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Web Navigator Browser Virus


Web Navigator Browser

Web Navigator Browser is a Windows browser hijacker that seeks to promote certain sites inside the users’ browsers through aggressive page redirects. If Web Navigator Browser has entered your computer and gotten installed in the browser, it is essential that you uninstall it because this app may not be safe.

Web Navigator Browser Virus

The Web Navigator Browser Virus will display pop up windows and ads

Generally, the applications of the browser hijacker family like Yourniceposts, Ad.mrtnsvr.com, Suftoajachi are known as advertising tools, the main purpose of which is to promote various sites and the products and services offered by said sites. This can also be said about Web Navigator Browser – it is, first and foremost, an app used for online marketing. It is programmed to get installed in the browser similarly to a browser add-on and to change the settings of the search engine and/or replace the starting page and the new-tab page. Those changes allow the hijacker to begin spamming the affected Chrome, Edge, or Firefox browser with page redirect links, advertising banners, pop-up messages, and other similar forms of obnoxious advertisements. On the surface, though those activities could certainly be extremely irritating, they aren’t going to directly harm your computer. But if this is the case, why is Web Navigator Browser still regarded as a potentially unsafe app?

What is Web Navigator Browser?

As we already established, Web Navigator Browser is unlikely to harm your computer – after all, this is not its purpose and its creators would not benefit from causing any damage or corruption to your system or data. However, it is possible that the same may not be said about the people whose sites are getting promoted by the hijacker app.

You see, as long as it brings them profit, the creators of advertising apps like Web Navigator Browser aren’t particularly concerned with how safe or reliable the content their hijackers advertise is. This, of course, means that it is perfectly possible that some of the sites that Web Navigator Browser and other hijackers promote could be potentially unsafe.

The Web Navigator Browser Virus

For example, if you have the Web Navigator Browser virus in your browser, you may suddenly find yourself getting redirected to a fake website that pretends to be a legitimate one but is instead a phishing page that tries to acquire your credit or debit card numbers and then drain your banking account. Another possibility is if you get linked to a site that offers downloadable content at a lower-than-normal price but the software that can be downloaded is loaded with malware threats such as Ransomware, Rootkits, Worms, and Trojan horse viruses.

Web Navigator Browser Virus

The Web Navigator Browser directory

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Of course, there could also be legitimate sites that get promoted by hijackers and you may even land on interesting offers that you may want to spend your money on. Nevertheless, the fact that there’s still a chance that some of the sudden page redirects caused by WebNavigatorBrowser and other similar apps could land you on harmful and illegal sites and indirectly get you infected with Ransomware, Spyware, Trojans, and other viruses means that it is always better to simply uninstall the intrusive advertising app.

To help you with that, we have prepared some removal steps that you will find in the next lines and which you are encouraged to follow if you think (or know) that Web Navigator Browser is presently attached to your browser.

SUMMARY:

Name Web Navigator Browser
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms The main symptoms are changes in the homepage and the new-tab page of the browser and a replacement of the default search engine tool.
Distribution Method A hijacker can be distributed as a spam email attachment, as an optional feature added to the installer of another program, as a fake update, as well as in many other ways.
Detection Tool

Remove Web Navigator Browser Virus

To try and remove Web Navigator Browser quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Web Navigator Browser extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Web Navigator Browser by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Web Navigator Browser and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Web Navigator 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


Web Navigator Browser Virus

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).

Web Navigator Browser Virus

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. 

Web Navigator Browser Virus

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    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. 

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    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:

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    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.

    1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
    2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
    3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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    • 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).

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    Web Navigator Browser Virus  Remove Web Navigator Browser from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  Web Navigator Browser Virus —–> Manage Add-ons.

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Web Navigator Browser Virus —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    Web Navigator Browser Virus Remove Web Navigator Browser from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  Web Navigator Browser Virus  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

    Web Navigator Browser Virus


    Web Navigator Browser VirusRemove Web Navigator Browser from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Web Navigator Browser Virus

    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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      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!

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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