This tutorial comprises various nuances which one should know with regard to the unwanted application called Web Protect for Windows. More specifically, these are details about its proliferation methods, the further effects upon the targeted computer and the necessary steps that lead to the removal of this adware.
Some applications available to download on the Internet are designed to be only partly honest with users. The program which is the subject matter of this article seems to pursue good objectives, but it turns out that the helpful features are nothing but the tip of the iceberg. "Web Protect for Windows" is what it’s called officially, and "adware" is how most antivirus engines detect it. Where does this discrepancy stem from? It lies in the context of several aspects such as distribution specificity, disruptive activity when on a PC, and the goals that this piece of software is ultimately after.
So, Web Protect for Windows is advertised as a browser extension that reports suspicious or clearly malicious websites. It is also claimed to make one’s online search easier by providing a hotkey combination which triggers a selection of a preferred search provider for looking up some words that the user highlights within web pages. The vendor of this product appears to not tell the whole truth to its customers though. Alongside the declared feature set, the app exhibits some characteristics deteriorating one’s web experience.
Web Protect for Windows automatically triggers pop-ups inside the pages visited from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, which isn’t something the user anticipates. These objects are ads, and they can take the shape of pop-under boxes or even browser windows opening up in the background. In-text links can also be generated automatically for random keywords. In any case, this whole helter-skelter of third-party items appears in places that site owners never allocated page space for. All of this activity becomes a nuisance real soon, whereas there is one more affiliated problem: the adware needs to know your online interests for the sake of targeted ads accuracy, so it accesses the entire browsing history on the system.
Just like with most of the adware apps at large, one might run into complications with Web Protect for Windows removal. The habitual methods, such as the Control Panel uninstall routine and add-on removal, do not always lead to a fix. What does help is a combo of manual steps with automatic cleanup.
Use automatic solution to remove Web Protect for Windows
The issue of Web Protect for Windows adware hijacking web browsers can be effectively resolved if you use trusted security software. Along with the obvious ease of such removal, other benefits include thoroughness of virus detection and elimination from all system locations it might have affected. Please follow these steps:
1. Download and install Web Protect for Windows removal tool. Run the application and select Start Computer Scan option in order to have your computer checked for adware, viruses, Trojans, and other malicious objects.
2. When the scan is complete, it will return a list with results on what infections have been found. Go ahead and click Fix Threats to completely get rid of the detected items. The malware should now be gone from your PC.
Uninstall malicious program via Control Panel
• Go to Control Panel on the infected computer. On Windows XP / Windows 8, proceed to Add or Remove Programs. On Windows Vista / Windows 7, select Uninstall a program
• Find Web Protect for Windows on the list, select it and click Uninstall/Change.
Manual removal of Web Protect for Windows virus from affected browsers
This part of the guide covers the procedure of preventing the adware in question from messing up your web pages. According to our analysis of the infection, the method that proved to be most effective implies resetting the web browsers on your PC to their default configuration. While there is no doubt that the reset will address the problem of random ads showing up in major browsers, it’s worth noting that this way you will lose all personalized browsing information such as cookies, saved logins and passwords, bookmarks, etc. If you’re not willing to let this happen, you’re better off following this article’s automatic removal tips.
Reset Internet Explorer's default configuration
• In Internet Explorer, go to Tools and click on the Internet Options menu item
• Proceed to the Advanced tab and click Reset as shown on the screenshot
• On the Reset Internet Explorer Settings window that popped up, make sure there's a checkmark next to Delete personal settings option. Go ahead and click Reset
Reset Mozilla Firefox to its defaults
• In Firefox, go to Help menu and choose Troubleshooting Information from the respective list. The same is doable by typing about:support directly in the URL bar
• When the Troubleshooting Information interface opens, click on Reset Firefox button. Now you're done
Restore Google Chrome to its original defaults
• Click on the Chrome menu icon in the top right-hand part of the window, and select Settings
• Select the Show advanced settings functionality as shown below
• On the next screen that shows up, click Reset browser settings
• To avoid unintended removal of all personalized data, Chrome will show a warning. If you are certain that it's fine with you, click Reset button.
Make sure the Web Protect for Windows PUP has vanished
When it comes to persistent threats, double-checking never hurts. Therefore it’s highly recommended to complete Web Protect for Windows cleanup process with a final scan that will once again look for any potential bits and pieces of the infection.