New ad-supported software, known as WebOptimum ads has appeared in the wild. The adware has been reported to display different types of advertisements on the victim’s computer. The WebOptimum adware is also an application that may slow down the performance of your computer system and in addition to this make it to freeze at times. In the event that your computer has been affected by this unwanted software, recommendations are to focus on removing it by reading the following article.
|Short Description||Aims to display different advertisements which may lead the victim to suspicious third-party websites that may be dangerous to the affected computer.|
|Symptoms||Various forms of advertisements (Pop-ups, banners, highlighted text); Slow PC; May freeze at times.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled packages, other potentially unwanted software.|
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How Did I Get WebOptimum Ads
The primary method of having WebOptimum ads to be installed on your computer system is via bundled installers. Bundling is the including of the program files of WebOptimum adware in the installation of other free programs downloaded online. Such programs may be:
- Torrent downloaders.
- Media players.
- CPU trackers.
When the victim tries to install the program, he or she may witness the WebOptimum installer prompt in one of the installation steps. It may look like the following and may be concealed in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options of the setup wizard:
Since the installer of the free software that may be distributing WebOptimum as a free “extra” may have it well-concealed within the installation steps, users are advised to thoroughly check any programs they install in the future and download installers only from sites they trust to minimize risk.
WebOptimum Adware – Further Information
WebOptimum adware’s primary purpose is to display advertisements on the computers it is installed on. It may pretend to be a useful application which may aim to help improve your web browsing experience, but reality may be that the app does exactly the opposite and it may bring more harm than good.
Since WebOptimum is an ad-supported program, it works with many different technologies to display advertisements. For starters, the software may modify the settings on the following web browsers:
- Google Chrome.
- Mozilla Firefox.
- Microsoft Edge.
- Internet Explorer.
When it does this, WebOptimum may also employ tracking technologies on your computer in order to track your web browsing activity. This means that WebOptimum may use:
- LSOs (Locally Shared Objects).
- Other tracking tech.
The tracking technologies used by WebOptimim may be used to track different information about your online activity, such as:
- Your browsing history.
- Your online clicks.
- Your online search history.
This information may be used to employ the so-called behavioral advertising. This means that WebOptimum can display different forms of advertisements, corresponding to your interests, thus increasing the likely hood of you clicking on those ads. They may be:
- Banner advertisements on the sites you visit.
- Pop-up ads that appear randomly and may even appear on places you are likely to click, instead of a button you often use.
- On highlighted text once you hover your mouse on a word of a website you have visited.
The advertisements displayed by WebOptimum cannot be vouched for, since they lead to various third-party websites. This means that every advertisement you click on may bring risk to your computer system, more specifically the following risks:
- Redirect you to scamming websites.
- Infect your computer with different malware.
- Display phishing sites, whose purpose is to make you enter your credit card number, passwords or other crucial information.
Since WebOptimum is most likely enrolled in pay-per-click schemes and apps like it do not mind advertising any type of third-party site, cyber-secuirty experts advise to immediately remove it, if you see “Ads by WebOptimum” on your computer.
Remove WebOptimum Adware Completely from Your PC
In order to remove this ad-supported software from your computer, you need to take into consideration the fact that it creates a lot of files and other objects on your computer, which may be difficult to remove, since they may reappear after you think your have deleted them. This is why, we advise you to follow the removal steps for WebOptimum illustrated below. They are created so that you can remove WebOptimum by isolating it and fix your settings afterwards. If manual removal fails or you feel unsure on how to do it, cyber-security experts always advise using the specific software, designed to do the removal of WebOptimum and other adware and malware on your computer. Such anti-malware program will also protect your computer automatically against future intrusions.