This page aims to help you remove WebDiscover Browser. These WebDiscover Browser removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
This article will give you a brief introduction on what exactly WebDiscover Browser is, what it does, how infection happens as well as a step-by-step guide for how to remove it.
What is WebDiscover Browser?
WebDiscover Browser is a program that aims to provide as many advertisements as possible. Such programs are being classified as Browser Hijackesr. Do take note that Browser Hijackers are very different from virus. Viruses are malicious and aim to inflict damage on your computer whereas Browser Hijacker are non-malicious and will not cause any harm to your computer.
This program may able to integrate itself into all browsers – namely Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer -, and once integrated, it may collect information regarding your browsing patterns, history, favourites and bookmarks. After the information has been collected, Browser Hijacker applications are designed to be able to generate convincing ads that are catered to your taste and preference, tempting you to click on them. However, regardless of how tempting and enticing the ads are, do not click on them. It is also possible that the Browser Hijacker creators might sell information on your browsing patterns to a third-party.
This program may generate ads at astonishing rates and you may encounter occasions where the flow of ads seems to be never-ending. This might lead to feelings of frustration, anger, irritation as well as heightened level of stress. This is especially so when you are in a hurry or doing something of importance and are being constantly waylaid and side-tracked by the ads.
What are these ads and why should I not click on them?
The ads generated by WebDiscover Browser may be often derived from your browsing patterns. They may appear in the form of pop-up ads and boxes, banners or even as a separate window. They may feature deals, coupons or even a lottery win.
As these ads are generated by the program itself, its credibility comes into question. Granted, there are times when the page that you are directed to, do have the purported deal. But these pages tend to be those that you frequently visit and thus, being directed to them has no real value to you.
More often than not, you will be directed to a third-party’s pay-per-click site. When people, like you and I, enter these sites, the creators of Browser Hijacker programs similar to WebDiscover Browser receive a certain amount of money, which is their purpose in creating this program in the first place. This will only fuel their greed and desire to create similar programs. Occasionally, you might be redirected to a webpage that promotes the download of a particular software. This software is usually not entirely secure and full of security loopholes which may pose as a security threat in the future.
There are also cases whereby the page which you are being directed to, doubles up as a portal for other Browser Hijacker to access and enter your computer without your knowledge. This may result in more Browser Hijacker working together, generating even more ads at any given time.
How did the infection occur and how to prevent it?
Infection can occur in numerous ways. It is always good to know how it might have happened and how this Browser Hijacker is being transmitted so as to better prevent a re-infection the next time round.
One of the ways in which the creators go about distributing this Browser Hijacker is through software bundling. Bundling is where this Browser Hijacker is being tied together as a package with another more popular program and made available for download as a set. Usually such packages will go under the name of the more popular program and it will not advertised that it has undergone bundling. Programs that undergo bundling are, more often than not, those that are available online for free. Torrent files are also susceptible to bundling.
However, this does not entail that you have to cease all free downloading activities. It is only after installation that WebDiscover Browser will be able to function. Therefore, you are still able to prevent this from occurring during the installation process.
During installation, instead of opting for the “Automatic Installation”, choose “Custom Installation”. Only with “Custom Installation” will you able to access the list of files that are to be installed onto your computer. At this stage, check through the list of names carefully and unselect any that seems unfamiliar, foreign, strange or dubious to you. You do not have to worry about missing out and not installing any critical files as you can always repeat the installation process.
|Symptoms||Excessive ads. Changes to your Browser.
|Distribution Method||Commonly via software bundling.|
|Detection Tool||Browser Hijacker may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
WebDiscover Browser Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – WebDiscover Browser may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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.
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 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 WebDiscover Browser from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the Browser Hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove WebDiscover 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.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!