What is WebBrowser?
The WebBrowser rogue application employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen free software) to install on computers without users' permission.
Following successful infiltration, WebBrowser generates various intrusive online advertisements including (but not limited to) pop-up and banner ads. It is highly probable that clicking advertisements generated by this potentially unwanted program will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since WebBrowser records various software and hardware information such as IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages visited, search queries, and other details that may be personally identifiable. This information tracking may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
Note that WebBrowser installs together with FastPlayerPRO, which is also a rogue application. There are many applications similar to WebBrowser and FastPlayerPro.
Examples include Protectium, SlimPrice, and Price-Hero among many others. None of these applications provide any significant value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate WebBrowser from your system.
Research shows that most adware is distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc. Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen free software.
Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections, including WebBrowser. This situation can be avoided by closely inspecting each step of the free software download procedure and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered.
Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Regular' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them.
If you have installed WebBrowser, and you observe intrusive online ads while surfing the Internet, follow the removal instructions provided to uninstall this application from your system.
Intrusive pop-up ads generated by WebBrowser adware:
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- What is WebBrowser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WebBrowser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove WebBrowser adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove WebBrowser ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by WebBrowser' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove WebBrowser extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
WebBrowser adware 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 any recently-installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes WebBrowser ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove WebBrowser adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, WebBrowser did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webbrowser adware, 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 "Extensions". Locate: all recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webbrowser adware, 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all other recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with webbrowser adware 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 webbrowser adware, 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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