What kind of application is WebSurf Guard?
WebSurf Guard is advertised as an ad blocker - the most advanced ad blocker for Youtube. However, we tested this browser extension and found that it shows advertisements. Thus, we classified WebSurf Guard as adware. Our team discovered WebSurf Guard on a deceptive web page.
WebSurf Guard in detail
WebSurf Guard can show advertisements designed to open shady pages. Those pages may be owned by scammers who aim to extract sensitive information, obtain remote access to computers, deliver malware, sell shady software, etc. Moreover, ads displayed by WebSurf Guard may cause unwanted downloads and installations.
In addition to displaying ads, WebSurf Guard read and change all data on all visited websites. It is possible that this browser extension tracks users (gathers data about users). Collected data may be misused for marketing purposes, sold to third parties, or monetized in other ways. Thus, it is highly advisable not to trust the WebSurf Guard app.
|Name||Ads by WebSurf Guard|
|Symptoms||Your computer becomes slower than normal, you see unwanted pop-up ads, you are redirected to dubious websites.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.|
|Damage||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.
More about adware
Advertising-supported applications can operate as browser hijackers. They can change browser's settings to promote untrustworthy search engines. Usually, these apps change the default search engine, homepage, and new tab page. Moreover, browser hijackers do not allow users to undo their changed while they are added/installed.
How did adware install on my computer?
One of the websites promoting WebSurf Guard displays a deceptive pop-up message saying that an important Chrome update is available. It instructs visitors to click the "Activate Now" button and follow the instructions to complete the process. WebSurf Guard gets added to a web browser after completing all steps.
Also, adware is often distributed via freeware installers. It is included in installers as an optional installation. Users install adware when they finish installations without unticking certain checkboxes or changing "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings available in installers.
Sometimes, users install adware via shady advertisements (via ads designed to run certain scripts).
How to avoid installation of unwanted applications?
Download applications from trustworthy sources (verified stores and official web pages). Do not trust ads and links on shady websites or agree to receive notifications from pages of this kind. Deselect unwanted apps using available settings before downloading or installing software.
Read reviews before downloading apps (avoid downloading apps with no or few reviews). 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 WebSurf Guard:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is WebSurf Guard?
- 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 WebSurf Guard 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 "WebSurf Guard" and other suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by websurf guard, 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 websurf guard 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 websurf guard, 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?
The most common problems caused by adware are diminished web browsing experience and slower computer performance. Also, adware can invade privacy (if designed to track users).
What does adware do?
Advertising-supported applications show intrusive advertisements. Also, they can hijack web browsers and collect data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Most adware developers earn money via adware by promoting various products, websites, services, etc. Usually, they participate in affiliate programs to monetize adware.
Will Combo Cleaner remove WebSurf Guard adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan the operating system and remove unwanted apps. It will remove adware automatically without leaving any of its data in the system (which can be a problem when removing adware manually).