WebDiscover is a browser hijacker often bundled with freeware (free software downloaded from the Internet). WebDiscover (by WebDiscover Media) will install a customized Chromium browser and change your search engine and start page. One thing to bear in mind about Webdiscover, and the browser hijacker category in general, is that these apps might try to promote other software products in some rather dishonest ways. A common example of that is when an app like Webdiscover shows you ads that are made to look like virus warnings that urge you to buy a certain security program in order to deal with malware that’s probably not on your computer.
If you’re certain WebDiscover is the reason behind the unpleasant pop-up adverts and redirects you’re dealing with, you are quite possibly correct. This program is infamous for having such an agenda and many people are searching for a way to remove it. What you’re dealing with is known as a browser hijacker application and such apps have been around for quite some time now. If you do not remember installing this piece of software yourself, it is very likely due to the fact it managed to get in your machine with the assistance of another program you may have willingly installed – the browser hijackers are sneaky like this.
How to get rid of WebDiscover?
You can try a quick way to get rid of WebDiscover by following these steps:
- Click on the Start button at the bottom left of your screen.
- Search for and select Control Panel.
- Now open Programs and Features (Uninstall a Program).
- Search for WebDiscover and other unfamiliar entries.
- Get rid of WebDiscover and any other suspicious items by clicking on Uninstall.
If this does not do the trick you will need to complete some additional steps, outlined at the bottom half of this article.
One of the most irritating traits of browser hijackers like Webdiscover is when they try to aggressively promote certain software products by displaying fake warnings in your browser. Usually, the warnings that an app like Webdiscover might spam you with tell you about a (non-existent) problem with your computer such as a malware infection and then offer you a solution in the form of the security program that they advertise.
For a WebDiscover Uninstall :
- Click on Start at the bottom left of your screen.
- Go to Control Panel.
- Open the Uninstall a Program feature.
- Search for WebDiscover.
- Uninstall WebDiscover and by clicking the Uninstall button.
Another very widespread way of getting invaded by software such as this is through fake emails. Even matter if a letter is not in your spam folder, it can still be a security risk. If you think a newly received e-mail may not be safe, delete it without even accessing it. A surprisingly large number of people get their machines infected by using threatening internet websites such as adult video websites, torrent websites and others. Make sure you keep that in mind. One helpful tip in preserving your computer clean is to consistently scan it for malware so as to be able to ensure maximum protection.
How to remove Webdiscover?
Looking for instructions on how to remove WebDiscover? Try this:
- Go to your Control Panel.
- Then choose Programs and Uninstall a Program.
- In the next window look for WebDiscover and anything else that seems unfamiliar to you.
- Select Webdiscover and anything else suspicious and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove“.
In fact, quite a few browser hijacker programs offer some sort of real functionality to their users – what makes them truly unwanted is the fact that the ads are extremely annoying to put up with. There could be different opinions on whether a piece of software is indeed a browser hijacker, and it’s all usually as a result of the irritation threshold of the particular person. Some people could regard this program as useful, while others will only ever see the aggravation of its adverts. We’ve created this article to help people get rid of it. Our team believes that removing the browser hijacker applications is certainly much better than trying to get used to the ads and this is the reason why this article exists.
Tips to help you fend off such apps in the future
While working your way around potentially unwanted programs (PUP’s) and other more harmful programs, it really is crucial to learn how they’re distributed. Knowledge of the methods used to distribute unwanted software is the single most effective strategy to prevent landing this kind of intrusive programs in the future.
The program bundling is regarded as the most frequently used technique when we talk about spreading browser hijackers. The fact that the browser hijacker is packed with a program you may be about to install is oftentimes not disclosed clearly and that is why customers download the desired freeware, shareware or torrent without being informed about the extra installs. Installing the application without paying attention to the specifics is not a wise idea. Thus, make certain that you examine all the specifics shown in the installation setup. Browser hijacker programmers take advantage of the Default installation setting as a method to obtain the user’s approval to install the added undesirable components. Making use of the Advanced setup setting is necessary for anybody who doesn’t want to be taken by surprise.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The ads always give away the presence of such pesky apps.|
|Distribution Method||Most users install file bundles that have hijackers in them and that’s how their browsers get invaded.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
How to delete WebDiscover
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove WebDiscover from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove WebDiscover from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove WebDiscover from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!