Web Protector removal instructions
What is Web Protector?
Developed by Our Product, Web Protector is a dubious browser plug-in claiming to improve Internet browsing safety by verifying websites. This add-on may seem legitimate and useful for regular users, however, it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). These associations are made due to a deceptive free software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs together with the chosen software) employed by Our Product to distribute this adware. After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Web Protector generates intrusive online advertisements. It is highly probable that these generated ads will redirect you to bogus websites, and thus, risk computer infection.
Web Protect is also known to track users' Internet browsing activity and record various information including, for example, IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, cookies, geographic locations, and so on. This data may contain personally identifiable details, and therefore, the presence of Web Protector adware on your system can result in adware or malware infections. There are many rogue applications identical to Web Protector such as BrowserProtector, StormWatch, and Web Protect. None of these provide any real value for the user. These adware applications are developed to generate revenue by the display of intrusive ads and sharing collected information with third parties. You are advised to uninstall Web Protector from your system immediately.
Web Protector is often distributed using small programs called 'installers' (also called 'download clients', 'download managers', etc.) on freeware download websites. Installers are employed to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of third-party apps together with the chosen software. This promoted software (which includes Web Protector) is described as virus-free, however, it is mostly considered to be adware or malware. To prevent computer infection, pay close attention when downloading free software and ensure that no other applications are included. Furthermore, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options when installing free software - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have already installed Web Protector, the following instructions will guide you through removal of this adware from your system.
Deceptive free software installers used in Web Protector ('WebProtectorPlus') adware distribution:
Screenshot of Web Protector application:
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- What is Web Protector?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Web Protector application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Web Protector adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Web Protector ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Web Protector' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Web Protector ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Web Protector 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 Protector Plus" and "Web Protector IE", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Web Protector ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Web Protector 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 Protector" and "WebProtector" select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webprotectorplus 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 "WebProtector", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the webprotectorplus 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 Protector".
Computer users who have problems with webprotectorplus 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 webprotectorplus 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove webprotectorplus adware from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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