WebDiscover Browser (Virus Removal Guide)

WebDiscover Browser

WebDiscover Browser by WebDiscover Media is an alternative internet browser which uses the open source Chromium project in order to appear similar to Google Chrome. WebDiscover Browser is detected as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and is essentially recognized as deceptive and potentially malicious.

WebDiscover Browser

Once WebDiscover Browser is installed it will create and schedule new tasks in order to run each time you start your computer, run in the background, and remain enabled if disabled by the user. This can use up valuable system resources which can cause your system to crash or become slow and sluggish.

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WebDiscover Browser will appear at the top of Windows desktop as a toolbar with a search bar. It will also show an icon in the tray menu at the bottom of your screen. Once thing I noticed about WebDiscover Browser is that there is no option to simply “exit” the program. In order to exit WebDiscover Browser you must right click the tray bar icon and select exit; However, this option does not always close the program.

webdiscover browser exit

Another factor I noticed is that this program will not remove all of its files if you manually uninstall it. If you uninstall WebDiscover Browser there will still be many files on your computer which can cause a lot of complications if they remain present.

WebDiscover Browser also bundles with malware and other potentially unwanted programs. It is also often promoted and advertised alongside these types of threats. If you find WebDiscover Browser installed on your computer without your consent I would bet everything I own that your computer is also infected with other threats or files that pose a potential threat. This is why it is strongly suggested to use a reputable tool like Malwarebytes to eradicate this program and other objects that may arrive with it.

WebDiscover Browser takes advantage of the open source Chromium project that anyone can use in order to appear like Google Chrome. It is published by The Chromium Authors and acts similar to Google Chrome, but it is not Google Chrome.

WebDiscover Browser will direct you to sponsored search content. The primary search engine for WebDiscover Browser is set to bing.com where the browser can generate revenue via sponsored search results.

Even though this browser may utilize Google’s and Microsoft’s services it is not a legitimate internet browser and is in no ways associated with these companies. The fact of the matter is that anyone, including you and I, can create our own Chromium browser and sign up for an affiliate network with Bing in order to cause havoc on people’s computer systems.

Threat Details

Name WebDiscover Browser,  WebDiscover Browser virus *This infection is not technically defined as a computer virus
Detection Categories Adware, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Publisher Description Take screenshots with the free Chrome New Tab & supporting application.
Symptoms Advertisements in the web browser
Browser redirects to sponsored webpages
Decreased internet speed and performance
Decreased computer functionality and performance
Bundles with malware and other potentially unwanted programs
Common Path(s) C:\Program Files (x86)
C:\Users\{USER}\Downloads\
C:\Users\{USER}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage\
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How to remove WebDiscover Browser (Virus Removal Guide)

This WebDiscover Browser removal guide will remove WebDiscover Browser, viruses, malware, and other threats from your computer and browser.

  1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
  2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro
  3. Uninstall WebDiscover Browser and unwanted programs
  4. Remove WebDiscover Browser extension
  5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

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1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes

The first step to remove this adware is to download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

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3. When the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

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4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro

The second step to remove this adware is to download and install a second opinion scanner called HitmanPro by Surfright in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro 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.

3. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

3. Uninstall WebDiscover Browser and unwanted programs

The third step to remove this adware is to uninstall WebDiscover Browser and other unwanted programs in Windows Control Panel.

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”

uninstall webdiscover browser

3. Search for WebDiscover Browser Supporting Application in the list and double click it.

4. Once you have uninstalled WebDiscover Browser Supporting Application search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.

4. Remove WebDiscover Browser extension

The fourth step to remove this adware is to remove unwanted browser add-ons and extensions from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari.

Google Chrome

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

WebDiscover Browser removal

2. Search for the WebDiscover Browser extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the WebDiscover Browser add-on and click Remove.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for the WebDiscover Browser add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the WebDiscover Browser extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

The fifth step to remove this adware is to download and install CCleaner by Piriform in order to delete leftover junk files, tracking cookies, registry entries, unwanted start-up tasks, and more.

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. 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.


Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.