What is Wooden Seal?
Wooden Seal is a rogue application developed by SuperWeb LLC. This plug-in offers various features such as coupons and comparison shopping to 'enhance the Internet browsing experience'. This may trick users into believing that Wooden Seal is a legitimate and useful application, however, it is categorized as adware.
The developers employ a deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling' to install Wooden Seal on Internet browsers without users' permission.
After successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, users experience intrusive advertisements including search, interstitial, transitional, pop-up, banner, and full-page ads. Be aware that these generated ads can lead to further computer infections.
Wooden Seal also performs information tracking. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) records various information such as IP addresses (to determine users' geographic locations), unique identifier numbers, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.
These details may be personally identifiable, and therefore, the behavior of this application may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft. Wooden Seal is one of hundreds of identical applications developed by SuperWeb LLC. Examples include Roaming Rate, Express Find, and Primary Result.
This company releases these PUPs under different names to avoid detection by legitimate antivirus software.
None of these applications provide any significant value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements and sharing collected data with third parties. Therefore, you should remove Wooden Seal from your system immediately.
Research shows that Wooden Seal is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites. Download managers are used by these websites to monetize their traffic and free services by offering installation of additional applications together with the chosen software.
Although these promoted applications are described as '100% legitimate', reckless download and installation of freeware usually results in adware or malware infections. To prevent this situation, closely inspect each step of the free software download procedure to prevent additional software being included.
Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If your computer has been infected with Wooden Seal, the following guidelines will help you to remove this PUP from your system.
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- What is Wooden Seal?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Wooden Seal application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Wooden Seal adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Wooden Seal ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Wooden Seal' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Wooden Seal ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Wooden Seal 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 "Wooden Seal", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Wooden Seal ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Wooden Seal adware from Internet browsers:
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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 "Wooden Seal", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the wooden seal 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 "Wooden Seal", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the wooden seal 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 "Wooden Seal".
Computer users who have problems with wooden seal 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 wooden seal 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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