Ads by Web United
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Web United?
Web United claims to enable coupons, comparison shopping, and other similar features that will supposedly enhance the Internet browsing experience.
Although this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, Web United is an adware-type browser plug-in, which is distributed using a deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the user's chosen software).
After successful installation on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without users' consent, Web United generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks users' Internet browsing activity.
The generated advertisements (for example, banner, search, interstitial, transitional, pop-up, etc.) often lead to bogus websites - clicking these may result in high-risk adware or malware infections.
The type of information collected includes IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages, viewed, search queries, unique identifier numbers, and other details that may be personally identifiable. Be aware that this data tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft.
The company responsible for the development of Web United (SuperWeb LLC) has released over one hundred identical potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Box Green, GrabRez, Wild West, and Nano Surfer are just some examples from many.
These applications are intentionally released under different names to prevent detection by legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus suites, none of which provide any real value for the user - they are developed to generate revenue by the display of ads and sharing collected data with third parties. You are strongly advised to uninstall adware-type extensions such as Web United from your system.
At time of research, small programs called 'download managers' were used by freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com to monetize their free services. Adware was also distributed via these applications.
Download managers (also called 'installers', 'download clients', and so on) offer installation of additional programs together with chosen software. Advertised applications are commonly presented as '100% legitimate and virus-free', however, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections.
This situation can be avoided by closely analysing each step of the free software download procedure and ensuring that no additional applications are included.
Furthermore, installation of downloaded applications should be performed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden programs listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have installed Web United, the following instructions will help you to remove this adware form your system.
Deceptive free software installers used in Web United ("Web United: shop and browsing software") adware distribution:
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- What is Web United?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Web United application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Web United adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Web United ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Web United' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Web United extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Web United 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 "Web United", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Web United ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Web United 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 United", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the web united 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 United", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the web united 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 "Web United".
Computer users who have problems with web united 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 united 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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