Web Connect Ads

Also Known As: WebConnect Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Web Connect removal guide

Web Connect is a potentially unwanted browser add-on, which is promoted using free software downloads. This browser extension promises to enhance Internet users' browsing experience by displaying related search results, comparison shopping, special offers, coupons, and website ratings. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, in fact, Web Connect is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. It installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Many Internet users refer to this browser add-on as the Web Connect virus or malware.

Whilst technically not a virus, this browser plugin generates unwanted ads, causes diminished browser performance, and may lead to privacy issues. Computer users should be aware that, today, the majority of free software download websites (such as download.com, soft32.com, etc.) use download clients offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen freeware. Some download clients are deceptive, and therefore, it is important to pay close attention to each download step to avoid inadvertently installing various adware on your Internet browser/s. You are advised to remove Web Connect from your computer.

Web Connect

Web Connect is similar to other adware distributed using free software downloads including BrowseFox, Web Layers, Rolimno, and many others. An indication that your Internet browser/s are infiltrated with this adware are "Powered by Web Connect" and "Web Connect Ads" advertisements. Note that the aforementioned browser plugins add little or no value and are used for generating revenue from ads. The best way to avoid installation of Web Connect and other potentially unwanted applications is by paying close attention to the downloading and installation steps of free software. If your software download is managed by a download client, decline installation of any additional programs, and when installing free software, ensure that you choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this allows you to opt-out of installation of any unwanted browser add-ons. If you feel that Web Connect was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s.

Web Connect removal:

Web Connect uninstall

Windows 7 users:

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows 8 users:

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Web Connect", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling Web Connect scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Remove Web Connect from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Remove Web Connect from Internet Explorer:

Web Connect removal from Internet Explorer

 

Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "WebConnect" and disable it.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Web Connect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Remove Web Connect from Google Chrome:

Web Connect removal from Google Chrome

 

Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "WebConnect", select it and click on the trash can icon.

If the WebConnect extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?

Remove Web Connect from Mozilla Firefox:

Web Connect removal from Mozilla Firefox

Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Web Connect". (At time of testing, the extension within Mozilla FireFox was named "Web Layers")

Optional method:

If you have problems with removal of Web Connect, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.

Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on the "Reset FireFox" button.

Summary:

Web Connect Ads is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.

Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Web Connect Ads distribution:

Free software download clients used in adware distribution

To avoid installation of Web Connect Ads be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Web Connect Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

Comments 

 
#2 admin 2013-11-06 01:06
Hi Mike, continue with the removal steps and eliminate Web Connect extension from your Internet browsers. This should eliminate unwanted ads from appearing when browsing the Internet.
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#1 Mike 2013-11-06 01:00
Hi. My computer has the Web Connect ads that keep popping up. I have tried your suggested removal, but I can't delete the program in control panel. It will start to uninstall, but, then it will just freeze. The uninstall bar will stop half way across and sit there forever. Any ideas?
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