What is Webporpoise?
Webporpoise is a potentially unwanted application created by SuperWeb LLC. It promises to improve the quality of user's Internet browsing by showing related content containing websites, website trust ratings, enabling comparison shopping, coupons, and adding other functionality.
While Webporpoise might seem as a legitimate plugin, users should know that webporpoise is considered as an adware. It uses a deceptive software marketing method called bundling (secret installation of additional applications together with chosen software) to install on user's Internet browsers without a permission.
After successfully infiltrating to Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox it starts generating various types of intrusive online advertisements, such as: interstitial, transitional, text-link, banner, search, and full page ads.
In addition, this rogue browser add-on tracks user's Internet browsing by recording information like unique identifier number, IP address, search queries entered, URL's visited, pages viewed, and other hardware and software information. Behavior like this may lead to serious privacy issues or malware infections.
The developers of this browser extension (SuperWeb LLC) have released more than a hundred of identical, differently named browser add-ons (e.g., Search maven, TowerTilt, Rock Turner) with an intention to avoid the detection by legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus programs.
None of them add any true value for the user, their actual purpose is to generate revenue by showing obtrusive online advertisements.
Computer users should know that most of adware is distributed via download managers in freeware download websites (such as: soft32.com, softonic.com, download.com, and many other).
Most of these websites are using small download programs - download managers, to monetize their free services by offering users an installation of advertised, "legitimate" browser extensions along with the chosen free software. By carelessly downloading and installing free software users risk infecting their computers with adware or malware.
This can be prevented by closely inspecting every step of freeware download process and clicking "Decline", when offered to install additional applications.
When installing the already downloaded software, always select "Advanced" or "Custom" installation settings, instead of "Quick" or "Regular", by doing this you will reveal all the bundled applications that are trying to secretly install and you'll be able to decline their installation.
Users who have already installed webporpoise and see "Ads by webporpoise", "Powered by webporpoise" and "Webporpoise Deals" advertisements when browsing the Internet should follow this removal guide and uninstall it from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Webporpoise?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Webporpoise application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Webporpoise add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Webporpoise plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Webporpoise extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Webporpoise extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Webporpoise ads 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 "webporpoise", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program which causes webporpoise ads scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software.
Remove "ads by webporpoise" 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 "webporpoise" select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webporpoise 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: "webporpoise" select this entry and click on a trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webporpoise 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 "webporpoise".
Computer users who have problems with webporpoise 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 webporpoise 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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