Wind Browser removal instructions
What is Wind Browser?
Wind is a dubious chromium-based web browser falsely claiming to significantly improve browsing performance and online safety. By giving these fake promises, Wind browser often tricks users to install. This app often infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Furthermore, Wind continually monitors browsing activity and displays intrusive online advertisements. For these reasons, it is classed as a potentially unwanted adware-type program (PUP).
Once infiltrated, Wind browser collects IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, etc. This data might contain private details. Furthermore, the developers of Wind share this gathered data with third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of an information-tracking app such as Wind browser on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. In addition, Wind browser delivers various intrusive online advertisements such as banner, pop-up, etc. To achieve this, the developers employ a 'virtual layer', which enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited website. These ads often conceal underlying content, thus, significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, displayed ads can lead to malicious sites - clicking them risks further adware or malware infections. For these reasons, we strongly advise that you uninstall Wind browser immediately.
Wind browser shares many similarities with other bogus browsers such as BrowserAir, Kometa, Qword, and many others. False claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience are merely attempts give the impression of legitimate software. In fact, none of these apps provide the functionality promised - rogue chromium-browsers simply deliver intrusive online advertisements, collect personal data, and cause unwanted browser redirects, thereby generating revenue for the developers.
How did Wind Browser install on my computer?
Although Wind browser has an official download website, many users install this application inadvertently, since it is often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular software/apps). Developers hide Wind within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings of the download or installation processes. Therefore, users who skip this section, often install potentially unwanted programs such as Wind browser inadvertently.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Installation of potentially unwanted programs can be prevented by taking two simple steps. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Select the the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings and closely observe each step. Secondly, never accept offers to download or install additional programs, since additionally-included apps are often malicious.
Screenshot of Wind Browser application:
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- What is Wind Browser?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Wind Browser application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Wind Browser adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Wind Browser ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Wind Browser' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Wind Browser ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Wind Browser 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 "Wind", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Wind Browser ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Wind Browser adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Wind Browser 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 wind browser ads, 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 wind browser ads, 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 wind browser ads 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 wind browser ads, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove wind browser ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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