This page aims to help you uninstall WebDiscover Browser. Our uninstall instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
WebDiscover Browser is an actual browser hijacker. If you are interested in what such a product may do to your PC, here you will find the answers. For sure, it might “hijack” all the browser apps you have installed on your computer. Eventually, neither Chrome, nor Firefox may be able to escape the consequences of an infection with any hijacker. These effects may include putting entirely new homepages and search engines; some redirecting to other, often unfamiliar pages; and the generation of awfully many online ads in the form of pop-ups, boxes, colourful banners, etc.
Indeed, we have put the following article together with the only aim to help you fully understand what kind of a program you may be facing, and how to deal with it successfully.
Browser hijackers – everything you have to be aware of:
To start with, you need to understand that browser hijackers may only target your browsers. Actually, it doesn’t really matter whether you have installed Firefox, Opera, or Chrome; as once such a hijacker has infected your PC, all of them will be affected in the way explained above.
Is WebDiscover Browser a malicious version?
To our mutual relief, this hijacker has no malware-related effects. It may only do what we have described in the previous paragraphs: somehow modify your browser apps. To back up this statement with a real example, we will show you some of the great differences between WebDiscover Browser and a Trojan horse, as well as a Ransomware-based malware.
The typical effects of the known hijackers are in no way related to what a Trojan or a Ransomware could achieve once it has infiltrated your PC:
- Trojans are malicious and have various deeply concerning purposes – they could steal important credentials, personal information, or drain your bank accounts. No hijacker has ever done that. ;
- The viruses based on Ransomware do not affect your browsers; they do affect your data. No data is safe when it comes to an infection with a Ransomware. Such programs are used for making all the files you regularly use completely inaccessible to you. Then the program usually demands a ransom to be paid for the hijacked data. See, this is what we call real harassment. ;
Hopefully, we have proven that hijackers are really harmless compared to real malware like Trojans and Ransomware.
Could browser hijackers have any slightly disturbing effects?
Still, browser hijackers have been classified as possibly unwanted maybe because they could at times conduct some suspicious activities on your computer.
As an illustration: when WebDiscover Browser finally gets access to your browsers, it may immediately reach their search databases. By doing so, the irritating stream of pop-ups you are dealing with might only represent ads related to your previous requests. This drill in your preferences and browser data could be seen as rather intrusive.
Another potentially annoying effect of most of the browser hijackers is that they are able to really overdose you with the online ads they display. It is possible that they may be producing so many pop-ups and banners that your system may become more sluggish or completely freeze. What’s more, the redirecting processes hijackers could launch might be so numerous that your browser apps may stop functioning properly. Such a consequence is quite rare, we should point out.
Why do programmers make programs like WebDiscover Browser?
In fact, browser hijackers are legitimate – they don’t break any regulations, they simply promote something. As a result, programmers create them in order to get some more extra profits for themselves. Rumor has it that the more ads and redirections get launched, the more these programs’ creator benefit from them.
These ad-displaying programs are usually distributed inside bundles – free sets of software. Nonetheless, these apps and games-including sets are not harmful themselves; they could actually contain disturbing programs like WebDiscover Browser. In order to stay away from the potential irritating software inside them, simply learn to install bundles in the right way. In order to achieve that, you should choose the ADVANCED (or CUSTOM/IZED) installation option of any wizard. This will save you from such bothering infections!
How could we successfully deal with this hijacker?
In fact, we can try to uninstall such an unwanted piece of software by carefully following the steps inside any trustworthy Removal Guide. The one below is available to you for free – we made it to help you remove WebDiscover Browser.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Different behaviour of your browser apps – they might launch ad production, redirection and new search engines/ homepages.|
|Distribution Method||Via many sources, among which the most likely are free bundles; torrents, contagious web pages.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|
How to Uninstall WebDiscover Browser
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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:
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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.
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 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 adware/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.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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!