highly suspicious application that should not be installed on your computer. It may alter web browser settings and redirect to dubious sites

Eliminate Web Bar virus correctly

Web Bar removal requires uninstalling the program from the Control Panel and look up for the suspicious add-on in each of the browser installed on your PC. The guide below will help you to get rid of search bar from the top screen and all other components of this PUP.

However, you can also run a full system scan with reputable security software to remove Web Bar automatically. This method is perfect for those who are not advanced computer user or simply want to save some time for more pleasant activities.

As soon as you get rid of Web Bar from your screen, you should rest each of the installed browsers. This will ensure that any settings that might have been modified by a hijacker are reset. For that, follow the instructions below.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove WebBar, follow these steps:

Erase WebBar from Windows systems

Go to Control Panel and access Uninstall a Program. Here look up for WebBar and uninstall it together with other unknown applications. Then reset all web browsers that are installed on your PC.

  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 WebBar and related programs
    Here, look for WebBar 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'
  5. Remove WebBar from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove WebBar 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 WebBar 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'

Uninstall WebBar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the steps to remove virus-related entries from the Explorer:

  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 WebBar 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 WebBar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate WebBar from Microsoft Edge

These instructions will help you to eliminate hijacker-related entries from the 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, WebBar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete WebBar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check Firefox extensions and get rid of questionable ones:

  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 WebBar 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete WebBar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of WebBar from Google Chrome

To remove Web Bar entirely, reset 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 WebBar 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete WebBar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase WebBar 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 WebBar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by WebBar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 WebBar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. James says:
    December 7th, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Seriously?! All this time I was dealing with a fake browser?

  2. Stephw says:
    April 23rd, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I dont know about you, but I found looking at the Webbar site itself more useful then the Spyhunter…. and also it costs a ton of money to fix all issues of the Webbar. -_-

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