What is WordShark?
WordShark (also known as Adware.WordShark) is a program that may at first seem useful. This is a browser extension, and when it is installed, it will let you highlight words or phrases on web pages, and then it will display related websites. The program is known to work on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. There is more to WordShark, however. You can say that it is identical to Word Surfer, which has been classified as adware. You see, adware developers spread clones of the same program and just rename it every time. It is not recommended that you have such applications on your computer as they will do you more harm than good. If you have WordShark on your computer, it is best to get rid of it right away.
What Does WordShark Do?
The program will be attached to your browser immediately after it has been installed. Besides, the services that it promises to deliver it will also display in-text ads. This means that it will underline certain words on the web pages. If you hover your cursor over these, a window will appear with advertisements. This window is usually labeled as “WordShark Advertisements,” “Ad by WordShark,” or “Brought by WordShark.” The ads typically offer various promotions and coupons. All of them lead to third-party websites that are in no way associated with WordShark. These ads can be quite annoying as there is no way of getting rid of them if you want to use WordShark. However, this is not the biggest concern.
Is WordShark Dangerous?
WordShark itself is not harmful. However, as it is stated in its Terms of Service, the program and its developers are not liable for the content of the third-party websites. What is more, no one actually reviews the promoted web pages. This makes it easy for cyber criminals to exploit WordShark and use it to promote their harmful websites. If you are transferred to such a website, there is a huge possibility that your PC will become a target for infection. Another ploy that cyber criminals use is phishing schemes. In other words, they will want you to enter in some kind of raffle or claim that you have won some prize, and require you to share your details. You should not fall for such tricks.
Where Did WordShark Come from?
Even though WordShark has an official website (wordsharkapp.com), users cannot download it from there. Still, it manages to enter systems via bundled downloads. This means that it is attached to installers of free programs. This often leads to it getting installed without users noticing. We recommend being alert at all times when installing freeware. Also, make sure that you select the Advanced/Custom installation option. This gives you the opportunity to prevent any additional software program being installed.
How Do I Remove WordShark?
The best thing to do is to uninstall WordShark right away. You can try to do this yourself. Adware programs are not malicious themselves, which means that often a simple uninstall will do the job Go to Control Panel and open the list of programs. Then find WordShark and uninstall it.
This is not always that effective, however. If the ads continue appearing, then it is recommended that you use a reliable security tool to remove the program. This will identify all files related to WordShark and remove them with ease. What is more, it will remove any other intruders on your PC, including malware, and it will deny access to any unwanted software 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 WordShark from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of WordShark from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove WordShark from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase WordShark from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall WordShark from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove WordShark from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate WordShark from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove WordShark from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WordShark
Step 2: Uninstall WordShark 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 WordShark 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 WordShark there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of WordShark from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall WordShark 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 WordShark 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 WordShark files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as WordShark, 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 WordShark 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 WordShark 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 WordShark 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 WordShark 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 WordShark will be removed.
Eliminate WordShark 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.