WebDefence redirect removal instructions
What is WebDefence?
WebDefence is advertised as software that improves browsing security and overall browsing experience. However, it is an advertising-supported web browser based on Chromium (free and open-source software project from Google). Therefore, WebDefence is classified as adware. It is worthwhile to mention that in most cases users download and install adware unknowingly, for this reason apps of this type are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Adware is a type of software that generates revenue for its developer by serving various advertisements. For example, banners, surveys, pop-ups, coupons. Quite often ads that adware-type apps display are designed to promote questionable websites. In some cases they are designed to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations by running certain scripts. Therefore, it is advised not to click those ads. Another problem with adware is that it can be designed to gather data related to user's browsing activities (e.g., geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, IP addresses) and even personal, sensitive information. Moreover, its developers may misuse gathered data to generate revenue, for example, they may sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). It means that users who have adware installed on their browser and/or computer might become victims of identity theft, encounter issues related to browsing safety, online privacy, etc.
|Name||Ads by WebDefence|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. 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 Malwarebytes.
More examples of adware are Valerie, WikiNow and Chromium Shield. To summarize, in most cases the main purpose of such software is to generate revenue for its developer by serving advertisements sand/or collecting various data. Usually it is useless to its users and can cause them various issues. If software this type is already installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be uninstalled.
How did adware install on my computer?
Quite often adware and potentially unwanted applications of other types are distributed by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs as extra offers. This distribution method for PUAs is known as "bundling". Typically, the aforementioned offers can be declined in "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings or by unticking checkboxes that are available in setups. When users download and/or install programs that have PUAs integrated in their download and/or installation setups without changing their settings, they download and/or install those included apps as well. Also, sometimes unwanted downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements, however, only the ones that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advised not to finish download or installation of any program without checking what settings (like "Custom", "Advanced") or checkboxes are available in its download and/or installation setup. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, those settings can be used to decline offers to download and/or install integrated apps. Ads on shady pages (e.g, adult dating, gambling, pornography pages) should not be clicked as well. It is common that those ads are designed to promote (open) untrustworthy websites or even cause downloads and/or installations of some unwanted, potentially malicious apps. Also, it is recommended to download software (and files) from official, legitimate websites, via direct download links. Third party downloaders (and installers), unofficial web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), etc., should bot be used. There should not be any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins, add-ons that installed on a browser and programs of this kind installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Download website for WebDefence:
Installer for WebDefence:
WebDefence's tab on the top of the desktop:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is WebDefence?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 (in this case "WebDefence"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes WebDefence 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 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 webdefence, 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 webdefence 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 webdefence, 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.
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 webdefence, 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.
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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by webdefence from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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