What is Web Protect?
Created by Objectify Media, Inc., the Web Protect program promises to protect users' Internet browsing activity by delivering notifications regarding malicious or phishing websites. The Web Protect application is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
While such functionality may seem legitimate, computer users should be aware that this program is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Developers of this program use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling', and therefore, most computer users install it inadvertently without their consent.
After successful infiltration, this software generates various intrusive third party ads including, for example, banners, pop-ups, coupon, and in-text advertisements.
Furthermore, this adware tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording the domain name of each page viewed, advertisements appearing on these pages, advertisements clicked by users, and other information about computer and web usage.
In fact, Web Protect adds no real value - its main purpose is to generate revenue by delivering intrusive online ads. The presence of this adware on your system can lead to malware infections and privacy issues, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate this potentially unwanted program from your computer.
At time of research, Web Protect adware was distributed using deceptive 'download clients' and fake downloads (fake Java updates, fake browser updates, etc.) In most cases, Internet users install this program inadvertently without their consent. Web Protect is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate users' computers using freeware downloads.
Examples include Remarkit, HQ Video Professional, and GigaClicks Crawler. To avoid installation of these potentially unwanted programs, be attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client, decline installation of advertised browser plug-ins and applications.
When installing downloaded free programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this step will reveal installation of any bundled adware. Internet users who have already installed Web Protect should use this removal guide to eliminate it from their computers.
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- What is Web Protector?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Web Protect for Windows application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Web Protector add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Web Protector plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Web Protector extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Web Protector extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Web Protect 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 "Web Protect for Windows", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
At time of research Web Protect installed together with the following potentially unwanted programs: BasicServe, DesktopWeatherAlerts, iWebar, Mobogenie, MyPC Backup, PC Optimizer Pro, Re-markit, Search Protect, Shopop, Shopper-Pro, Software Version Updater, SpeeditupFree, VO Package, and YTDownloader. These programs are categorized as adware and you can safely uninstall them.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes unwanted Web Protect ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Web Protect from Internet browsers:
At time of research Web Protect installed no plugins on Internet browsers, however, it was bundled with other potentially unwanted browser extensions. To eliminate unwanted online advertisements, remove all rogue add-ons from your Internet browser/s.
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 recently installed potentially unwanted plugins, select them and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webprotectapp 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 recently installed potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webprotectapp 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", in the opened window remove recently installed potentially unwanted browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with webprotectapp 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 webprotectapp 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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