|Type||Adware PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program)|
|Short Description||Runs a process, called prowebi.dll in the path”C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application data\prowebi\prowebi.dll”. Also creates temp objects here: “%Temp%\__tmp_316c85ca”|
|Symptoms||PC runs slower than usual. Annoying pop-ups and other form of advertised content.|
|Distribution Method||Via redirects or bundling.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By ProWebi|
ProWebi, also detected as Adware.ProWebi by some security software programs is an unwanted program (PUP) on your computer. The program is classified as dangerous for the user, because it creates multiple files that perform unknown actions on the user PC. The main file associated with this program is called PROWEBI.DLL and it is located in the %appdata% directory of the user folder. Experts recommend removing any associated files with this adware programs since they may turn out to display advertisements that lead users to dangerous sites.
How Did I Start Seeing “Ads by ProWebi”?
One way to begin seeing advertisements associated with ProWebi is by downloading an extension unknowingly to your browser, thinking it’s a useful application, like price helper or adblocker. However this browser extension may be ad-supported and administer advertised content heavily on your PC.
You may have also gotten the application by bundling. It is a common marketing tool for redistributing software online. Most third-party software providing sites combine different programs, sometimes without giving a look what effect they may have on the user PC. The programs are often advertised in the installation steps as ‘free extras’. You may have experienced these appearing on your installer if you downloaded any media players, file converters or other applications you use and trust.
More about ProWebi
This particular adware may begin to employ different tracking technologies in order to establish what you search momentarily and generate ads instantly. It may also collect info like you browsing history to determine your interest and generate banners and pop-ups according to those. These type of advertising methods are done with the purpose of implementing behavioural advertising. They are legitimate, however some unwanted programs track personal user information(PII) as well, because for such cyber-scammers information is profit.
ProWebi is a regular ad-supported application. However it may not do anything useful to you or your PC. But this is not the main reason the app should be removed and neither is the information collection it may do. The main reason for such apps to be considered dangerous is the Third-party websites they advertise. Some of those sites may be directly dangerous to the user PC in terms of:
- Infecting the machine with malware.
- Scamming inexperienced users out of their financial or personal information.
Cyber criminals have become very smart and they have realized that the easiest victim is the unsuspecting one. This is why they continue to develop new ways to infect users. To protect yourself, always employ some kind of security to either you online browsing behaviour or your PC. Here we have provided some friendly tips to help you improve your safety as well as instructions to remove ProWebi.
Removing ProWebi From Your PC and Protecting Yourself
In order to remove the application, you should make sure you follow the step-by-step removal manual below. Also, it is highly advisable to install a particular anti-malware program that is focused on low-level threats as well, such as ProWebi, for example. By doing so, you significantly simplify your situation with malware intrusions in the future as well.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall ProWebi in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall ProWebi.
Step 2: Remove ProWebi from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select ProWebi and click “Remove”
After ProWebi is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select ProWebi to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After ProWebi has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on ProWebi
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall ProWebi. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the ProWebi will be removed.
Step 3: Remove ProWebi automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all ProWebi associated objects.