What is Word Surfer?
If you start seeing advertisements labeled as “Ads by Word Surfer,” then you definitely have the adware program Word Surfer on your computer. The program’s supposed purpose is to help users with their browsing. Its developers promise that it will help you look up information online. Simply highlight a given piece of text, and Word Surfer will show you results for that text on Wikipedia and Bing. This seems neat, and definitely draws the interests of some users. However, due to the fact that Word Surfer is classified as adware, it is recommended that you remove it from your computer.
What Does Word Surfer Do?
The main goal of Word Surfer is not to help users, but to present them with advertisements. This is how its developers create revenue. Unfortunately for users, the program will absolutely bombard them with ads whenever they are browsing the web. The ads will appear in the form of pop-ups and banners. They can offer a range of things: from popular items and discounts to items that are relevant to your interests. This is possible as Word Surfer collects information on the user’s browsing. Another thing that you should know is that Word Surfer can generate these ads on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. The program is a browser extension that is compatible with the three most popular browsers.
Where Did It Come From?
Most likely, you have not installed Word Surfer yourself. Adware programs are notorious for getting installed without users noticing. They accomplish this through being attached to freeware installers. If you are not careful while installing free applications, then it is very likely that you will accidentally install unwanted programs such as Word Surfer.
Why Should I Remove Word Surfer?
Adware programs are not something you want to have on your computer, and it is not only because they are annoying. The bigger issue is that Word Surfer can expose your computer to virtual threats. You are probably wondering how exactly. Well, no one actually checks whether the ads that the program features are real or not. The developers are just interested in getting paid. So they may very well show misleading ads that will transfer users to malicious websites. Cyber criminals have numerous ways of scamming users. Sometimes they will offer them to participate in a raffle or claim they have won a prize, then they will want them to share their personal and possibly financial details. At other times they will send an infection to their computer that will do all of this itself. What is more, Word Surfer can share the information that it has collected on your browsing and disclose it to third parties. This means that cyber criminals can customize the ads so that they fit your precise interests. This only increases the chances of you clicking on a malicious ad.
How to Remove Word Surfer?
Uninstalling Word Surfer will suffice to get rid of it for good. Go to the list of programs via Control Panel, find its entry and click Uninstall. However, there may be more unwanted programs on your computer that have the same functions; there may also be malware if Word Surfer has been on your PC for a while. This is why you should seriously consider installing a reliable security tool on your PC that will protect it against all attacks.
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