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Remove WunderWeb Ads and PUP.Optional.BrowseFox

NameWunderWeb Ads
TypeAdware, PUP
Short DescriptionThe browser extension may collect information and may display intrusive ads.
SymptomsAdvertisements are displayed.
Distribution MethodBundling, the official page.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By WunderWeb Ads

WunderWeb is classified as a suspicious browser extension and is promoted on its official website – wunderweb(dot)biz. The extension has the features of adware (ad-supported software) and is known to generate intrusive advertisements. Adware also collect personally-identifiable and non-identifiable information from users, and uses a range of tracking technologies for the purpose of displaying relevant ads. Security researchers recommend the immediate removal of WunderWeb.

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WunderWeb Description and Distribution Method

The extension is advertised as a useful tool that enhances the browsing experience by:

  • Reviewing the websites the user is visiting.
  • Comparing prices for the items the user plans to purchase.
  • Displaying search results similar to the user’s interests.
  • Searching from multiple sources in one place.

The application’s description may appear luring to users, but AV scan results indicate it is not safe to use. See below the results from the public scanner VirusTotal.

WunderWeb can be downloaded from its official website – wunderweb(dot)biz. It may also be promoted on various freeware and shareware pages. WunderWeb can be included in freeware installers as a recommended offer. To avoid downloading additional software, always opt for custom/ advanced installation.

WunderWeb Risk Evaluation

WunderWeb Primary Executable:

WunderWebSetup.exe

WunderWeb Application Location:

C:\Users\{name}\AppData\Local\Temp\WunderWeb\7za.exe

WunderWebSetup.exe has been detected by multiple AV programs. 29 out of 56 solutions detect and flag the file. Here is a list of some of the detection names we have compiled with the help of VirusTotal:

  • BrowseFox (AVG)
  • NSIS:BrowseFox-D [PUP] (Avast)
  • ADWARE/BrowseFox.apg (Avira)
  • Adware.SwiftBrowse.Q (BitDefender)
  • Trojan.Yontoo.1734 (DrWeb)
  • Win32/BrowseFox.C potentially unwanted (ESET-NOD32)
  • Adware.SwiftBrowse.Q (F-Secure)
  • PUP.Optional.BrowseFox (MalwareBytes)
  • Browse Fox (PUA) (Sophos)

As visible, WunderWeb is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and adware. Once installed, it may hide in the temp folder and:

  • Generate advertisements – pop-ups, banners, etc., with texts such as ‘Ads by WunderWeb’, ‘brought by WunderWeb’.
  • Redirect the user to predefined pages.
  • Collect sensitive information.
  • Share collected information with third parties and affiliate companies.
  • Increase the system’s susceptibility to malicious software.

WunderWeb Privacy Policy

Once installed, the application may collect a range of personally-identifiable details from the user and his device. It is also crucial to note that the software does not support ‘Do Not Track’ or unique browser settings, so that the software can proceed with its data collection activities.

Here is a part of the Privacy Policy:

wunderweb-tracking-data-collection

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WunderWeb Removal Steps

The immediate uninstallation of the software is highly advisory. The longer WunderWeb is running, the more vulnerable the user’s information becomes.

The good news is that adware can be removed manually from the PC. The bad news is it may have altered the Windows Registry by adding or deleting values. That is why using professional AV software is recommended with adware applications like WunderWeb. Moreover, once installed, an anti-spyware program will guard the user and his device from future intruders.

Please follow our removal guide to rid the system of WunderWeb and its advertisements.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall WunderWeb Ads 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall WunderWeb Ads.

    Step 2: Remove WunderWeb Ads from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select WunderWeb Ads and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After WunderWeb Ads is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate WunderWeb Ads and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After WunderWeb Ads is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select WunderWeb Ads 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After WunderWeb Ads has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on WunderWeb Ads
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall WunderWeb Ads. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the WunderWeb Ads will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove WunderWeb Ads 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 WunderWeb Ads associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the WunderWeb Ads threat: Manual removal of WunderWeb Ads requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’.

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