WebHelper and utorentie.exe generate annoying ads to computer users
WebHelper virus is an ad-supported program silently runs in your computer system as a utorrentie.exe process. If you use uTorrent to download files and programs, Web Helper can open and play advertisements for you. Such activity isn’t malicious, but it is highly annoying. For this reason, many people try to find ways to remove WebHelper from their computers.
However, just deleting the file associated with WebHelper hardly helps to get rid of it for good. Usually, the file comes back again as uTorrent reinstalls it. It is an add-on for the P2P file sharing software which can serve various advertisements based on user’s browsing activities and searches performed online.
The described adware might play audio ads and confuse users since it is difficult to see what program or process does it. Web Helper sound can be detected by opening Windows Audio Mixer. Sadly, disabling sound on WebHelper solves the issue temporarily only.
Audio advertisements served by Web Helper are annoying, but what is worse is that pop-ups and banners the user might see during browsing sessions can contain links leading to possibly insecure websites. Besides, utorrentie.exe process silently uses your CPU power to communicate with affiliate sites and load their advertisements for the computer user.
The biggest problem such activity causes are regular computer slowdowns. We are sure that you do not want to deal with such virtual annoyances, so WebHelper removal is a highly advisable option.
If you can’t remove WebHelper adware using usual adware removal methods, there is a method you can use to put an end to utorrentie.exe activities manually. We strongly recommend using instructions we prepared to wipe Web Helper adware off the system.
WebHelper removal should be completed with a full system scan. Therefore, if you do not have a security software to clean your computer automatically, consider installing and using one of these programs – Reimage or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.
Ways to install ad-supported add-ons
Although WebHelper is part of uTorrent, you can install similar ad-supported programs unknowingly, so we want to provide you with a guide on how to prevent such things from happening.
- When installing free software, you should opt for Custom or Advanced installation options. These will give you an opportunity to see all extra items added to your download.
- If you do not do it and rely on Standard or Default installation options, you will simply clutter your computer with potentially unwanted programs because these installation options tend to include statements granting your permission to install all suggested additions.
- Simply pick Custom or Advanced option and deselect the extras you don’t want on your computer.
Remove WebHelper ads for good
There is a way to remove WebHelper virus for good. Keep in mind that it isn’t a critical computer program and it hardly poses a threat to your security, however, Zondervirus.nl team says that its activities are highly annoying, to say at least.
WebHelper removal can be completed using steps given below. Also, you can check the system for regular adware/browser hijacking software with anti-malware software. Some of the programs we recommend are listed below.
You can remove WebHelper automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. 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.
Manual WebHelper virus Removal Guide:
Remove WebHelper from Windows systems
Remove WebHelper (utorrentie.exe) by creating a fake copy of its executive file. Here is what you need to do:
- First, end uTorrent process running on your computer. Simply press Ctrl + Alt + Del, select it and click End Task.
- Go to C:\Users\[YOUR COMPUTER NAME]\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent\updates and then open the folder named after the uTorrent version you're using. Inside this folder, you will find utorrentie.exe file. Do not do anything with it.
- Go back one folder and right-click anywhere in it. Select New > Text Document and name it however you want, let's say test.txt. Press anywhere in the folder to save the name and then open the text file you just created. Go to File>Save As.
- Now, choose the location to save the new file. Select the folder that contains utorrentie.exe file and save the file under uttorentie.exe name here. You must select All files in the Save as type option.
- You will be asked whether you want to overwrite the file that already exists. Click Yes.
- You can now delete the test.exe file from the updates folder. Go to the folder containing utorrentie.exe file. Right-click on this file and select Properties.
- In General tab, put a check on Read-only option in the Attributes section. Click Apply and OK.
TIP: Some computer experts suggest disabling automatic uTorrent updates to solve the problem, however, we do not consider such move to be safe (speaking about your computer's security).
- 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 WebHelper and related programs
Here, look for WebHelper or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
- Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
- Remove WebHelper from Windows shortcuts
Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
- Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
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.WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari
Remove WebHelper 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 WebHelper or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
Remove WebHelper from Internet Explorer (IE)
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.
- You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for WebHelper and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
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.
- Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Reset Internet Explorer
Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
- Here, select Reset.
- When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete WebHelper removal.
Remove WebHelper virus from Microsoft Edge
Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):
- Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
- Click Settings to open more options.
- Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option.
- Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear.
- Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager.
- When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
- 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.
- 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.
Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):
If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.
- Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
- Find this folder on your computer:
- Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option.
- Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
- Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
- Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
Once these steps are finished, WebHelper should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.WindowsMac OS XInternet ExplorerMicrosoft EdgeFirefoxGoogle ChromeSafari
Remove WebHelper from Mozilla Firefox (FF)
Remove dangerous extensions
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons → Extensions.
- Here, select WebHelper and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options → General.
- Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
- Click OK to save these changes.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
- Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete WebHelper removal.
Remove WebHelper from Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools → Extensions.
- Here, select WebHelper and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
- Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
- Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
- Click on menu icon again and choose Settings → Manage Search engines under the Search section.
- When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Reset Google Chrome
Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
- Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
- Click Reset to confirm this action and complete WebHelper removal.
Remove WebHelper from Safari
- 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.
- Here, select Extensions and look for WebHelper or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
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.
- Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by WebHelper, 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.
Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
- 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 WebHelper removal process.