This page aims to show you how to remove Web Bar. These Web Bar removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer as well as every version of Windows.
Web Bar is a suspiciously acting program of the Browser Hijacker variety. This is a form of malware distinctive for the large amount of pop-up advertisements and web page redirects that it subjects the affected users to.
The ads are certainly annoying but must be very careful not to indulge in clicking on them or in any way interacting, the reason being additional malicious software might find its way to your hard drive if you are not careful.
The same applies to the web page redirects, once you find yourself on an unfamiliar website, don’t spend time there but leave as soon as possible. Do not install any type of software if suggested by the virus.
|Danger Level||Medium.This is certainly annoying but you should also be careful not to install additional malicious content.
|Symptoms||An Unwanted web bar banner appears and refuses to go away, unwanted ads and browser redirects.|
|Distribution Method||As an addition to a freeware software, file sharing websites, email attachments.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Web Bar from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
How was Web Bar installed?
You might be wondering exactly how you ended up with a malicious software installed on your computer, it is important to answer that question so you can avoid making the same mistake in the future. We are going to list the different methods that Browser Hijacker applications use to spread.
- An old method that is still being used today to a varying degree of success is the e-mail attachments infection. Meaning downloading infected files from an e-mail you have received in your mailbox. You should be always careful when opening a message from a previously unknown sender. It is best if you avoid downloading attachments from such e-mails at least until you have the chance to scan with anti-malware or anti-virus scanner.
- Most people nowadays have used or are continuously using torrents and file-sharing websites to download some kind of content. This has been recognized from virus creators and it is not an uncommon occurrence to find infected executable file in such places. You should be always careful if you download something and scan it first before opening.
- By far the most widespread method for Browser Hijacker contamination is the software bundle installers. Usually packaged with a legit software and in most cases some sort of freeware, additional software is packaged and set for installation alongside the one you are actually trying to install. Sometimes this additional software might be harmless or simply annoying but most times with end up with Browser Hijacker at the least. The only way for you to prevent this is if you click on Advanced installation options and carefully review everything before you commit to the actual installation.
How To Remove Web Bar (Removal)
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is just the first preparation.
The first mandatory thing is to Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders. Read here more how to do it. Each version of Windows does this slightly differently.
- I repeat – it’s extremely important you do this. Web Bar may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them to delete them.
How To Get Rid Of Web Bar
Web Bar has every intention and ability to spread throughout all web browsers you have on your hard drive. It has more than likely already accomplished that goal. Now it falls on your shoulders to be absolutely thorough and extirpate the pest once and for all. This means that you will need to arm yourself with extra patience and start repeating steps 2 and 3 from our removal guide for each and every last web browser located on your hard drive. This can be quite annoying but it is absolutely necessary if you don’t want to risk the virus returning right after your next system reboot.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply. Also, Reset Your IE Settings
Remove Web Bar from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
Remove Web Bar from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, delete EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Uninstall any suspicious programs. Also, viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – then copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Right click on the Taskbar and choose “Start Task Manager.”
Then click the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
WARNING! IMPORTANT TO READ FIRST!
Since you are so close to completely removing Web Bar from your computer it is very easy to lower your guard and let complacency start creeping in. This would be a huge mistake. The last steps left to be completed are especially hard and tricky and can be a real challenge to user’s who have not manually removed malware before. These steps are also very dangerous if messed up, because you will be essentially operating with important system files. Even a small mistake could potentially lead to full system breakdown and the device being rendered unusable.
If you are not feeling up to the task at hand or don’t want to take chances with your computer then we strongly recommend considering downloading and installing a professional anti-malware scanner and remover.
Not only is this safer but you will also be able to use this tool in the future to determine if another threat needs removing.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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