What is iWebar?
Created by a company called Goobzo, the iWebar browser add-on promises to enhance user interaction with various websites by rendering graphics, text, or other functional or interactive content in within the browser.
While such added functionality may seem legitimate, Internet users should be aware that iWebar is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Developers of this browser extension use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' thus, most Internet users install iWebar inadvertently without their consent when downloading free software.
After successful infiltration, this adware generates banner or textual reference ads and tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording search terms, websites visited, type of browser, type of operating system, IP address, geographic location, and other information.
Installation of iWebar could lead to malware infections and privacy issues, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate this potentially unwanted program (PUP) from your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox). iWebar is advertised as a useful plugin, however, its main purpose is to generate revenue from intrusive ads.
iWebar is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate Internet browsers via free software downloads. Examples include DefaultTab, Search Protect, Trovi, and Plus-HD. To avoid installation of such adware, Internet users should express caution when downloading and installing free software.
Today, most freeware download websites employ 'download clients' - small programs that manage the download process and offer installation of advertised browser extensions together with the chosen free program. To avoid adware infections, decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins.
When installing downloaded free software, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any intended installation of 'bundled' potentially unwanted applications. Computer users who observe ads by iWebar should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browser/s.
Deceptive free software installers used in iWebar adware distribution:
iWebar adware generating intrusive online ads ('Brought to you by iWebar'):
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- What is iWebar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall iWebar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove iWebar advertisements from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove iWebar ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove iWebar adware from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove 'Ads by iWebar' extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
iWebar 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 "iWebar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling iWebar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.
Remove iWebar ads 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 "iWebar" and remove it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the i webar adware, 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: "iWebar", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the i webar adware, 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 remove "iWebar".
Computer users who have problems with i webar adware 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 i webar adware, 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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