How to get rid of the WebDiscover browser
A promoted replacement for Chrome browser – WebDiscover browser is recognized as a Chromium virus. Most people end up having this malicious browser unknowingly and their devices’ system gets infected by it.
It may appear only as an annoying toolbar but actually, it is a dangerous intruder. The main dangers of WebDiscover: getting redirected to malicious websites, receiving infected ads, and getting your identity stolen. But how can you get rid of it before the danger gets its job done?
With the help of this article, we will guide you through a full deletion of the WebDiscover browser from your device. Take a look and discover how to reassure your security.
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What is a WebDiscover browser?
WebDiscover is an open-source Chrome-based browser that’s categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a type of adware. Even though it was introduced as an alternative browser, the program functions as a hijacker by anchoring an internet search bar directly on your desktop.
Even though some of the users enjoy the WebDiscover browser and find it helpful, the browser remains a shady tool to trust. This browser hijacker offers you unwanted ads via hyperlinked keywords, coupons, or ads that are based on your visited websites. In this way, the user becomes a victim of the malware. As a result, your experience during browsing becomes triggering and infected.
WebDiscover claims to enable features like a VPN, streaming service, and media player. However, these features don’t work. The only active feature redirects the user to safestsearches.com, trovi.com, or search.yahoo.com before a second redirect through the Bing search engine whenever the user tries to use the search toolbar. Thus, you must take some extra steps to reach your preferred browser.
Why am I seeing the WebDiscover search tab?
You are seeing the WebDiscover New Tab because the “WebDiscover” extension or program is installed on your computer. It is a bundled application that appears on your desktop. It’s seen as a hidden fake app, which we unintentionally install along with the initial software.
Often, this type of program is offered through advertisements or bundled with other software, leaving the user questioning about where this software came from. To avoid these types of intruders in the future, we would recommend you to check whether the installation tab offers you Custom or Advanced installation options. There you can detect and deselect hidden PUPs.
Well, we all know how annoying it is to read all the terms & conditions while installing a new program on your device. Thus, we rush into the final step of clicking Install and skip the important information. Yet, that important information might inform us about those fake apps.
How to remove WebDiscover toolbar on Windows
The risk of monitored browsing history, invading pop-up ads, or slower browser speed is truly frustrating. The process of the WebDiscover deletion requires you to attempt a few steps that are going to put the frustration away.
For starters, you would need to eliminate that disturbing WebDiscover search toolbar from your sight. To find out how to do so, take a look at the suggested steps below:
- WebDiscover runs in the background of your Windows operating system. To close the program, right-click the WebDiscover icon in your taskbar and select Exit (you’ll need to do this before you can uninstall the program)
- Open "Settings" by navigating to the Start button in the lower-left corner of your desktop and typing in Settings. Click the icon
- Select "Apps"
- Find WebDiscover, select it, and click "Uninstall".
Let us know if you have come across any struggles while attempting to remove the WebDiscover toolbar on Windows in the comments section below and we will do our best to help you.
How to remove WebDiscover from your browser
WebDiscover can restore itself after deletion if any files are remaining, so it’s necessary to uninstall it from not only your operating system but also from your browser. Shortly, you’ll have to remove the add-on and change the homepage back to its default setting to recover the comfortable browsing experience.
We have tested the removal of the WebDiscover on several browsers and we were happy to find that it worked for us. Therefore, we have put our attempted steps into notes and we will show you how to fastly and easily delete the WebDiscover on your browser.
Remove WebDiscover from Chrome
- Select Chrome in the top menu bar
- Click "Preferences"
- Click "Extensions" on the left menu bar
- Find WebDiscover and click "Remove"
- Go back to the general settings menu and click "On startup" on the left menu bar
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose "Restore settings to their original defaults" and select "Reset settings".
Remove WebDiscover from IE
- Start Internet Explorer, in the top, left-click on the cogwheel icon
- Click on "Manage add-ons"
- Find WebDiscover and click "Remove"
Remove WebDiscover from Firefox
- Select Firefox in the top menu bar
- Hit "Preferences"
- Open "Extensions & themes" on the bottom left of the sidebar
- Find WebDiscover and click "Manage"
- Click the three dots on the top right of the extension and choose "Remove"
- Open "Home" from the left of the sidebar
- Select "Restore defaults" to reset to factory settings
Remove WebDiscover from Safari
- Select Safari in the top menu bar
- Click "Preferences"
- Open "Extensions" on the top of the open window
- Find WebDiscover and click "Uninstall"
After finishing deleting the WebDiscover program from your OS and browser, it is healthy to double-check whether there are no shreds left of a program. It is relevant for programs to leave files in the device even though they were uninstalled. Letting those files sit in the background allows them to keep tracking your activity, take the space on your computer and slow the process of your joy with the device, or even restore the program itself.
To do so, search for any remaining program on your device by typing in indicative names in the Search section. Indication names can include PUP.Optional.WebDiscover, Program.Unwanted.3860, /QVM06.1.3F8B.Malware.Gen, and VirusTotal.
How do you stop a potentially unwanted program?
Potentially unwanted programs are the ones that usually are bundled with other legitimate programs that you intended to have. PUP contains adware, installs system optimizers, changes your browser settings, and brings other unwanted actions. So it is like an uninvited visitor which makes a mess at your home.
Technically, we can not call PUP malware, because we are the ones who agree with installing them. However, the potential insecurity they bring along is a threat to our devices and sensitive information. Well, here we have come to the conclusion that from now on we are going to start reading download agreements and catch sneaky PUPs before they catch us.
To stop the potentially unwanted program, complete the steps that we have provided you with below:
- Open "Task Manager"
- Look for a process you want to stop
- Click "End Task"
- We recommend you delete the app right after ending the task, to prevent it from starting up again.
It is never wrong to take the extra mile to assure your security. So we recommend you always download free programs from the official developer’s website, in this way you will avoid PUP. In addition, getting antivirus software, which will also scan your computer for additional malware and improve overall security is one more step that brings you closer to safety.
Though the WebDiscover officially isn’t seen as a malware PUP, it still increases the risk to you and your computer. The fact that it’s an unintentional program itself, reveals that the actions behind it might affect your device negatively. Facing malicious websites, undesired ads and pop-ups is a potential threat to your comfort and security.
Luckily, there are effective ways to solve the issue and prevent it in the future. Uninstalling the program from your OS and removing it from the browser is a quick way to safety. And as for security in the future, you would only need to carefully read download agreements and set up antivirus software.
Let us know if we have managed to answer your questions and feel free to give us even more questions in the comment section below!
Is WebDiscover malware?
Technically, no, it is considered to be adware, but it could easily lead you to download malware. Adware apps are often used as an attack surface by threat actors.
Is the WebDiscover browser safe?
No. The WebDiscover browser uses pop-up windows that promote risky coupons, it urges users to update the software that may contain adware. By using WebDiscover browsers’ search, you get redirected to malicious websites and they receive the payment for such traffic.