Do you have the Webveil browser installed on your machine without your approval? If so, you may have downloaded it in a bundled freeware package. The bundling distribution mechanism is typical for third party software providers that aim at quick pay-per-install revenue. If you have downloaded the browser yourself via the Download button on webveil(dot)net, you should think twice before using it.
The developers of Webveil – AppsCity – have been previously associated with several adware apps such as GamesRockit and Ultra Notifier, as reported by Enigma Software researchers.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Browser, PUP|
|Short Description||Webveil is a browser developed by AppsCity – a company known for adware distribution.|
|Symptoms||Sponsored results may be displayed, the browser may function as a motenization platform.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Webveil Browser|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Webveil Browser.|
Webveil Browser Description & Distribution
Webveil may seem like a useful and user-friendly browser but security research indicates it is closer to a potentially unwanted program (PUP) than to an actual browser.
Webeveil is built upon the Chromium open source project and may serve its purpose. However, it appears to be similar to the well-known Tortuga browser that has raised the eyebrows of both tech-savvy users and security experts. The similarities between Webveil and Tortuga are quite striking. They both have identical icons, they are both built on Chromium and they are both suspected to serve particular digital advertisers.
One difference, pointed out by the Enigma Software research team is that Webveil is compiled with the BrowserBay platform. Basically, the browser functions as a monetization engine which is not a good thing when it comes to the average user. In other words, every search on WebVeil may be sent automatically to affiliates and advertisers. Collected data is usually used for various financial purposes.
Whenever a page is loaded within the Webveil browser, a virtual layer is likely placed on top of its content, showing sponsored ads such as:
- Video commercials;
- Intrusive banners;
- Pop-up ads.
Other suspicions that security researchers have is that Webveil’s smart search function is provided by search(dot)searchitknow.com. The latter is related to a browser hijacker.
In addition, Webveil interface is very similar to Google Chrome and that similarity may not be by accident. If you are not being careful, you may use Webveil thinking that you are using Google Chrome.
Webveil Browser Removal Manual
As we have already said, Webveil may be employed by certain digital advertisers for pure financial gain. Interacting with the sponsored search results may not be safe. You may end up being redirected to a phishing website or a page that is loaded with malware or spyware. If you feel like Webveil has somehow interfered with your regular browsing activities, you should remove all files associated with it. To do so, consider following the removal instructions below the article.