Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is WebCake?
The WebCake browser add-on is created by WebCake LLC. and compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. This extension promises to save Internet users time and money by allowing price comparison and related topic searches.
Note that many computer users refer to this browser plug-in as adware or a virus since it is an intrusive browser add-on, which installs on Internet browsers with free software downloaded from the Internet. Moreover, it employs a wide range of unwanted ads supposedly to make the add-on free.
Computer users who install WebCake report that they observe in-text, pop-up, banner, and coupon ads when they surf the Internet. This browser add-on causes unwanted ads, diminished browser performance and may lead to privacy issues. Whilst WebCake is not strictly considered a virus, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware.
To avoid installation of this add-on, Internet users should express caution when installing freeware (free software), since many download websites and freeware developers use 'download clients', which offer installation of additional software. These additional programs often cause unwanted ads, browser redirects, or privacy issues.
WebCake installation can be avoided by closely inspecting the installation steps of free software downloaded from the Internet. When dealing with freeware, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Typical', 'Full', or 'Quick'.
Uncheck any ticks suggesting you install additional browser add-ons, toolbars, etc. and do not allow modifications to your Internet browser settings such as the default search engine, homepage, etc. WebCake is just one of many unwanted browser add-ons using deceptive promotion methods to install on users' systems.
The following are some further examples: Ads not by this site, yontoo, and DealDropDown. If you feel that WebCake was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this adware.
Deceptive free software installer used in WebCake adware distribution:
WebCake adware installer:
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- What is WebCake?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WebCake application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove WebCake add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove WebCake plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove WebCake extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove WebCake extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
WebCake 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 "WebCake", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling WebCake, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove WebCake from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Web Cake related entries ("WebCake") and disable them.
Change default search engine in Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "WebCake".
To change your homepage from search.getwebcake.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.getwebcake.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webcake virus, 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "WebCake", select it and click on the trash can icon.
If the WebCake extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "WebCake" (search.getwebcake.com) and add or select your preferred domain.
Change your homepage from search.getwebcake.com to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.getwebcake.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webcake virus, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "WebCake".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.getwebcake.com and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with webcake virus 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 webcake virus, 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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