Wave Browser Uninstall

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Wave Browser

Wave Browser is a browser program developed by Wavesor Software that’s categorized as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) because of its aggressive advertising behavior and questionable data-collection practices. The Wave Browser isn’t a virus but could still lead to security problems if not removed.

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Of course, nowadays, data collection is a common thing and people are used to the fact that a number of apps and sites are constantly gathering information from their devices. However, in the majority of cases, the user is informed about what data is being collected, who gains access to it, and how it would be used. In the case of the Wave Browser, however, the situation is rather muddy. One of the things that are odd about this program is who really stands behind it. Officially, the Wave Browser is developed by WaveSor Software. With some digging, however, it becomes clear that Wavesor Software is the trade name of a company called Polarity Technologies Ltd. Further research shows that Polarity Technologies is related to a Chinese company called Genimous Technology. The reason this is important is that there’s some controversy surrounding Genimous Technology, as the company is often associated with the creation and distribution of adware and browser hijacker apps disguised as legitimate software.

While, at first, the Wave Browser may seem like a legitimate app and function as a regular browser, there are certain characteristics that it possesses that you need to be aware of.

For starters, though this browser is based on Chromium and for the most part behaves as you would expect a Chromium-based browser to behave, it has been reported that the Wave Browser tends to cause sudden page redirects and/or generate aggressive and obstructive ads on the users’ screens. In addition, this browsing program is also known for secretly collecting different types of data related to your online activities without explicitly informing you about what types of data it collects and how that data would be used.

We will help you delete this app in the detailed removal guide we’ve posted on this page, but you must also make sure never to allow it to enter your computer again. One way to do this is to install a reliable security program, such as the one that you will find linked in the guide (which could also help with the removal). However, adopting healthy online habits and having good cyber hygiene are probably the most essential factors when it comes to keeping your system and data safe and secure.

The Wave Browser malware virus

The Wave Browser malware virus is how most users refer to this potentially unwanted program. In reality, the Wave Browser isn’t a real virus, but its presence on your computer can make the latter vulnerable to attacks from actual malware threats such as Ransomware or Trojans.

If you currently have the Wave Browser on your computer, it’s strongly recommended that you do not open it or use it for anything. Although it’s likely not going to directly harm your computer, it is possible that it may indirectly put it in danger, so it’s best to keep away from this program and focus on its prompt removal.

SUMMARY:

NameWave Browser
TypeBrowser Hijacker
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How to uninstall Wave Browser

To uninstall Wave Browser from your computer, you must either use a specialized removal program or perform the following manual steps:

  1. Run the uninstallation executable of the app or uninstall it from Control Panel > Programs and Features.
  2. Ensure that there are no Wave Browser processes or other rogue processes running in the Task Manager.
  3. Override any changes that the Wave Browser may have made in the System Registry, Tasks Scheduler, Hosts File, Services, or Startup Items list.
  4. Search for and delete any Wave Browser files that may still be on your computer to completely uninstall Wave Browser.

Both using a removal tool or performing those steps should allow you to fully delete the unwanted app from your PC. For best results, however, we recommend combining the two methods. Down below, you can find a more detailed explanation of the manual removal process, as well as a linked professional removal tool that can assist you with the deletion of the potentially unwanted program.

Detailed how to uninstall Wave Browser instructions

Before you begin with the deletion process, our advice is to temporarily disconnect from the Internet the computer that you are trying to clean. Though unlikely, it is possible that, if it stays connected to the web, the Wave Browser might reach out to its servers and download again any of its data that you manage to delete.

To have live access to the current page while your PC is not connected to the web, we suggest opening it on your phone or another device with Internet access.

Step 1

Select the Start Menu, click in its search box and type appwiz.cpl.

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Then press Enter and you will be taken to a widow with a list of all the programs that are on your computer. Search for the Wave Browser among those programs, and if you see it there, right-click its name, select the Uninstall option that appears, and perform whatever uninstallation steps pop up on your screen. Be careful while going through the uninstallation – do not allow anything related to the Wave Browser to remain on your computer, including temporary data or personalized settings.

Also, be sure to look through the list of programs for other suspicious recently-installed items, especially ones you do not recognize. If you find such programs there, uninstall them as well.

If for some reason you weren’t able to complete the uninstallation of the Wave Browser or of any other questionable program, perform the other steps from this guide and once you complete them all, try again the uninstallation process.

If you didn’t see an entry for the Wave Browser in the list of programs, try going to the browser’s folder, which should be located in the Admin User’s folder in your C: drive, and running the uninstallation executable, if there’s one in that folder.

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Step 2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Start the Task Manager – use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc combination from your keyboard to do that – and then select the tab labeled Processes. If there you see a process named Wave Browser, WaveSor, Genimous, Polarity, or anything similar to those names, right-click it, and select Open File Location. After that, switch back to the Task Manager, right-click the rogue process again, select End Process, and confirm the action. Next, delete the process folder that you just opened.

Regardless of whether you saw and ended any process(es) named Wave Browser/WaveSor, you also need to look for other suspicious processes with unusual or unfamiliar names and excessive use of hardware resources – Memory and CPU. If you notice any process/processes you think are rogue and unwanted, search in Google for their names to see if any security experts have warned about them. You can also ask us in the comments, and we will tell you if a given process in your Task Manager might be rogue.

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    Naturally, any process that is confirmed to be rogue and/or has malware files in its folder needs to be ended, after which its folder should be deleted.

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    Step 3

    You must now put your computer in Safe Mode – the idea is to prevent the Wave Browser from starting again its processes, because, when Safe Mode is enabled, Windows allows only essential system processes to start automatically.

    Step 4

    For this step, you must thoroughly check and clean different system settings. The easiest way to do this is to use the Start Menu search bar to find and open those settings. Type the items we’ve shown below in the Start Menu search, press Enter to open them, and then proceed with completing the specific instructions we’ve shown for each item.

    Msconfig – Select the Startup tab in the System Configuration window to see the list of startup items enabled on your PC. if you are using Windows 10, also click the Open Task Manager button to open the list. Next, search for Wave Browser/WaveSor entries and if you see any, disable them. Additionally, if you see any items named Genimous or Polarity, disable them as well. You should also uncheck any other suspicious or unknown entries shown on the list. Once everything that may be linked to the unwanted program is disabled, click OK.

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    Services.msc – Search in the list of services for anything that may be related to the Wave Browser and if you see such a service, right-click it, go to its Properties, and set its Startup type to Disabled, after which click OK to save the change.

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    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts – Look for strange IPs listed at the end of the text in the file that opens and if you find any, put them in the comments below and wait for our reply, in which we will tell you if you’d need to delete those IPs from the file.

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    Task Scheduler – In the window that opens, click the Task Scheduler Library folder that should be in the top-left, then look at what tasks are shown in the center of the window, and if any of them seem linked to the Wave Browser, right-click their names, select Delete, and confirm the action.

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    Regedit.exe – Before Registry Editor (regedit.exe) app opens, your Admin permission will be required, so click Yes to continue. When the Editor appears on your screen, press Ctrl and F at the same time and a search bar will appear. Type WaveBrowser in the search bar and click Find Next. If an item related to the Wave Browser is found, delete it, then search again, delete the next thing, and keep going until the search is no longer finding any related results.

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    Next, in the same way, search separately for “WaveSor”, “Genimous”, and “Polarity”, and delete any items that may be found for those search words.

    Finally, in the left panel of the Registry, manually find these next three locations and search them for unusually-named items that seem to have randomly-generated names like, for instance “2q9dj90jd90t930ui092tj0jf409j2309r”. In case you come across one or more such items, rather than directly deleting them, first tell us about them in the comments, and we will soon inform you if the item/s must indeed be removed from your Registry.

    Step 5

    Lastly, use the search bar of the Start Menu to look for “Folder Options” and open the first item that appears. Then click the View section, check the Show hidden files, folders, and drives setting if it’s currently not selected, and click OK.

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    Next, go to your C: drive and open the folder of the Admin User that you are currently logged in as. In there, search for a folder named WaveBrowser, WaveSor, Genimous, or Polarity and if you find such a folder, open it and delete everything there.

    After that, check the following list of files, search for them in your system, and delete them if any of them are still in the computer (do not be intimidated by the large number of files – they are spread across only a handful of locations, so it should be easy to find and delete them quickly).

    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStore\T8DRMTJ1\download.wavebrowser[1].xml
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Recovery\High\Active\RecoveryStore.{1B7A10AB-9685-11EB-90E6-ECF4BB82F7E0}.dat
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Recovery\High\Active\{1B7A10AD-9685-11EB-90E6-ECF4BB82F7E0}.dat
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Recovery\High\Active\{21A27BA3-9685-11EB-90E6-ECF4BB82F7E0}.dat
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\imagestore\po60zt0\imagestore.dat
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\mms\XHL20WJ3\audiohh1[1].dat
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\6xK-dSZaM9iE8KbpRA_LJ3z8mH9BOJvgkP8o18I[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\AppEsteem_Seal_Logo[1].png
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\Privacy[1].htm
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\View[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\Wave[1].png
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\analytics[1].js
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\modernizr[1].js
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\proper[1].js
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\uninstall-1[1].jpg
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\uninstall-wav2[1].png
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\verticalized[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\0MX4YUS9\wave-logo[1].png
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\6xK-dSZaM9iE8KbpRA_LJ3z8mH9BOJvgkBgv18I[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\6xK-dSZaM9iE8KbpRA_LJ3z8mH9BOJvgkM0o18I[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\Dark[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\KFOlCnqEu92Fr1MmWUlvAA[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\Support[1].htm
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\Terms[1].htm
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\css2[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\css2[2].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\css[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\fontawesome-webfont[1].eot
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\2K7JPOQS\uninstall-2[1].jpg
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\Blue[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\DOPEBDP8.htm
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\Light[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\Uninstall[1].htm
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\bootstrap[1].js
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\css[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\fontawesome-webfont[1].eot
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\jquery[1].js
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\message-in-a-bottle3[1].svg
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\proper[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\uninstall-wav1[1].png
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\uninstall-wav3[1].png
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\6M6D1PMD\v8[1].css
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOiCnqEu92Fr1Mu51QrIzQ[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOjCnqEu92Fr1Mu51S7ABc-[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOjCnqEu92Fr1Mu51TLBBc-[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOjCnqEu92Fr1Mu51TjARc-[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOjCnqEu92Fr1Mu51TzBhc-[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOkCnqEu92Fr1MmgWxM[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOkCnqEu92Fr1Mu52xM[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOlCnqEu92Fr1MmEU9vAA[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOlCnqEu92Fr1MmSU5vAA[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOlCnqEu92Fr1MmYUtvAA[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\KFOmCnqEu92Fr1Me5g[1].woff
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\VAHFWDJC\js[1].js
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\~DF7FD3D292BEBED920.TMP
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\~DF9CB449726F940C42.TMP
    • C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\~DFF20708508467AF7C.TMP

    If the Wave Browser malware is still in the system

    If this undesirable app keeps bothering you, and you’ve not been able to fully delete it despite completing all the steps shown in this guide, we recommend using an anti-malware tool, such as the one we’ve linked in the guide, to eliminate the PUP. It’s just that sometimes, apps like the Wave Browser create system entries in locations that are difficult to find and are thus able to remain on the computer for long, even when the user is actively trying to erase them. However, the removal tool included on this page can perform a deep scan of the entire system and find and delete everything related to the rogue app, so that the latter would have no chance of staying on your computer or automatically returning to it.

    What is Wave Browser?

    Wave Browser is a potentially unwanted browsing program that is known for displaying aggressive advertisements and collecting user data without permission. Wave Browser gets distributed via file bundles and can be rather difficult to remove due to changes it tends to make in the system.

    The most likely reason you’ve landed the Wave Browser is that you’ve recently downloaded and installed, knowingly or not, a file bundle that contained the PUP. This is why, in the future, you need to be very selective regarding the download sources you use and the software that you download, and you must also be very vigilant when installing anything new on your PC. Always look at the Advanced/Custom installation settings and read the EULA so that nothing unexpected and/or unwanted gets past you and enters your system. 

    Is Wave Browser Safe?

    Wave Browser is regarded as unsafe by many cyber-security experts due to the unwanted changes it introduces to the system without the user’s permission. Another reason the Wave Browser is a potentially unsafe app is its questionable advertising and data collection practices.

    Considering the uncertainty surrounding the origins of this app and its rather questionable and oftentimes intrusive behavior, it really seems that the best course of action is to simply delete it from your PC once and for all.

    How to uninstall Wave Browser?

    To uninstall Wave Browser, it’s often not enough to simply delete it from the Apps & Features list, as there would usually be remnants of the hijacker that must also be eliminated. To fully remove Wave Browser, you must also clean your system’s settings and your browsers.

    1. First, delete anything suspicious that you may find in Apps & Features.
    2. Next, kill any questionable processes that may still be in the Task Manager and also delete their location folders.
    3. Ensure that system settings such as the Registry, the Task Scheduler, or the Services are cleaned from Wave Browser items.
    4. Lastly, clear the data of every browser and delete from them any unknown and questionable extensions that may be related to Wave Browser.

    This is a quick rundown of the specific steps that need to be completed to uninstall Wave Browser and the order you should complete them in. For additional details on each step, check out the guide posted on this page.

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    About the author

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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

    10 Comments

      • Hi, Samuel Criswell,did you go through the whole removal guide? You have to go to the removal guide carefully.

    • Hello,

      I am the system administrator for wavebrowser, a website owned by iSign International Llc. We are building a legitimate Internet browser, unfortunately another company has launched an homologous product (the one you refer to in this article) that is making things difficult.

      I’d like your help in changing the first screenshot in this guide, as it is of our website, and not the infringing piece of software found here: wavebrowser.co

      We’d appreciate it if you could update the screenshot with the correct image.

      I tried emailing your “info” email, but it bounced back.

      Thanks in advance.

      • Hi Oriol Remolina,
        thank you for the information that you have provided, we appreciate the help. We changed the picture.

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