Web Security App removal instructions
What is Web Security App?
Created by Intriguing Apps, Web Security App is a rogue browser extension claiming to enhance users' online protection by preventing installation of malware or spyware when browsing malicious websites. While this functionality may seem useful and legitimate, be aware that Web Security App is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application. Web Security App employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen free software) to install on browsers without users' consent. After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, Web Security App generates various intrusive online advertisements including banner, pop-up, interstitial, sponsored link, targeted video, and download offers of other applications, which are also considered to be adware. Clicking these advertisements is likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, Web Security App continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information, which might be personally identifiable. For example: operating systems, browser types, search queries entered, URLs visited, pages viewed, IP addresses, geo-locations, and other similar details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, Internet users are strongly advised to eliminate Web Security App from their Internet browsers. At time of research, Web Security App was distributed via fake downloads (browser updates, Java updates, etc.) and other rogue browser add-ons, which generate download offers of promoted applications. Examples of these add-ons include: ProtectedBrowsing, Browser Guardian, Wifi Protector, and other Savings and Coupon related ads.
There are many rogue browser extensions claiming to improve users' Internet browsing experience by enabling certain functions. Examples of these extensions include Media Buzz, ProtectedBrowsing, and Trust Media Viewer. These are useless to the user since their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements. Users often inadvertently install this adware during the download of free software via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware commonly results in adware or malware infections. To avoid installation of Web Security App, or other similar adware, be attentive when downloading free software and never accept installation of any additional applications offered. If you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. Internet users who have already installed Web Security App, should follow this removal guide to eliminate this adware from their Internet browsers.
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- What is Web Security App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Web Security App ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Web Security App advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Web Security App from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Web Security App extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Web Security App ads removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 Security App" (or other potentially unwanted applications - at time of testing, Web Security App ads were generated by various coupon ads-displaying adware), select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Web Security App ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Web Security App ads 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 "Web Security App", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Web Security App ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by web security app, 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: "Web Security App", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Web Security App ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by web security app, 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.
If you are unable to remove Web Security App (or any other add-on) and it is greyed-out ("Installed by enterprise policy"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a Google Chrome extension that is "Installed by enterprise policy"?
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 "Web Security App". Note that Web Security App ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with ads by web security app 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by web security app from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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