This page aims to help you remove the WebHelper 32 bit Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
WebHelper 32 bit
WebHelper 32 bit is regarded as a type of a browser hijacker. Threats like WebHelper 32 bit are known to cause different problems like changing of the user’s designated home page or even the preferred browser of choice.
Browser hijackers are one of the most commonly encountered forms of undesirable and, sometimes, potentially hazardous/unsafe software. The typical characteristics of one such app is that it is similar to a browser add-on app and it can normally get attached to all kinds of browsers so it wouldn’t matter what your browser of choice is – Chrome, Edge, Firefox or another one, a hijacker could still get added to it. The problem is, however, that once added to your browser, the hijacker is likely going to initiate some rather unpleasant activities such as changing the starting page address of your browser and meddling with its search engine settings or entirely replacing the whole search engine and all of this would normally happen without your informed permission. On top of that, you are likely to start seeing different nagging ads, page redirects to unknown sites in new tabs and generation of obstructive banners. All in all, this can be a pretty irritating software app. However, this type of apps are mostly not malicious or harmful – unlike a cyber threat the likes of a Ransomware cryptovirus or Trojan Horse program, a hijacker would mostly be focused on spamming ads on your screen without really doing much else. In some cases, it might try to keep tabs on your browsing activity to figure out your most likely interests and later use that info to modify the ads that it shows you so that they’d be more relevant and you’d be more likely to click on them and thus generate Pay-Per-Click revenue for the hijacker’s creators. However, aside from that, you should be safe in most cases. Still, if you are interested in removing browser hijackers and currently have one, you can use the next removal guide – it is focused on eliminating a hijacker named WebHelper 32 bit that a lot of users have recently been complaining about.
What is WebHelper 32 bit?
WebHelper 32 bit is known to be a browser hijacker. Numerous complaints about WebHelper 32 bit include webpage redirects, unwanted advertisements and unapproved changes to the user’s browser.
It is likely that you have come to this post exactly because WebHelper 32 bit has somehow got installed on your computer – as we mentioned earlier, this is a highly intrusive hijacker and a lot of users have recently gotten it installed on their machines without really knowing how that had happened. The reason for that has to do with the rather sneaky distribution methods used by hijacker developers to spread their software. Oftentimes, a hijacker would get put as an added install to some other program’s installer and would be labeled as a bonus component that might even be recommended or at least advertised as useful. Most users would disregard and ignore that and install the main program without bothering to uncheck the bundled app which is how they get the hijacker. However, you shouldn’t be like that – generally, you mustn’t allow hijackers to stay on your computer. While not malicious like Trojans or Ransomware or other similar threats, they are oftentimes not very safe either – the ads they generate might sometimes lead you to obscure, questionable and maybe even hazardous online locations which is also why we advise you to keep away from the content brought to you by WebHelper 32 bit in case the hijacker is currently active on your computer.
|Name||WebHelper 32 bit|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Hijackers do not seek to stay hidden – their ads, page-redirects and the changes they’d normally make to your browser are certain signs of the presence of such an app on your PC.|
|Distribution Method||A lot of hijacker get distributed with the help of program bundles, spam messages and deceitful web offers and adverts.|
Remove WebHelper 32 bit Virus
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 WebHelper 32 bit 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 WebHelper 32 bit from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Remove WebHelper 32 bit 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!