What is Greener Web?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, the Greener Web rogue browser plug-in claims to improve the quality of users' Internet browsing experience by enabling coupons, comparison shopping, and adding other useful functionality. Although this may seem a legitimate browser extension, be aware that Greener Web is categorized as a potentially unwanted application or adware.
The plug-in employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on Internet browsers without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, Greener Web tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information, which may be personally identifiable, for example, URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers and other similar details. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
In addition, this potentially unwanted browser add-on generates various intrusive online advertisements such as banner, search, text-link, transitional, interstitial, and full-page ads.
There is a high probability that clicking these ads will lead to adware or malware infections, and therefore, you are strongly advised to remove Greener Web or any other potentially unwanted applications from your computer. The developers of this rogue browser add-on (SuperWeb LLC) have released over one hundred rogue browser plug-ins identical to Greener Web.
Examples include Betterenhance, Waleisa, and Webporpoise. This company releases identical browser plug-ins under different names to avoid detection by legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus programs. None of these extensions add any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements.
Most potentially unwanted applications such as Greener Web are distributed via small programs called 'download managers' within freeware download websites. Examples of these freeware sites include soft32.com, download.com, and softonic.com.
These websites employ download managers to monetize their free services by offering installation of advertised browser add-ons together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware risks PC infection with adware or malware.
This situation can be prevented by closely observing each step of the freeware download process and clicking the 'Decline' button when installation of any additional applications is offered.
If you are installing downloaded free software, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal any hidden applications and you will be able to remove them from the installation list.
Internet users who have installed Greener Web and observe "Greener Web Deals", "Ads by Greener Web", and "Powered by Greener Web" advertisements, should follow this removal guide to eliminate Greener Web adware from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Greener Web?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Greener Web application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Greener Web plug-in from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Greener Web add-on from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Greener Web extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Greener Web extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Greener Web 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 "Greener Web", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Greener Web ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Greener Web from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Greener Web", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the greener web 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: "Greener Web", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the greener web 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 the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Greener Web".
Computer users who have problems with greener web 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 greener web 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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