Do you have the Webveil browser installed on your machine without your approval? If so, you may have downloaded it in a bundled freeware package. The bundling distribution mechanism is typical for third party software providers that aim at quick pay-per-install revenue. If you have downloaded the browser yourself via the Download button on webveil(dot)net, you should think twice before using it.
The developers of Webveil – AppsCity – have been previously associated with several adware apps such as GamesRockit and Ultra Notifier, as reported by Enigma Software researchers.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Browser, PUP|
|Short Description||Webveil is a browser developed by AppsCity – a company known for adware distribution.|
|Symptoms||Sponsored results may be displayed, the browser may function as a motenization platform.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Webveil Browser.|
Webveil Browser Description & Distribution
Webveil may seem like a useful and user-friendly browser but security research indicates it is closer to a potentially unwanted program (PUP) than to an actual browser.
Webeveil is built upon the Chromium open source project and may serve its purpose. However, it appears to be similar to the well-known Tortuga browser that has raised the eyebrows of both tech-savvy users and security experts. The similarities between Webveil and Tortuga are quite striking. They both have identical icons, they are both built on Chromium and they are both suspected to serve particular digital advertisers.
One difference, pointed out by the Enigma Software research team is that Webveil is compiled with the BrowserBay platform. Basically, the browser functions as a monetization engine which is not a good thing when it comes to the average user. In other words, every search on WebVeil may be sent automatically to affiliates and advertisers. Collected data is usually used for various financial purposes.
Whenever a page is loaded within the Webveil browser, a virtual layer is likely placed on top of its content, showing sponsored ads such as:
- Video commercials;
- Intrusive banners;
- Pop-up ads.
Other suspicions that security researchers have is that Webveil’s smart search function is provided by search(dot)searchitknow.com. The latter is related to a browser hijacker.
In addition, Webveil interface is very similar to Google Chrome and that similarity may not be by accident. If you are not being careful, you may use Webveil thinking that you are using Google Chrome.
Webveil Browser Removal Manual
As we have already said, Webveil may be employed by certain digital advertisers for pure financial gain. Interacting with the sponsored search results may not be safe. You may end up being redirected to a phishing website or a page that is loaded with malware or spyware. If you feel like Webveil has somehow interfered with your regular browsing activities, you should remove all files associated with it. To do so, consider following the removal instructions below the article.
Delete Webveil Browser from Windows and Your Browser
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Webveil Browser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Webveil Browser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Webveil Browser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Webveil Browser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Webveil Browser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Webveil Browser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Webveil Browser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Webveil Browser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Webveil Browser
Step 2: Uninstall Webveil Browser 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 Webveil Browser 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 Webveil Browser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Webveil Browser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Webveil Browser 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 Webveil Browser 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 Webveil Browser 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 Webveil Browser 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 Webveil Browser 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 Webveil Browser 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 Webveil Browser will be removed.
Eliminate Webveil Browser 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.