WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings is a browser add-on and extension compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, and other web browser. The WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings extension has a very bad online reputation, it has been flagged by several security researches for being intrusive, and it is essentially a pointless and misleading tool that provides a false sense of security.

Threat Details

Name(s) WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings, WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings virus,
Detection Categories Adware
Short Description Reputation and safety information based on users’ experience
Symptoms The computer is at risk of an infection. Personal user information is read and modified.
Distribution Method The extension can be manually downloaded by use of deceptive marketing tactics.
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool

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WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings

What is WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings?

WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings is promoted as a free browser add-on and extension for reputation and safety information based on users’ experience. Even if the extension does as it is promoted to do your computer is still at risk and your personal information can be read and modified. The extension basically adds a false sense of security.

Various user details will be obtained by the extension and used for a several different purposes. The data collection is described in the product’s Privacy Policy and allotted permissions if a browser attachment is present. Getting to know the Privacy Policy, Terms of Use and Download Agreement of freeware is crucial to keeping your online information secure.

WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings claims to protect users from malicious website as rated by their users; However,WOT users are not security specialists or professionals and the WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings extension will not block harmful websites that can infect your computer with malware or promote rogue programs. WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings will also claim that websites that have no security risks are harmful and will warn people before visiting them. WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings is certainly not a legitimate tool to keep you safe, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Alike other adware type browser extension, the WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings extension has very intrusive permissions set that allows it to read and change all your data on the websites you visit. This could mean that the intrusive browser extension will collect your personal information such as your email address, home address, usernames, passwords, and more.

Since WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings cannot protect you from malware and other threats, if you use the WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings extension it is possible that your computer has become infected with malware. If this is the case we strongly suggest to immediately remove WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings and scan your computer for malicious files that may have been introduced to your computer while this browser attachment was installed.

WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings Removal Guide

WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings can be manually removed from your internet browser. We have provided several steps below the article to show you how remove WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings and other threats. However, if you have clicked on any random ads or have been redirected to suspicious websites, your system may have been exposed to malware and other threats. To make sure your PC is completely clean and your information is protected from cyber criminals, we recommend that you follow all the steps below.

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Step 1: Uninstall unwanted programs from Windows

Follow the instructions to uninstall unwanted programs from your Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computer. If you do not find unwnated installed on your computer but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files.

1. Open Windows Start or Task menu and go to the Control Panel (or directly to Programs and Features).

2. In the “Programs” section click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove programs).

3. Search for unwnated programs in the list of installed programs and double click the program you want to remove to uninstall it. You can also select an unwanted program with your mouse and click the Uninstall button once it appears.

Step 2: Remove WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings extension

Follow the instructions to remove WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings add-ons and extensions, as well as other attachments that it may allow to infect your computer from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer & Edge, and Apple Safari. If you do not find a WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings attachments installed on your internet browser but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files.

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

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2. Search for the WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

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3. A new pop-up will open, check the Report Abuse box and click the Remove button. On the report page, select Malware / Can’t Uninstall, Spam, Violent / Hateful, or Other to choose your own reason to report this misleading and untrustworthy extension and click the Submit button.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings add-on and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools > Manage add-ons.

2. In the Toolbars and Extensions section locate the WOT: Web of Trust, Website Reputation Ratings add-on, click on it, and click the Remove button.

Step 3: Remove malware with Malwarebytes

Follow the instructions to remove malware from your computer with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

3. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

4. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

5. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

Step 4: Remove malware with HitmanPro

Follow the instructions to remove malware from your computer with HitmanPro second-opinion software.

1. Download and install HitmanPro second opinion scanner and removal tool.

3. Once Hitman Pro is installed, open the program and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

4. When the scan is complete, click the Next button again to delete any threats or traces on your system.

5. If you are initially using the free version, to activate it, enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

6. Restart your computer by selecting Reboot.

Step 5: Clean and repair your computer with CCleaner

Follow the instructions to clean your computer and repair your computer’s settings.

1. Download and install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Once installed, open the program and go to the main Cleaner screen and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries. If you find any thing suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. To finish things off, go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.

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