Web Connect Ads

Also Known As: WebConnect Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

Web Connect removal guide

What is Web Connect?

Web Connect is a potentially unwanted browser add-on, which is promoted using free software downloads. This browser extension promises to enhance Internet users' browsing experience by displaying related search results, comparison shopping, special offers, coupons, and website ratings. Whilst such added functionality may seem legitimate, in fact, Web Connect is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. It installs on users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) together with free software downloaded from the Internet using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Many Internet users refer to this browser add-on as the Web Connect virus or malware.

Web Connect virus homepage

Whilst technically not a virus, this browser plugin generates unwanted ads, causes diminished browser performance, and may lead to privacy issues. Computer users should be aware that, today, the majority of free software download websites (such as download.com, soft32.com, etc.) use download clients offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen freeware. Some download clients are deceptive, and therefore, it is important to pay close attention to each download step to avoid inadvertently installing various adware on your Internet browser/s. You are advised to remove Web Connect from your computer.

Web Connect is similar to other adware distributed using free software downloads including BrowseFox, Web Layers, Rolimno, and many others. An indication that your Internet browser/s are infiltrated with this adware are "Powered by Web Connect" and "Web Connect Ads" advertisements. Note that the aforementioned browser plugins add little or no value and are used for generating revenue from ads. The best way to avoid installation of Web Connect and other potentially unwanted applications is by paying close attention to the downloading and installation steps of free software. If your software download is managed by a download client, decline installation of any additional programs, and when installing free software, ensure that you choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this allows you to opt-out of installation of any unwanted browser add-ons. If you feel that Web Connect was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s.

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove WebConnect Virus

Web Connect removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Web Connect uninstall

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Web Connect", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling Web Connect scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Remove Web Connect from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Web Connect removal from Internet Explorer

 

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "WebConnect" and disable it.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the web connect ads, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Web Connect removal from Google Chrome

 

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate: "WebConnect", select it and click on the trash can icon.

If the WebConnect extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the web connect ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Web Connect removal from Mozilla Firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable this add-on: "Web Connect". (At time of testing, the extension within Mozilla FireFox was named "Web Layers")

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with web connect ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 1WebConnect Virus is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download. Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the decline button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications.

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sample 2

Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.

If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.

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