WebZoom removal instructions
What is WebZoom?
WebZoom, a rogue browser extension, claims to enable a feature to zoom any picture available on the Internet. Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, WebZoom is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or adware. This rogue application installs on Internet browsers using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software). Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Web Zoom delivers various intrusive online ads such as content recommendations, coupons, price comparison, in-line, pop-up and display ads. These advertisements are likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections.
Additionally, WebZoom collects various software and hardware information that may be personally identifiable. For example: operating system, browser browser type and data (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, cookies, etc.), IP addresses, applications used and installed, and other details. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Web Zoom is similar to other applications that employ bundling as an installation method. Some examples are Zoomify, CheckMeUp, and SpeeditUp. None of these applications (including Web Zoom) provide any significant value for the user - they are developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads and sharing collected data with third parties. Although WebZoom is not technically a virus or malware, you are strongly advised to uninstall this adware from your system.
Research shows that most adware is distributed using small download programs (called 'download clients', 'installers', or 'download managers') on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc. These websites use download programs to monetize their traffic and free services by offering installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser plug-ins or applications together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with with adware or malware. This situation can be avoided by closely studying 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 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If your system is infected with WebZoom, follow this removal guide to uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.
Deceptive free software installers used in WebZoom adware distribution:
WebZoom adware generating intrusive online ads:
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- What is WebZoom?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WebZoom application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove WebZoom adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove WebZoom ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by WebZoom' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove WebZoom extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
WebZoom 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 "WebZoom", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Web Zoom ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove WebZoom adware 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 Zoom", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the web zoom 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: "Web Zoom", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the web zoom 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 "WebZoom".
Computer users who have problems with web zoom 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 web zoom 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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