The Web is full of browser add-ons and extensions that promise the user various useful services. Nonetheless, they are often referred as PUPs – potentially unwanted programs. Most of them are aimed at active online shoppers, promoting them ways to compare prices and similar services. However, most of those applications are ad-supported, meaning that the user may start experiencing intrusive display of advertisements while browsing. Web Layers (weblayers.co) also known as Web Layers Ads and Ads by Web Layers may be considered a PUP. It is developed by the infamous SuperWeb LLC. Even though Web Layers is not related to malicious software, it may affect the system’s performance and make it more vulnerable to cyber threats.
Web Layers Detailed Description
According to some researchers, the mother file of Web Layers is weblayersBHO.dll. As visible by the name, the file name has a BHO abbreviation – Browser Helper Object. According to Wikipedia, Browser Helper Object is described as a DLL module designed as Internet Explorer’s plugin to add functionality. Browser Helper Objects brought some concerns because they change the browser’s interface and install toolbars.
When installed, Web Layers may:
- Alter the browser’s default settings.
- Generate unwanted advertisements such as banners and pop-up/ pop-under ads.
- Apply persistent cookies to the browser.
- Collect PII (personally identifiable information) and non-PII.
PII consists of names, IP and physical addresses, website credentials, etc. Basically, any information that may be used to track down users is considered identifiable. Non-PII is information mostly related to the user’s browsing habits. Collected data of the latter kind may be used for various online studies, marketing researches, etc.
Web Layers Distribution Technique
The application may be distributed via bundled downloads. It may have been included in the download packages of freeware products. However, Web Layers can also be downloaded from its official website – weblayers.co. A ‘Start Now!’ button is provided on the homepage. However, after it is clicked, nothing happens, even though the download process should start within 10-15 seconds.
Image Source: weblayers.co
- May use browser cookies, web and DOM storage data, as well as Adobe Flash cookies, beacons ets.
- Other tracking and data collection technologies that are not specified.
→Important! Please note that Web Layers does not accommodate privacy settings such as ‘Do not track’.
Furthermore, SuperWeb LLC may share or sell personal information to third parties.
Web Layers Removal Options
The best way to clean the system of PUPs such as Web Layers is by installing a trustworthy piece of antivirus software. It will scan the system, detect and delete all threats, and continue to guard it. Have a look at the several removal steps provided below the article.
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 Web Layers Ads from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Web Layers Ads from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Web Layers Ads from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Web Layers Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Web Layers Ads from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Web Layers Ads from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Web Layers Ads from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Web Layers Ads from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Web Layers Ads
Step 2: Uninstall Web Layers 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 Web Layers 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 Web Layers Ads there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Web Layers Ads from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Web Layers 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 Web Layers 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Web Layers 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 Web Layers 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 Web Layers 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 Web Layers 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 Web Layers Ads will be removed.
Eliminate Web Layers 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.