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How to uninstall the WebNavigatorBrowser unwanted app

Also Known As: Ads by WebNavigatorBrowser
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is WebNavigatorBrowser?

WebNavigatorBrowser is an ad-supported web browser based on Chromium, a free and open-source software project from Google. Do not use browsers that have functionality of adware (software that serves advertisements). Furthermore, this browser could be designed to collect browsing-related (and other) information.

WebNavigatorBrowser pop-up redirects

Commonly, ad-supported software such as WebNavigatorBrowser serves coupons, pop-ups, banners, surveys and other types of advertisements. Ads displayed by these apps promote dubious websites and, in some cases, cause unwanted downloads and installations by running certain scripts.

Furthermore, WebNavigatorBrowser supposedly improves the browsing experience (provides accurate search results), however, it actually displays results generated by Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). WebNavigatorBrowser and similar programs also collect information relating to users' browsing habits.

For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited/opened sites, and other browsing data. These apps often collect sensitive information as well. Furthermore, the developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misuse it to generate revenue in other ways.

Therefore, WebNavigatorBrowser can cause problems relating to browsing safety and privacy and even identity theft, and they can also lead to unwanted downloads and installations. Therefore, avoid browsers such as WebNavigatorBrowser.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by WebNavigatorBrowser
Threat Type Ad-supported software/adware.
Detection Names DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.156), 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, potentially unwanted applications (adware).
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
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More examples of dubious browsers based on Chromium are WebExplorer Browser, Citrio, and Secure Browser. Most serve advertisements and collect certain information. They are generally useless and do not function as advertised. Remove these browsers from your operating system immediately.

How did adware install on my computer?

In most cases, users download and install potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) by clicking deceptive ads designed to run certain scripts, or together with other (usually free) programs. In the latter case, this happens when the apps are integrated into the download/installation set-ups of other programs as 'additional offers'.

This software distribution method is called "bundling". Usually offers to download or install PUAs can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings, however, many users fail to check and change these settings. By leaving default settings unchanged, they allow additional apps to be downloaded and installed with the required software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Files and programs should NOT be downloaded via dubious sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial, dubious websites, third party downloaders, etc. Also avoid third party installers. You are advised to download files and programs from official websites and via direct links.

Check all download and installation settings ("Advanced", "Custom", or "Manual") and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps. Do not click intrusive ads that appear on dubious web pages, since they can open other untrusted sites or cause download/installation of PUAs.

Remove any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins and add-ons installed on the browser. The same should be applied to software of this kind that is 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.

Download website for WebNavigatorBrowser:

webnavigatorbrowser adware download website

WebNavigatorBrowser installer:

webnavigatorbrowser adware installer

Appearance of WebNavigatorBrowser:

webnavigatorbrowser adware homepage

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

WebNavigatorBrowser adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted applications (like "WebNavigatorBrowser"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes WebNavigatorBrowser 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing WebNavigatorBrowser ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing WebNavigatorBrowser ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webnavigatorbrowser, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing WebNavigatorBrowser  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Removing WebNavigatorBrowser ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webnavigatorbrowser, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing WebNavigatorBrowser ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing WebNavigatorBrowser ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by webnavigatorbrowser removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webnavigatorbrowser, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by webnavigatorbrowser from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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