Is Wave Browser a virus?
Wave Browser is not a virus program, but some users may regard it as unwanted software because it could install without the user’s informed permission. Wave Browser won’t harm your PC, but it might be difficult to remove.
Users have recently been reporting the appearance of an unusual and unfamiliar browser on their computers called Wave Browser. Due to the sudden and unexpected appearance of this browser in the system, most people consider it to be a potentially unwanted app or even malware. The truth is that this browser isn’t harmful or dangerous, and it won’t threaten your computer. The majority of cybersecurity research companies classify this program as safe – the only exception is Fortinet, according to which Wave Browser is malware.
Even if the browser is safe, however, anything that gets installed without your informed permission can indeed be considered potentially unwanted and so it would be understandable if you’d prefer to delete this app from your PC.
One important thing to be pointed out here is that apps that get installed without the user knowledge often tend to be distributed alongside other questionable software. Therefore, if Wave Browser is presently on your computer, and you didn’t willingly install it, then it’s best to perform a full check of the system in case there are other software components in it that can be regarded as unwanted and/or unsafe.
Is Wave Browser safe?
Wave is a safe Window 10 app that isn’t intended to damage your system or expose it to harm. However, Wave Browser for Windows 10 may potentially be bundled with other software components, some of which may be undesirable and possibly unsafe to the system.
Usually, potentially unwanted apps/programs (PUPs/PUAs) such as Wave Browser rely on file bundles to get installed on more computers. The problem with that is such file bundles often have other unwanted and unreliable items attached to them. Once the bundle gets installed, all components present in it get installed in the system as well. Since this happens automatically, the user doesn’t usually realize what other software has been added to the system. In other words, if you currently have Wave Browser, then it is possible that there are some other questionable (and even potentially unsafe) apps on your computer. Because of this, it is important to scan your system for any potential threats that may need to be removed.
Wavesor Software is the developer company behind the potentially unwanted Wave Browser app. The Wavesor Software Wave Browser is regarded as undesirable software, and it is recommended that users uninstall it if they find it on their computers and then scan the system for malware.
We have been unable to find any specific information about the Wavesor Software company. The Wave Browser program is supposedly developed by it but when you take a look at the Wave Browser page in the Microsoft Store and the Google Play Store, the developer of the browser is shown to be iSign International – this is a legitimate digital security company that has several cybersecurity-oriented products. On its official site, users can find a redirect to the website of the Wave Browser where there’s some scarce information about the browser that outlines its main features and characteristics without getting into any details.
Overall, it seems that Wave Browser is indeed not a rogue type of software, but it also looks like it isn’t something that you should keep on your computer, especially if it ended up there with the help of a file bundle.
|Danger Level||Low (PUPs are typically not harmful but could expose the system to more serious threats)|
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The WaveBrowser Virus
The WaveBrowser virus is any harmful software that may have entered your system by being bundled to Wave Browser. The WaveBrowser virus could enter your system and manipulate its settings without your knowledge or permission once you get the actual browser installed.
Before you check your computer for any actual threats that may have been installed in it alongside Wave Browser, we suggest you first uninstall the browser itself. If you’ve already tried that, you may have found that you are unable to delete the app and this could lead you to think that you the browser is actually a malicious virus. However, that’s not the case and there’s an easy way to uninstall Wave Browser that we have shown below:
- First, click the Start Menu on your Windows 10 PC.
- Click the Settings button (the gear icon) and go to Apps.
- Select Startup and look for the Wave Browser entry among the listed apps.
- When you find the Wave Browser entry, toggle off the button next to it in order to disable that app.
- Go to Start Menu > Settings again and click the Task Manager.
- Click on the Startup tab and find the Wave Browser entry from the list.
- See what its status is at the moment – if it is enabled, right-click the entry and then select Disable.
- Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Wave Browser in the programs list that shows up.
- When you find it, select it, click Uninstall from the top, and follow the uninstallation wizard steps until the unwanted app is removed.
- If you are still not allowed to delete the app, restart the computer and try uninstalling it again.
Those steps should be enough to rid you of Wave Browser but if there are any other unwanted (or malicious) components on your computer, you may need to perform several other steps to make sure your computer is secure. You can find those steps in the malware removal guide shown below, and we suggest you go to it and complete its instructions. This is especially important if the steps you’ve completed thus far didn’t allow you to delete the Wave Browser. In such cases, it is likely that some rogue software is helping the browser stay active in your system, so it’s essential that you find that rogue software and delete it ASAP.
Uninstall WaveBrowser Virus
To remove WaveBrowser, one must first check every browser in the system for hijacker extensions and delete them:
- Open the main browser on your PC and select the icon of its menu.
- From the menu, click on the Extensions or Add-ons button.
- Carefully look through the items listed on the next page and if any of them seem like they may be linked to WaveBrowser, uninstall them.
- To remove WaveBrowser completely, it is strongly advisable that you do the same with any other browsers that are on your computer.
Once you delete any unwanted add-ons from all your browsers, restart the system, open the main browser, and check if the problem has been taken care of. If there are no more hijacker symptoms, you don’t have to do anything else. On the other hand, if WaveBrowser is still there and its effects can still be seen in the browser, you should finish the rest of the guide in order to eliminate it.
Before you begin the completion of the next steps, consider bookmarking this page or opening it on another device because you will be required to restart the computer and the browser at various points during the completion of the guide.
Most hijacker applications are delivered to the systems of their victims through free and low-quality software that users willingly install. Therefore, you should start by going to the Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program and checking the list of program installs for any sketch items that may have gotten the hijacker added to your system. It may help if you focus on the programs installed near the date of the first appearance of WaveBrowser in your browser.
If there is a program you think should be uninstalled because it may be related to WaveBrowser, select it, click Uninstall (the button at the top) and follow the steps from the uninstaller. If the uninstallation wizard suggests keeping any custom settings for the program, click NO.
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Next, go into your Task Manager (you can search for it in the Start Menu or simply press Ctrl +Shift + Esc). In the Task Manager, click the Processes section and look for resource-intensive processes with odd and unusual names that are unfamiliar to you.
If a process in the Task Manager seems suspicious, and you think it could be coming from WaveBrowser, look up its name and see what information you can find about it. If there are reports from other users or from security researchers that suggest that the process in question may be malicious and unwanted, you should Quit that process.
Another way of checking whether a certain suspicious process may be related to the hijacker that you should also try is to right-click the process, select the Open File Location button, and scan the files in the folder that shows up. We suggest using the powerful online scanning tool that you can find below:
If the scanner spots malware in any of the tested files, you should first quit the suspected process and then delete the folder in which the files are contained. If you aren’t allowed to delete the folder, try to delete as many files as you can that are contained in it and then continue with the guide. Later, once the guide is finished, come back here and try one more time to delete the location folder.
For this step, you should go into Safe Mode on your computer. This will help keep any hijacker processes that you didn’t find and quit in the last step from running while you are completing the next steps.
Press Winkey and R from the keyboard and type (paste) the following in the Run window:
- notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts
Click on OK and a notepad file named Hosts will appear. Look at the bottom of the text in the file – if there are any IPs written there, this means that the file has been manipulated by third-party software (likely WaveBrowser). Send us the found IPs down in the comments and once we have a look at them, we will be able to tell you if they are indeed from the hijacker and if there’s anything you need to do about them.
Again, in the Run window, type msconfig, hit Enter, and open the Startup tab in the System Configuration window that shows up. There, uncheck the boxes of all entries that look suspicious and/or are unknown to you and then select OK.
Go to Run again, this time type ncpa.cpl, and click OK. Then right-click on the network that’s currently in use (the one without an X next to its icon). Click Properties from the menu, then select the Internet Protocol Version 4 entry, and go to Properties. In the next window, make sure that the Obtain DNS Server Addresses setting is enabled and open Advanced. In the DNS tab of Advanced, see if there are any listed IPs and if there are, delete them and then click OK on every window.
Before you start completing this step, be warned that you should be very careful when deleting items from the Registry Editor. Only delete things that you are sure need to be removed or else, if you delete the wrong item, the system may become unstable and other problems may occur as well. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you ask us in the comments if you are in doubt about anything related to what you should be doing in this step.
Once again, go to Run, as shown in the previous step, and type regedit in the field. Hit Enter and then select Yes to open the Registry Editor utility.
In it, open the menu labelled Edit and then go to Find. In the search box, type the hijacker’s name and click Find Next. Delete whatn gets found, then do another serach, delete the next thing, rinse and repeat until no more results related to WaveBrowser are left.
After that find the next locations in the left side panel of the Registry Editor:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
Look for folders with unusually long names in those locations as well as ones with names that contain seemingly random characters (random letters and/or numbers). If you see such folders, delete them.
To finish this guide, you should go to each of your browsers once again and clean them from anything that may be linked to WaveBrowser (rogue extensions and settings, temporary hijacker data, etc.)
Start by right-clicking the browser icon, accessing the browser’s Properties, and opening the Shortcut tab. In there, you will see a field labelled Target – in that field, there should be nothing written after the “.exe” part of the browser shortcut. If there’s anything written after it, you should delete what’s there.
Following this, you must start the browser in question, click on the icon of its menu (should be in either top corner of the screen) and then select Extensions or Add-ons. For users who are trying to clean Chrome, first select More Tools from the menu of the browser and then go to its Extension settings.
Once you see what extensions are in the browser, single out the ones you think shouldn’t be there because they may be related to WaveBrowser, disable them, and remove them.
The next thing you must do is open the browser Settings from its menu (on Firefox you must click on Options).
On the next page, go to Privacy and Security (or an option labelled in a similar way) and find and click on the Clear Browsing Data/Clear Data button. On Microsoft Edge, you must find and select the Choose what to clear button.
Next, put a tick in each box except the one for your Passwords and launch the action by clicking on Clear Now/Clear Data and patiently wait for the process to be over without quitting your browser.
What to do if WaveBrowser is still on the PC
If WaveBrowser is still messing with your browser even after you’ve done everything we’ve shown you on this page, this means there may be hidden malware in the system (for example, a Trojan Horse) that is enabling the hijacker to remain active no matter how hard you try to manually remove it. In such cases, it’s best to use a professional removal tool such as the one we’ve recommended on this page to check and clean your system from any potential hidden threats.