How to uninstall WebExplorer Browser adware?
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is WebExplorer Browser?
WebExplorer Browser is a rogue Chromium-based browser, which supposedly simplifies the browsing experience. In fact, this software functions as adware (it is designed to serve various advertisements) and promotes onesearch.org, the address of a fake search engine.
It is also likely to collect browsing-related information. In any case, do not trust, download, or install the WebExplorer Browser or other dubious browsers.
Typically, adware-type applications feed users with coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other advertisements that tend to promote dubious websites. These ads might be designed to execute scripts to download and install potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Therefore, you are advised against trusting or clicking ads that appear due to installed adware (in this case, the rogue WebExplorer Browser). Furthermore, this browser promotes a fake search engine (onesearch.org), which is assigned as WebExplorer's default search engine.
Research shows that onesearch.org displays results generated by Yahoo - when used, it simply redirects to search.yahoo.com. Therefore, onesearch.org is a useless search engine. Note that fake search engines promote dubious websites by including them into a list of generated results.
As mentioned, WebExplorer Browser might be designed to help the developers to generate revenue by collecting data. Typically, programs of this type target details relating to users' browsing habits such as, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, and entered search queries.
In some cases, these apps collect private, sensitive information as well.
Developers generate revenue by selling the details to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), or by misusing them in other ways. To avoid problems relating to browsing safety and online privacy, becoming a victim of identity theft, causing unwanted downloads and installations, remove the WebExplorer Browser from your computer.
|Name||Ads by WebExplorer Browser|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus.|
|Detection Names||Arcabit (Application.Bundler.CHL), BitDefender (Application.Bundler.CHL), Emsisoft (Application.Bundler.CHL (B)), MAX (Malware (ai Score=89)), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More examples of dubious browsers are Citrio, Secure Browser and WebShield. These browsers tend to promote other rogue addresses (e.g., fake search engines), serve ads, and collect data. Commonly, developers advertise them as useful and legitimate, but they deliver no real value and can cause serious problems.
How did adware install on my computer?
In some cases, people download and install potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) intentionally, since they are advertised as useful, legitimate applications. Users also download and them inadvertently when they are included as 'additional offers' within the set-ups of other software.
This distribution method is known as "bundling". In most cases, offers to download and install PUAs are mentioned in (and can be declined through) settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" and others. Many users fail to check these settings when they download and install their software, thereby allowing PUAs to infiltrate.
Sometimes unwanted downloads/installations happen when people click deceptive ads that run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Programs and files should never be downloaded or installed through third party downloaders/installers. It is not safe to use unofficial websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule) or other channels of this kind to download your software. Use official websites and direct links.
Check all settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" and decline offers to download or install additional software before finishing the process. Do not click intrusive ads that appear on dubious websites, since they can open untrusted websites or cause download/installation of unwanted, potentially malicious applications.
Remove any suspicious, unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins already installed on the browser immediately. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
WebExplorer Browser download website:
WebExplorer Browser installer:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is WebExplorer Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications (e.g., "WebExplorer"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes WebExplorer Browser redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webexplorer browser, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webexplorer browser, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by webexplorer browser removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webexplorer browser, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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