What is Web Updater?
Web Updater is a dubious application that supposedly helps to keep installer software up-to-date by notifying of newer versions available. On initial inspection, this app may seem legitimate and useful, however, Web Updater often infiltrates systems without users’ permission.
Furthermore, it generates intrusive advertisements and collects browsing-related information. For these reasons, Web Updater is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
This application continually tracks Internet browsing activity and gathers various information such as IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. There is a high probability that some of this information will be personally identifiable. Furthermore, the data is shared with third party companies who are likely to misuse it to generate revenue.
Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Web Updater employs a 'virtual layer' to generate pop-up, banner, coupon, and other similar intrusive ads.
None originate from users' visited websites, and by concealing website content, these advertisements significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience.
Some redirect users to various untrusted sites that are likely to contain infectious content. Thus, clicking them risks further adware or malware infections. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall Web Updater immediately.
Web Updater is virtually identical to Re-Markit, Triangle Trail, SmartShop, and tens of other potentially unwanted programs. All adware falsely claims to improve the Internet browsing experience by providing various 'valuable' functions, however, such fake promises are simply attempts to give the impression of legitimate software.
These apps are designed to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than enabling the functionality promised, they generate intrusive advertisements and continually track the Internet browsing activity.
How did Web Updater install on my computer?
The developers of Web Updater employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of dubious software with regular software/apps. The developers know that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software and, therefore, intentionally conceal rogue software within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings.
By rushing the download and installation processes, users expose their systems to risk of infection and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Be attentive when downloading and installing software. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will expose all bundled software that should be cancelled. There is a high probability that additionally-included software will be malicious and, therefore, it should never be installed.
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- What is Web Updater?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Web Updater application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Web Updater adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Web Updater ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Web Updater' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Web Updater ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Web Updater 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 "Web Updater version 22.214.171.124", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Web Updater ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Web Updater adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Web Updater 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 ads by web updater, 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 ads by web updater, 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 ads by web updater 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 ads by web updater, 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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