What is PerformWeb App?
According to the developers, PerformWeb App provides a wide range of useful features to improve the Internet browsing experience. This may seem a legitimate and useful browser plug-in, however, PerformWeb App is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
This app is mostly distributed using a dubious software marketing method called 'bundling', which allows developers to stealthily install applications such as PerformWeb App during installation of regular software.
After infiltration by this rogue extension on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, intrusive online advertisements (including banner, pop-up, in-text, etc.) are displayed. These ads may seem legitimate, however, be aware that they redirect to bogus websites, thereby causing further high-risk adware or malware infections.
In addition, PerformWeb App gathers various software and hardware Internet browsing-related information including IP addresses, operating system/browser types, websites visited, search queries, pages viewed.
These details may be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of this type of application on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Many adware-type applications such as PerformWeb App have similar or identical behavior.
For instance, Notifier PLUS, Shopsafer, and Buzzdock also display intrusive online ads and collect personally identifiable information that is later shared with third parties. Adware applications provide no real value for the user - their aim is to generate revenue through dubious means. You are strongly advised to uninstall PerformWeb App from your Internet browsers immediately.
Commonly, PerformWeb App is distributed via small programs called 'download managers' (also called 'download tools', 'download clients', 'installers', etc.) on freeware download websites such as downloads.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc.
Download managers are used to monetize these websites' traffic and free services and supposedly ease the download process by offering installation (or hidden installation under the 'Custom' or either 'Advanced' options) of third party applications together with the chosen software.
Although the developers claim that their promoted apps are legitimate, rushing the installation process exposes systems to risk of adware and malware infections. To avoid this situation, closely analyse the download process of free software to ensure that only the chosen program is downloaded.
Furthermore, install downloaded programs using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed PerformWeb App, the following guide will help you to eliminate this adware from your system.
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- What is PerformWeb App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall PerformWeb App application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove PerformWeb App adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove PerformWeb App ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by PerformWeb App' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove PerformWeb App ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
PerformWeb App 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 "PerformWeb App", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes PerformWeb App ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove PerformWeb App adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, PerformWeb App 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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the performweb app 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 add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the performweb app 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 plug-ins 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 recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with performweb app 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 performweb app 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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