What is the WebCake virus (WebCake malware)?
The WebCake virus (Web Cake) is a broad term used to identify WebCake malware such as as adware, browser hijackers, and spyware including WebCake Deals, WebCake Ads, WebCake Related Searches, WebCake Toolbar, and more. The WebCake virus is responsible for a variety of symptoms including pop-up advertisements, in-text advertisements, coupon-deal advertisements, and unwanted browser redirections and startups to suspicious search engines such as Conduit.
WebCake software, including the WebCake add-on and extensions (Toolbar) can be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of websites including getwebcake.com, as WebCake is promoted as a legitimate browser enhancement tool. The truth is WebCake is reported as dangerous and extremely invasive malware developed to target unsuspecting victims and entrap them to terms they would not agree with if presented with in a proper manner. WebCake malware may also bundle with third-party items without consent or knowledge of the computer user including freeware, shareware, codecs, and torrents. Removing and uninstalling third-party software and browser attachments may stop WebCake advertisements from appearing and vice versa.
Victims of the WebCake virus claim that they receive an excess of email spam, calls from telemarketers, and junk mail. This often concludes that WebCake may be considered spyware and associate with spyware. However, it can also be concluded that WebCake collects sensitive information including information manually submitted online and browser activity, which is sold to third-parties. These third-parties may include unethical organizations and individuals who participate in crime involving credit theft, extortion, and identity theft.
If you are infected with WebCake malware, please see the WebCake removal instructions further below to remove WebCake and third-party malware from your computer.
WebCake Ads are advertisements served by WebCake. This may include WebCake coupons and sponsored search results. These advertisements are identified by text that says WebCake Ads on the advertisement.
WebCake Ads may appear anytime there is an internet connection in the form of pop-up, coupon, in-text (view WebCake in-text ad), and other advertisements. WebCake may attempt to appear like Google advertisements.
WebCake Deals is common coupon adware that displays potentially unwanted Coupons and Comparisons in a drop down menu as well as a pop up advertisement that appears when hovering over an item. WebCake Deals adware can be identified with text that says WebCake shop at first site. WebCake often pops up when visiting websites such as Gap.com as a blue search field and “tag” displayning a Coupons tab and Compare tab.
WebCake Compare is adware that compares sponsored results and advertisements in a bar and drop down menu WebCake Compare often prompts when visiting retail and deal based websites such as Priceline, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Kayak, esurance, Geico, and more. The advertisement or bar will often say Deals by WebCake and include links to settings as well as a message that claims WebCake is not affiliated with the current website.
WebCake Inline appears when you highlight or select text on a website (highlighted-text adware). A small menu from WebCake with icons for Google, WordPress, YouTube, Wikipedia, Twitter, and more will appear allowing you to search the content on the network. Please note, this is a default settings in most internet browsers including Google Chrome (simply right click the selected text and select Search Google for __)
WebCake Review is adware that displays advertisements with a sponsored Trust Rating. Many websites displayed by WebCake Ads via WebCake Review are suspicious.
WebCake Related Searches (WebCake Search)
WebCake displays a potentially unwanted menu on the right side of the internet browser that displays a list of “related” advertisements. For example is searching for the Toyota Rav 4 online, WebCake search will display a list including links to search for used cars, exotic cars, sports cars, and even unrelated topics such as recipes.
How to remove WebCake malware
- Automatically remove all WebCake malware – Scan for and automatically remove WebCake and third-party malware
- Manually remove WebCake malware – Remove and Uninstall WebCake and third-party malware
1. Automatic WebCake removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove WebCake and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your homepage and repair additional hijacked browser settings.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall WebCake software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications 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 and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall WebCake and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for WebCake software, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the programs as selected.
2. Manual WebCake removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall WebCake using generic Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall WebCake malware
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for WebCake and other potentially unwanted software, including software downloaded from websites such as download.com. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove the WebCake add-on and extension
Use the instructions to remove WebCake add-ons, extensions, plugins, and toolbars. Please note, there may be many titles that may be need to be uninstalled and removed, including third-party attachments to completely remove WebCake.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the WebCake extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the WebCake add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the WebCake add-on and remove it if located.