How to remove Web Companion potentially unwanted application: Full guide

Category: Potentially unwanted application Damage: Medium Data added: October 03, 2021

Web Companion potentially unwanted application is one of the many system optimization tools that supposedly fix various bugs on your PC. However, developers create such applications based on other programs that are installed on your computer.

Users often download/install such programs without knowing what they really mean. Because of this, they are classified as potentially unwanted applications. PUA or PUP is not credible as applications are distributed by this method.

Web Companion potentially unwanted application doesn't actually fix the problems; it detects or performs the rest of the tasks. Web Companion potentially unwanted application shows fake results without fixing the problems at all.

Name Web Companion potentially unwanted application
Type Potentially unwanted application
Damage Medium
Alternative Name Web Companion potentially unwanted application
Detection Names DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.3914), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/WebCompanion.C Potentially Unwanted), Fortinet (Riskware/WebCompanion), Sophos AV (Generic PUA BJ (PUA))
Symptoms A program that you don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment in order to eliminate the supposedly found errors.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Attack Consequences Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.

How did Web Companion potentially unwanted application get on my PC?

Such applications deceive users by forcing them to purchase the full version of the program. Most PUA and PUP have similar features. Also, many free software installations offer to install other software, such as Web Companion potentially unwanted application additionally, to spread throughout your computer.

Web Companion potentially unwanted application is distributed bundled with browser hijackers, adware applications, and more. Clicking on links that lead to untrustworthy sites or running scripts will start downloading and installing unwanted programs. It is widespread for users to download Web Companion potentially unwanted application when they click on deceptive ads and download and install fraudulent freeware. Web Companion potentially unwanted application is often part of 'additional offers.'

As a result, if your browser and OS are infected with PUA and PUP, you need to remove them immediately and never trust Web Companion potentially unwanted application.

The Web Companion potentially unwanted application main threats

  • It's running ads.
  • It's changing browser settings.
  • Hijacking browser search.
  • Hijacking user activity.

How to prevent infection on Web Companion potentially unwanted application?

Never download unknown files on the Internet from suspicious sites. Also, do not put little-known resources if you do not want to get Web Companion potentially unwanted application on your computer.

Many scammers on the Internet want to profit or steal data by checking user activity. The first step to complete privacy can be a more secure browser, which you can get if you use AVarmor.

How to remove Web Companion potentially unwanted application? Step by step guide

Here is a complete guide to help get rid of Web Companion potentially unwanted application on your PC. The most effective way is to remove PUP through a proven automatic tool like AVarmor.

Method 1: Remove Web Companion potentially unwanted application with AVarmor

AVarmor is a tool that removes malware. The utility helps users remove virus like Web Companion potentially unwanted application, as well as various malware from their computers. The utility has a simple and user-friendly interface, as well as powerful mechanisms to protect your entire PC system.

  1. Download and install AVarmor.
  2. After completing the download process, run the tool, agreeing with its settings. Before that, you should close all extraneous programs on your PC.
  3. The utility will start its work, and the user needs to click the 'Scan' button for malware.
  4. Once the scan is complete, a list of dangerous objects found will be generated.
  5. Remove all of the threats found.
  6. Once the cleanup is finished, restart your PC.

Method 2: Remove Web Companion potentially unwanted application in Windows

Let's look at this step on Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7 systems.

Windows 11

  1. Right-click on Start.
  2. Select Applications and Features.
  3. A new window will appear where you need to find Web Companion potentially unwanted application and click on the three vertical dots.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 10

  1. Go to 'Start.'
  2. Type 'Control Panel' in the search box and select it. In the 'Control Panel' window, click 'Programs' and select 'Uninstall a program.'
  3. Find the malware to remove it: in the 'Programs and Features' window, look at all the installed programs on the PC. Find Web Companion potentially unwanted application and click the 'Remove' button.

Windows 8

  1. Right-click on the 'Windows Start' button to select 'Programs and Features.'
  2. Find Web Companion potentially unwanted application and delete it.

Windows 7

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Select 'Control Panel.'
  3. When 'Control Panel' appears, click on 'Remove Program' in the 'Programs' category.
  4. Find Web Companion potentially unwanted application and delete it.

The user needs to follow all the prompts on the screen to uninstall the program.

Method 3: Remove Web Companion potentially unwanted application from browsers

Now let's look at how to remove Web Companion potentially unwanted application in the most popular browsers.

Mozilla Firefox

Dangerous extensions need to be uninstalled:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox and click on Menu.
  2. Go to Add-ons.
  3. Choose Web Companion potentially unwanted application and click on Remove.

Reset the homepage

  1. Click on the three horizontal lines at the top right of the screen to open the Menu.
  2. Go to Preferences.
  3. In this area, select your preferred home page.

Clear the cookies with the site data

  1. We go to the Menu, where we select Preferences.
  2. Now we need the Privacy and Security section.
  3. Find the Cookies and Site Data section.
  4. Click on Clear Site Data.
  5. Restart Firefox.

Reset Settings

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. In the upper right corner, click on the Menu to go to Help.
  3. Now select Troubleshooting Information.
  4. A new window will appear where you need to click on Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm the action.

Google Chrome

Dangerous extensions need to be uninstalled:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click on Menu to select More Tools.
  3. Then go to Extensions.
  4. A new window will appear with all installed extensions.
  5. Uninstall the suspicious plugin related to Web Companion potentially unwanted application.

Clear the cookies with the site data

  1. Go to the Menu and click on Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security to select Clear browsing data (Browsing history, Cookies, cached images/files).
  3. Click on Clear data.

Reset the homepage

  1. Go to the Menu to select Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site that is in the On Launch section.
  3. Click Open a specific or set of pages, find Delete.
  4. Reload the browser.

Reset Settings

  1. Go to Menu to select Settings.
  2. Navigate to Advanced.
  3. Go to Reset & Clear.
  4. Click Restore Defaults.

Internet Explorer

Dangerous extensions need to be uninstalled:

  1. Select the 'gear' sign of Internet Explorer on the right side of the screen.
  2. Go to 'Manage extensions'.
  3. Look at all the recently installed suspicious extensions; among them is Web Companion potentially unwanted application.
  4. Choose it and delete it.

Reset Settings

  1. Click Internet Explorer to open the browser.
  2. Click the gear icon to select Internet Settings.
  3. A new window will appear where we need the Advanced tab.
  4. Now click on Reset.
  5. Confirm your actions.

Microsoft Edge

Dangerous extensions need to be uninstalled:

  1. Select Menu.
  2. Find Extensions.
  3. In the list, select an extension, click the gear sign, where you choose Uninstall.
  4. Find the PUP and uninstall it.

Clear the cookies with the site data

  1. We go to the Menu, where we select Privacy and Security.
  2. Now we need the Clear Browser Data section to select the categories that we want to clear.

Reset the homepage

  1. Click on the menu icon to go to Settings.
  2. Locate the On startup section.
  3. Click Disable on the suspect domain.

Reset Settings

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager.
  2. Click on Details.
  3. Go to the bottom of the page, where you need to find every entry named Microsoft Edge. Right-click on each of them and select End Task.

Safari

Dangerous extensions need to be uninstalled:

  1. Click the Safari sign.
  2. Go to Preferences...
  3. A new window will appear where you need to select Extensions.
  4. Select the unwanted extension and click Uninstall.

Clear the cookies with the site data

  1. Click on the Safari sign and select Clear history...
  2. A dropdown menu will appear under Clear, where you have to select all the history.
  3. Confirm your selection.

Reset Settings

  1. Click on the Safari sign to select Settings...
  2. Click on the Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu.
  4. Next, click Develop and select Empty Caches.

Bottom line

After following our step-by-step guide, the user's PC system will be as clean as possible from Web Companion potentially unwanted application and other infections and malware. Additionally, PC and every browser you use, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, or Safari, will no longer show PUA and PUP.

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