Web Explorer Browser
Web Explorer Browser is an application that operates like a browser hijacker and commonly annoys web users by displaying unwanted advertisements in their browser. Normally, Web Explorer Browser can attach itself to the system’s main web browser and change its homepage and search engine settings so that more sponsored ads can be displayed through them.
It doesn’t make a big difference if you are using a popular web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge or some other browsing app because Web Explorer Browser can hijack almost any browser, modify its settings and use it as a platform for ad generation. Usually, users will notice the browser hijacker immediately because it will start to disturb their regular web browsing activity with hundreds of sponsored ads, pop-up notifications, banners and on-screen messages that are hard to remove and cover the content of the pages they are visiting.
Yet another symptom of this invasive program is the change in the browser’s homepage URL and the default search engine. They may be replaced with some new ones that have not been approved by you. Their role is to constantly redirect you to specific domains and fill your screen with sponsored search results. Fortunately, Web Explorer Browser is not a virus or malware (such as Ransomware, Trojan, Spyware, etc.) that seeks to damage your computer. In fact, it is quite the opposite – this program claims to enhance your web browsing experience when you integrate it with your browser. In reality, however, Web Explorer Browser aims at promoting particular products, services, and their sponsored web pages in order to generate pay-per-click and pay-per-view income for its developers.
The Web Explorer Browser Virus
A lot of people, though, consider the Web Explorer Browser virus to be intrusive and irritating and seek to remove it from their system. Furthermore, the Web Explorer Browser virus usually does not give the users an option to reset, undo or uninstall the unauthorized browser modifications that it typically makes. Instead,
it literally imposes the newly set search engine, homepage and new tab settings on the users and forces them to deal with them. That’s why it is not surprising that most people choose to entirely uninstall the nagging program and permanently remove its components from their browser. Naturally, many of the browser modifications are intended to increase the amount of ads you see online because each click on them brings money to Web Explorer Browser’s creators. That’s why, for as long as this software runs on the computer, you are likely to get bombarded with hundreds of flashing notes, text messages, enticing deals, click-prompts and redirect links every time you open your browser.
For some people, seeing ads during their web browsing sessions may not be such a big problem but we feel obligated to warn you about the potential risks that you may encounter if you are careless about the colorful notifications that a program like Web Explorer Browser can flash on your screen. For one, you may be susceptible to various dubious offers and deals, fake links and bogus pop-ups that can trick you to not only download some unnecessary software or purchase some low-quality goods and services, but also to face web scams, viruses and other security threats. The notorious Trojans, Spyware and Ransomware viruses that are known to utilize the malvertising approach for their distribution across the Internet are just some of the online hazards that may await you. In this regard, we sincerely recommend that programs like Web Explorer Browser be kept away from the system and ideally should be uninstalled from your computer as soon as possible.
|Name||Web Explorer Browser|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Users may often detect unauthorized changes in their browser and may experience uncontrolled redirects to sponsored sites.|
|Distribution Method||The free file bundling method is a common method of distribution for a lot of Browser Hijackers.|
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 Remove Web Explorer Browser
To try and remove Web Explorer Browser quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Web Explorer Browser extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Web Explorer Browser by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Web Explorer Browser and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Web Explorer Browser removal guide below.
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 Web Explorer Browser 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 Web Explorer Browser from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Web Explorer Browser 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!