WebOptimum removal instructions
What is WebOptimum?
WebOptimum is a deceptive application claiming to improve the Internet browsing experience. By offering valuable features, WebOptimum often tricks users into believing that it is a legitimate application. Be aware, however, that WebOptimum generates intrusive online advertisements, causes unwanted browser redirects, and even infiltrates systems without users’ permission. For these reasons, WebOptimum is categorized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
The types of advertisements generated by WebOptimum include (but are not limited to) pop-up, banner, video, and audio ads. All are displayed using a 'virtual layer' (a tool allowing placement of third party graphical content on any websites visited), thus, none originate from users' visited websites. By concealing the underlying content, third party advertisements significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. Some redirect to untrusted sites that may contain malicious content. Clicking any advertisements generated by this adware is risky and might lead to further adware or malware infections. Users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, since WebOptimum gathers various browsing-related information including IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries entered into search engines, and other similar data that might contain personal details. The developers of WebOptimum share this gathered information with third parties who are likely to misuse personal information to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of WebOptimum can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall WebOptimum immediately.
WebOptimum is regular adware-type program and, thus, shares many similarities with other PUPs such as Dynamic Pricer, Internet Quick Access, and AmazingTab. These also claim to improve the Internet browsing experience, however, the purpose of adware-type applications is to generate income for the developers. Rather than providing the functionality promised, WebOptimum, and other similar apps, generate intrusive online advertisements, and collect personally identifiable information. Users receive no real value.
How did WebOptimum install on my computer?
This program is often distributed as a 'bundle' with other software. Bundling is stealth installation of third party programs with regular software/apps. Many users are unaware that developers intentionally hide rogue apps within the 'Custom/Advanced' download or installation settings and, therefore, rush these processes. By skipping most/all steps, they often install rogue apps inadvertently, expose their systems to risk of further infection, and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
This situation can be prevented by closely analyzing each step of the software download and installation processes. Closely analyze each step using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Cancel all bundled programs, since there is a high probability that third party app will be bogus. Download your chosen software from a trusted source only - freeware download and other similar software distribution sites often use download managers that bundle additional apps.
Deceptive free software installer distributing WebOptimum adware:
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- What is WebOptimum?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WebOptimum application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove WebOptimum adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove WebOptimum ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by WebOptimum' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove WebOptimum ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
WebOptimum adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "WebOptimum 1.0", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes WebOptimum ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove WebOptimum 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 "IeWebOptimumPlugin.BHO", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the weboptimum 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 "WebOptimum", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the weboptimum 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 "Web Optimum".
Computer users who have problems with weboptimum 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 weboptimum 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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