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Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Web Connect removal guide
Web Connect is a potentially unwanted browser add-on which is being promoted using free software downloads. This browser extension promises to enhance Internet user's browsing experience by showing related search results, comparison shopping, special offers, coupons and website ratings. Notice that while such added functionality may seem legitimate in reality Web Connect can be categorized as being adware or a potentially unwanted application. It installs on user's 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). Most of Internet users refer to this browser add-on as Web Connect virus or malware.
While technically it's not a virus, this browser plugin generates unwanted ads, slows down Internet browsers and may lead to privacy issues. Computer users should know that nowadays the majority of free software download websites (download.com, soft32.com, etc.) are using download clients which offer installation of additional programs together with the chosen freeware. Notice that some download clients are very deceptive and it's very important to pay close attention to every download step, otherwise computer users can end up installing various adware on their Internet browsers. It's recommended to remove Web Connect from one's computer.
Web Connect is similar to other adware which is being distributed using free software downloads, for example BrowseFox, Web Layers, Rolimno and many other. Main indications that one's Internet browsers are infiltrated with this adware are "Powered by Web Connect" and "Web Connect Ads" advertisements. Notice that all of the mentioned browser plugins adds little to no value and are used for generating revenue from various ads. The best way of avoiding installation of Web Connect and other potentially unwanted applications is keeping close attention to the downloading and installation steps of free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of any additional programs, when installing free software be sure to choose "advanced" or "custom" installation options (instead of "typical" or "quick") - this will allow to opt-out installation of any unwanted browser add-ons. If you feel that Web Connect was installed on your computer without your consent use the provided removal guide and eliminate it from one's Internet browsers.
Web Connect removal:
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 left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Web Connect from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Web Connect from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "WebConnect" and disable it.
If you continue having problems with removal of Web Connect you can reset you 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 "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:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "WebConnect" select it and click on a trash can icon.
If WebConnect extension is greyed out and you can't remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled") please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove Web Connect 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 the time of testing, the extension in Mozilla FireFox was named "Web Layers")
If you are having problems with the removal of Web Connect you can reset you 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 "Reset FireFox" button.