WebDiscover Adware

Also Known As: WebDiscover PUP
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

WebDiscover removal instructions

What is WebDiscover?

WebDiscover is a browser that supposedly allows users to surf the Internet directly from the desktop and enables various features such as VPN, music streaming, media play, weather forecasts, etc. - "The WebDiscover browser seamlessly integrates your favorite Chrome features and settings into one convenient tool to search the web... all from the comfort of your desktop." Since this app is based on Google Chrome, and has the same User Interface, it may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). WebDiscover often installs on systems without users’ consent (one of the reasons for these negative associations). Furthermore, this app monitors Internet browsing activity, displays ads, and may cause unwanted browser redirects.

WebDiscover adware

Once installed, WebDiscover positions a URL bar on the top of the screen that opens the browser once a website address is entered. If the user attempts to search the Internet, WebDiscover firstly redirects to the trovi.com website, and then to the Bing search engine. In addition, the bar at the top of the screen cannot be closed. WebDiscover may display various intrusive online advertisements including, for example, in-text links, and coupons. These commonly redirect to e-commerce websites such as online stores, however, they may also redirect to bogus websites, thereby causing high-risk computer infections. Furthermore, this application collects various Internet browsing-related information including websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar details that can contain personally identifiable information. This gathered information is later shared with third parties and could be misused. Therefore, having an information-tracking app installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall WebDiscover from your system.

There are hundreds of PUPs similar to WebDiscover - all adware-type apps offer features to significantly improve the Internet browsing experience. These claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimate and useful software. In fact, apps such as SpeedGuardBest Price Ninja, and Kellystoys are designed to generate revenue for the developers by displaying advertisements and collecting personally identifiable information. Adware-type apps provide none of the features promised.

How did WebDiscover install on my computer?

WebDiscover has an official download website, however, it is also 'bundled' as a third party application with regular software. Many users rush the download and installation procedures and skip most steps, not realizing that bogus apps are usually hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By skipping these options, users often inadvertently install bogus apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Pay close attention when downloading and installing software. Follow each step of the software download procedure and ensure that only the chosen app is downloaded. Furthermore, when installing software, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled software listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

Deceptive free software installers used in WebDiscover Browser adware distribution:

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WebDiscover adware installer set-up:

WebDiscover installer set-up

Screenshot of WebDiscover desktop URL bar (redirecting to trovi.com):

WebDiscover adware application

Screenshot of WebDiscover Chromium based browser:

webdiscover application

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Quick menu:

WebDiscover adware removal:

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.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.

Mac 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.

webdiscover browser adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "WebDiscover Browser 1.219.2", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

Remove WebDiscover adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, WebDiscover 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 WebDiscover 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 WebDiscover ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the webdiscover pup, 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 WebDiscover 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 WebDiscover ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the webdiscover pup, 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 WebDiscover 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 WebDiscover ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with webdiscover pup 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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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naomi

This is the best thing that had ever happended to me thank you so much but this littly saved me from littlery throwing my laptop way thank you so much

Jon Steven Schaa

Calm down, Shrubb

Adam

I tried to remove WebDiscover after it crept in my system on the back of uTorrent by uninstalling, but it did not remove it. The way I removed this was to run a System Restore (takes about 15 mins) to a time before the program was downloaded, this will wipe any programs installed after that date. Control Panel/System/System Protection then run it from there. Then for good measure 'show hidden folders' and go to C:\Program Files and also C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local and delete its folder from both locations. Horrible scam program WebDiscover.

John Shrubb

Thanks a lot, you may need to include the fact that you need to full screen to get all of your desktop back, this was a problem with me, I couldn't get all of my desktop back until I full screened into that video, oh and why are you revealing everyone's full name?

Matthew Cohen

Thank you for the details and pictures i was going to g crazy.

SickShot4416

This honestly saved me from putting my fist through my computer screen. thank you so much for having this article written in detail enough to where even I was able to figure out how to get rid of this Disease of a program.

JayRenee

This was extremely helpful. I couldn't figure out how and why the bar suddenly appeared and why it wouldn't go away. I thought it was some of the recent downloads so i uninstalled everything to only realize it was something i unintentionally downloaded. But thanks to this everythings back to normal thanks :).