Web Connect Ads
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Web Connect removal guide
What is Web Connect?
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 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.
- What is Web Connect?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Web Connect application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Web Connect add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Web Connect plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Web Connect extension from Mozilla Firefox.
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".
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.
Remove Web Connect from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Web Connect from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "WebConnect" and disable it.
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 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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Web Connect from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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?
If you continue having problems with the removal of Web Connect add-on you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Web Connect from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main 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")
If you have problems with removal of Web Connect, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
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:
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:
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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Web Connect Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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