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Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Wordinator?
The features offered by Wordinator (text search and translation) often trick users into believing that is valid software, however, this application is ad-supported and the developers distribute it using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Therefore, Wordinator is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
The bundling method allows stealth installation of third party applications/browser add-ons (in this case Wordinator) without users' consent. After installation on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), Wordinator generates various advertisements (marked as 'Ads by WD').
Most ads generated by this type of application are delivered using a virtual layer that allows display of third party content on any website visited. These advertisements may also appear in pop-ups, new browser tabs or windows. Advertisement types displayed by Wordinator include coupon, in-text, search, and banner ads.
Most redirect to online shopping and other similar sites, however, others can redirect to untrusted websites containing dubious content. Therefore, clicking ads that may seem harmless might lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
Research shows that Wordinator collects various Internet browsing-related information. This behavior is common of adware type apps. The Privacy Policies of these apps usually state that the collected data contains no personally identifiable details, however, we have proved otherwise.
Rogue applications may collect information regarding visited websites, pages viewed, search queries, browsing history, passwords saved in the browsers, cache, cookies, web beacons, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location, and even keyboard and/or mouse inputs.
This information (that might include credit card details) can reveal your identity and is later shared with third parties (often cyber criminals) - this behavior may cause serious privacy issues. For these reasons, adware type applications such as Wordinator should never be installed on your system.
Wordinator is similar or identical to many other applications distributed using the bundling method. For example, PriceFountain, WebSpeed, DNS Unlocker, Shopperz, and OverLook are presented as 'legitimate and genuine' browser plug-ins.
These rogue applications promise to enable significant features, however, they merely display intrusive online advertisements, collect data, diminish browser performance, and cause other similar problems. The purpose of adware is to generate revenue for the developers who are paid for clicked advertisements (pay-per-click) and shared information.
Popular freeware download websites such as downloads.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com enforce the use of small programs called 'download managers' (also called 'installers,' download clients', 'download tools', etc.) to download the chosen software.
Download managers supposedly allow efficient download of chosen software, however, they are used to offer installation of third party applications together with the chosen software.
The developers make assurances that the promoted products are legitimate, and yet, reckless download and installation of freeware usually results in adware or malware infections. Decline offers to install additional programs. If you have installed Wordinator, follow the instructions below to uninstall this adware.
How did Wordinator install on my computer?
As with regular adware, Wordinator is often distributed via download managers on freeware download websites. Download managers conceal installation of third party applications within the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options, and therefore, this application is often installed by users inadvertently.
To hide additional software, download tools and installer set-ups do not properly disclose installation - thus, rushing installation and skipping steps installs unwanted software without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of third party applications can be prevented by closely analysing the free software download procedure and opting-out of any additional programs included. Furthermore, installation of downloaded software should be never rushed. Use the 'Advanced ' or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any concealed software and allow you to decline suspicious and unrecognised applications.
Deceptive free software installer used in Wordinator adware distribution:
Wordinator adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by WD'):
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- What is Wordinator?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Wordinator application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Wordinator adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Wordinator ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Wordinator' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Wordinator ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Wordinator 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 "Wordinator 126.96.36.199", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes WD ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove WD ads 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 "Wordinator", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the wd 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 "Wordinator", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the wd 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 "Wordinator".
Computer users who have problems with wd 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 wd 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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