What is Pureweb?
Pureweb is an adware-type browser extension. In contradiction to what this software is promoted as - an adblocker - it runs intrusive advertisement campaigns. Due to the dubious methods used to distribute adware products, they are also classified as PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications).
Pureweb adware overview
Adware can display intrusive advertisements (e.g., pop-ups, coupons, banners, etc.) on visited sites and/or other interfaces. The delivered adverts diminish the browsing experience and endanger device/user safety. The ads endorse various untrustworthy, deceptive/scam, compromised, and malicious websites. Furthermore, some intrusive advertisements can download/install software (e.g., PUAs) without user consent - when clicked.
Pureweb also has data tracking abilities. The gathered information (e.g., browsing and search engine histories, personally identifiable details, etc.) is monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties. In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Pureweb|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Supposed Functionality||Adblocker, tool to block online advertisements|
|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.
Adware in general
Page Ranking Tool, AdBlock Master, Museum Explorer, and Cent Browser are some examples of adware. This software looks harmless and offers "handy" functionalities. However, the functions rarely work as promised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
In fact, this is true of nearly all PUAs. Unwanted apps are designed to run intrusive advert campaigns, force-open dubious and malicious webpages, hijack browsers, and collect private information.
How did Pureweb install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g., Pureweb) have "official" promotional/download pages. These apps are also spread using the "bundling" marketing tactic - packing regular programs with unwanted/malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to make stealthy downloads/installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software and only download from official/verified channels. Untrustworthy sources, e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) sharing networks, etc. - often offer bundled/harmful content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additions. Intrusive adverts look harmless yet redirect to various questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads/redirects, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed. If your computer is already infected with Pureweb, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of the website used to promote the Pureweb adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Pureweb?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Pureweb application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Pureweb ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Pureweb' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Pureweb extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Pureweb adware removal:
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 "Pureweb", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Pureweb ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Pureweb adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Pureweb adware using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Pureweb", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by pureweb, 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 plugins 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 "Pureweb".
Computer users who have problems with ads by pureweb 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 pureweb, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware can decrease system performance and diminish browsing quality. It is also considered a privacy threat, as this software usually has data tracking abilities. Furthermore, adware-delivered ads can be dubious/malicious and cause serious problems.
What does adware do?
Advertising-supported software is designed to deliver intrusive advert campaigns. In other words, adware enables the placement of various advertisements on visited websites and/or different interfaces.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates profit primarily via affiliate programs by endorsing various sites, apps, products, services, and so on. The developers of this software can earn commission from ad clicks, website visits, file downloads, product purchases, service subscriptions, or similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Pureweb adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed adware-type apps. It is noteworthy that manual removal is not always a perfect solution. In some cases, even after the software itself is (manually) eliminated - various files remain hidden in the system. Furthermore, such leftover components can continue running and causing issues.