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Ads by WordShark

Also Known As: WordShark adware
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

WordShark removal instructions

What is WordShark?

WordShark is a deceptive application offering a word-translation feature. This, however, is merely an attempt to present it as a legitimate app, since WordShark is distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' and is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Many users inadvertently install this application during download or installation of free software. WordShark infiltrates most popular Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) and, as with regular adware, displays intrusive online advertisements (marked as 'Ads by WordShark'). To achieve this, developers use a virtual layer to display third party graphical content on any visited website. Displayed advertisements may open in a new browser tab or window. Commonly, in-text transitional, in-text link, price comparison, coupons, targeted, and other adverts generated by applications such as Word Shark, redirect to websites selling merchandise or offering certain features. Despite this, there is a high probability that users will be redirected to bogus websites containing infectious content, thus, clicking them can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.

Word Shark adware

WordShark (and most other adware) collects various browsing-related information, since users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored. Adware-type applications are able to collect various information such as websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, cookies, web beacons, cache, saved passwords, keyboard/mouse input, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geolocations, etc.  This collected information may include credit card passwords. Despite the Privacy Policies of adware stating otherwise, this data is often personally identifiable and later shared with third parties (possibly cyber criminals). Thus, having this adware installed on your system may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For this reason, never install adware-type applications such as Word Shark on your computer.

WordShark is identical to Wordinator and Super Click, both of which are developed by the same company and offer identical features. There are hundreds of other applications that have similarities to Word Shark. These adware-type applications offer useful features to trick users into installation. For instance, PriceFountain, PriceLess, OffersWizard, and Shopsafer claim to provide a range of discounts when shopping online, however, as is the case with WordShark, they provide no real value. These applications are developed to generate revenue for the developers on each click of displayed ads and for information sharing. Most adware is distributed on freeware download websites including downloads.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com, etc., which monetize their traffic and free services via small programs called 'download managers'. When downloading free software, users are forced to employ these programs to download their chosen software. Download managers supposedly 'speed up and ease' the download process, however, their purpose is to generate offers of third party software installation (presented as 'legitimate and virus-free'). Rushing installation and carelessly accepting these offers risks adware or malware infections (in this case, WordShark). Therefore, you should never accept offers to install unrecognised applications. If you have installed this bogus app, the following instructions will guide you through removal of Word Shark adware from your system.

How did Word Shark install on my computer?

Research shows that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software - they skip most steps of the download/installation process. The developers of adware-type applications exploit this behavior, thereby hiding installation within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options and not properly disclosing this activity. In some instances, users are provided with no information regarding installation of third party software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

If possible, use a direct download link rather than any download clients offered. If you are forced to use a download application, closely analyse each step of the free software download process and decline offers to download additional programs. Similarly, with installation of downloaded software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any unrecognized apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. You are strongly advised to download software from official websites only, rather than from various download sites.

WordShark installer setup:

wordshark installer setup

Deceptive free software installers used in WordShark adware distribution:

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WordShark adware generating intrusive online ads ('Ads by WordShark') :

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Quick menu:

WordShark adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

wordshark adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Word Shark", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes WordShark ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove WordShark ads from Internet browsers:

At time of research, WordShark 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Word Shark ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing Word Shark ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the wordshark 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Word Shark ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Removing Word Shark ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the wordshark adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Word Shark ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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.

Removing Word Shark ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with wordshark adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the wordshark adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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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