Web Security App Adware

Also Known As: Ads by Web Security App
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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.

Web Security App adware

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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Quick menu:

Web Security App ads removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Web Security App adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Web Security App ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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.

Removing Web Security App ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Web Security App ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Removing Web Security App ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

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 Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

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"?

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Web Security App ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing Web Security App ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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volanslsrl

wow. i never thought that removing this kind of junk from my browser was so easy.