WebExplorer is an add-on for Chrome, Edge, Safari that replaces the search engine of the browser it gets installed in without permission. WebExplorer also causes the generation of targeted ads like popups and banners and reroutes the user’s traffic to different unknown sites.
This app should be referred to as a browser hijacker because it takes over the browsers it gets installed in and uses them for its aggressive advertising campaigns. If this app is allowed to operate on your computer, there could potentially be some pretty severe consequences – you may get redirected to illegal sites, phishing pages, and other unsafe web locations. The WebExplorer app itself is not damaging – it has no harmful abilities according to the information we have about it up to this moment. All that it does to the browser is it changes the homepage address, introduces a new search engine, and forces page redirects to certain sites that it is tasked with promoting. The problem, however, is that those sites may not be very safe. Of course, not all of the content promoted by apps like WebExplorer is harmful or hazardous. However, it’s definitely possible that some of the sites that are advertised by such browser hijackers could potentially expose your PC to danger. Therefore, the best way of protecting your computer if there is a browser hijacker attached to its browser is to remove the unwanted page-redirecting app. Otherwise, you may even end up getting your computer attacked by threats as dangerous as Trojan horse viruses, Spyware, or file-locking Ransomware.
The WebExplorer Virus
There are numerous distribution techniques that are used to get the WebExplorer virus onto as many computers as possible. There are, of course, the spam messages, the different forms of clickbait advertisements, and the automatic software updates as potential methods of distributing a browser hijacker.
However, the method of spreading these apps that seems to be the most prevalent is known as file bundling. In layman’s terms, this is when a given program installer has some additional features or apps added to it which are mostly optional. Oftentimes, browser hijackers such as WebExplorer are added to the installation files of other programs as such additional features, thus forming a file bundle. The good news is that it is almost always possible to leave the potentially unwanted optional component out of the installation. However, to do that, you will need to pay close attention to the settings and options in the installer. In many cases, you may need to check out the Advanced (sometimes also labeled as Custom) setup menu in order to see the options related to the added components.
The main reason why so many people get hijackers installed on their computers without realizing it is that users generally don’t pay too much attention to the settings in the setup menu. If you have had a similar experience and now have WebExplorer on your computer, there’s no need to worry. All you need to do is complete the following instructions – this will allow you to uninstall WebExplorer and prevent it from potentially exposing you to Ransomware, Trojans, or other threats via its uncontrolled ads.
How To Remove WebExplorer
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone