What kind of application is Webpage Text Reader?
We discovered the Webpage Text Reader browser extension While inspecting a deceptive web page offering to update a browser. After downloading and adding Webpage Text Reader, we found that it generates annoying advertisements. Therefore, we classified this app as adware. Also, we learned that Webpage Text Reader can read and change data on all pages.
Webpage Text Reader in detail
Webpage Text Reader is described as an extension that reads any text users select on websites. What is not mentioned is that it shows intrusive advertisements. Those ads may open technical support scam sites, phishing pages, and other dubious sites, promote shady apps, or even malware. Thus, it is highly recommended not to trust ads shown by the Webpage Text Reader app.
Webpage Text Reader can also read and change data on all visited pages. It may be gathering browsing-related information (e.g., browsing history), personally identifiable data, and other details. Its developers may sell obtained data to third parties and misuse it in other ways.
|Ads by Webpage Text Reader
|Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.
|Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
|Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites, loss of private information.
|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
Advertising-supported applications display annoying advertisements (e.g., banners, pop-ups, coupons). In addition to showing ads, they can hijack browsers to promote fake search engines and gather information. In most cases, users download and install/add adware inadvertently.
How did adware install on my computer?
Webpage Text Reader is promoted on a website instructing visitors to update the Chrome browser (install the latest version of Chrome). That page claims that visitors cannot continue browsing the Internet with Chrome without installing the latest update.
Webpage Text Reader gets added to a web browser after clicking the "Download Chrome Update..." button and finishing the installation steps. In other cases, apps like this Webpage Text Reader are distributed via shady ads, software bundles (by including apps in installers as optional installations), fake installers, etc.
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Do not download apps from third-party stores, unofficial pages, and other sources of this kind or via third-party downloaders, P2P networks, etc. Always use official pages and stores to download apps and files. Deselect unwanted apps (change the settings provided in installers) before installing software.
Do not click advertisements appearing on questionable web pages or allow websites of this kind to deliver (show) notifications. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Deceptive website promoting Webpage Text Reader adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Webpage Text Reader?
- 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.
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 unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted application, 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 Webpage Text Reader 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 "Webpage Text Reader" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by webpage text reader, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by webpage text reader 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 webpage text reader, 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?
There are at least two issues with having adware installed on a computer: diminished web browsing experience and slower computer performance. Additionally, adware can be designed to manipulate the settings of a web browser and gather information.
What does adware do?
It is common for adware to be promoted as legitimate (and useful) software. In any case, adware shows annoying advertisements.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Most of them generate revenue by promoting various products, websites, services, etc. Typically, they participate in affiliate programs to monetize adware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Webpage Text Reader adware?
Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate all adware. It will remove adware automatically without leaving files or any other components belonging to adware in the system. It is recommended to remove adware automatically since it can be difficult to remove adware manually.