What Are Word Surfer Ads?
One day you might be browsing the web and see that pop-up and banner ads labeled as “Ads by Word Surfer” start appearing. Well, this means that the adware called Word Surfer has been installed on your computer. This program can produce advertisements regardless if you are using Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome to browse the web. Although the program claims that it will help you save time while browsing, it is not useful at all. Its only purpose is to present advertisements to users. Since the program is not of any benefit for you, we recommend removing it at once.
How Did Word Surfer Ads Get on My PC?
Word Surfer is an adware program after all. One of their prime tactics for entering computers unnoticed is through bundling. In other words, the adware is attached to freeware installers. If while installing the freeware you select the recommended installation option or just clicking the Next button, you will inadvertently install the adware, as well. This is why you must be very careful while installing free programs if you do not want any additional applications to be installed on your computer.
Are Word Surfer Ads Harmful?
After the adware is installed, it will start presenting ads in all kinds of formats. The ads will offer discounts and deals for the most part. They can even be related to your browsing. Word Surfer is able to access any information that regards your browsing, including history, search queries, IP address, data stored on cookies, etc. This is how it shows targeted ads. What is more, it can disclose said information to third parties. This way they also find out what users are interested in.
The real danger stems from the fact that Word Surfer does not inspect the websites that it promotes. In other words, they can be managed by cyber criminals and try to infect you with malware. There is no way to tell that by the ads themselves. So you can click on some ad offering you some discount and be taken to a harmful web page, where your system will instantly become a target for attacks. Due to the fact that Word Surfer can only be annoying and expose your system to various virtual threats, it is best to remove it from your computer as soon as possible.
How to Remove Word Surfer Ads
Because Word Surfer Ads and the application that produces them are not malicious themselves, removing them is not that difficult. You can do it manually. All you need to do is go to Control Panel and then open up the list of programs on your PC. Then, find Word Surfer and uninstall it. This should do the trick. However, there might be more adware programs on your computer since you were careless enough to let Word Surfer on your PC. Even worse, some malware may have infiltrated it. This will require you to act quickly. As malware removal is not for layman users, it is strongly recommended that you use powerful security software to clean your PC. By having an antimalware program running on your PC you can be sure that no intruders will manage to infiltrate in the future.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Word Surfer Ads from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Word Surfer Ads from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Word Surfer Ads from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Word Surfer Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Word Surfer Ads from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Word Surfer Ads from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Word Surfer Ads from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Word Surfer Ads from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Word Surfer Ads
Step 2: Uninstall Word Surfer Ads and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Word Surfer Ads on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Word Surfer Ads there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Word Surfer Ads from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Word Surfer Ads and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Word Surfer Ads via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Word Surfer Ads files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Word Surfer Ads, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Word Surfer Ads from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Word Surfer Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Word Surfer Ads from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Word Surfer Ads from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Word Surfer Ads will be removed.
Eliminate Word Surfer Ads from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.