How to get rid of WebDiscover with ease

A potentially unwanted program or PUP is a program that could be considered malicious, even though the user has agreed to install it. Generally, such include adware and browser hijackers that come bundled with other freeware.

WebDiscover is categorized as PUP due to its stealthy distribution methods and malicious actions that it performs on your device. Is WebDiscover a virus? Technically, it’s not, as it doesn’t self-replicate into other executable code or documents. Still, as a PUP, WebDiscover includes some threats you should be aware of.

Let’s see how to detect its presence on your Mac and uninstall it once and for all.

What is the WebDiscover browser?

What is WebDiscover? It’s a Chromium-based web browser classified as adware and PUP. It’s promoted as a useful alternative to Chrome with a bunch of helpful features, such as VPN connection, weather forecast, music streaming as well as an integrated search bar pinned to the desktop for quick access. 

In reality, this software hijacks browsers installed on users’ computers, displays intrusive ads and may cause unwanted redirects to websites that are paying for such traffic.

Main symptoms of WebDiscover virus

As soon as WebDiscover gets on a computer, it makes surfing the web almost unbearable. Most users complain about how annoying this malware is and how difficult its removal could be. Here is how WebDiscover works:

  • Change the default browser homepage to safestsearches.com, which redirects to Yahoo Search results pages
  • Display intrusive ads and pop-up messages which recommend fake updates or other suspicious software
  • Redirect you to sites different from ones you expect to visit
  • Show sponsored search results
  • Install a permanent URL bar on the top of the desktop

How did WebDiscover get on my computer?

You can freely download the malicious browser from the official website. It can also come bundled as a third-party app with other software. Most users tend to rush the installation process by skipping steps. Scammers exploit this weakness in order to hide PUPs within custom settings that are generally left ignored.

Tip:

Pay attention to what you’re agreeing to during the installation. To avoid installing any unwanted apps, always opt for custom or advanced installation, as opposed to the quick one.

Avoid using all sorts of download managers and installers as they are infamous for distributing bundled programs as well. All cybersecurity experts recommend downloading reputable software from official websites only.  

WebDiscover and Mac performance

Adware and browser hijackers are not the nastiest types of malware available. Still, they can significantly reduce computer performance, overload CPU, and steal memory. You also risk ending up on a malicious website or get more malware into your Mac if you click on one of the displayed ads, even by accident.

Worst of all, apps like WebDiscover could collect browser-related information from your device, including visited websites, search queries, and other personal details. Having the data-tracking app installed on your computer may lead to severe privacy damage.

To eliminate all these threats, you should know how to delete WebDiscover. Let’s see how to get rid of it once and for all.

How to remove WebDiscover

How to remove WebDiscover

The manual uninstallation of WebDiscover can turn into a time-consuming and tricky process. But there is a more straightforward way.

Get rid of WebDiscover automatically

I recommend using CleanMyMac X by MacPaw to uninstall WebDiscover automatically. This app by MacPaw was previously known as a junk-cleaner but its latest version is able to fight viruses as well. Bob LeVitus from the MacObserver praised its malware removal tool.

Get rid of WebDiscover automatically

One more thing about CleanMyMac X is that it’s notarized by Apple, which means its code has been deemed safe by Apple. Here is how to uninstall WebDiscover with its help:

  1. Download CleanMyMac X for free – here’s the direct link.
  2. Launch the app and choose the Malware Removal tab
  3. Press Scan and wait for a few seconds.
  4. Press Remove if anything harmful is detected.

Speaking about real-time protection, it’s a background anti-malware monitor that checks your system for threats. If any suspicious activity is found, you’ll instantly find out. To set up this helpful feature, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the app, go to CleanMyMac X menu > Preferences.
  2. Check the box next to Enable real-time protection.
anti-malware monitor

Check your Mac for hidden Launch Agents

Being a form of adware, WebDiscover can operate on different levels. First of all, it tries to sneak inside your Launch Agents. This folder on your Mac contains tiny apps that usually run in the background. Sometimes they act as Updaters or Support Agents. Malware masked as a launch agent would keep showing you ads even when the main app has been deleted.

Here is how you can detect Launch Agents with CleanMyMac X:

  1. Select Optimization in the sidebar. 
  2. Go to Launch Agents.
  3. Check agents you don’t recognize.
  4. Press Remove.
Check your Mac for hidden Launch Agents

How to get rid of WebDiscover manually

Manual removal is also possible given you have free time and energy to meddle with system settings. If you still want to remove the malicious browser from your computer by yourself, start with the following steps:

  1. Go to the Application folder.
  2. Find recent items you don’t remember installing.
  3. Drag them to the Trash and empty it.
  4. In the Finder, select Go > Go to Folder.

  5. Type these folder names into the search box, press Go:

    /Library/LaunchAgents
    /Library/LaunchDaemons
    /Library/Application Support
    /Users/Shared

  6. Trash any files related to the WebDiscover browser. 

Once you do all these steps, it’s time to restore your hijacked browsers back to the norm.

Note:

CleanMyMac X can also help you reset browsers, clear web-related data, and remove extensions. The free version should do the job.

Safari

  1. Go to the Safari menu > the General tab.
  2. Type the preferred website in the Homepage field and click the Set to Current Page button.
  3. Go to the Search tab and choose the preferred search engine.

Google Chrome

  1. Paste ‘chrome://settings’ in the address bar.
  2. Choose “On start-up” in the sidebar to set your preferred start page.
  3. Go to the Search engine tab and pick a default search engine.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click three horizontal lines to the right of the address bar (the menu button).
  2. Go to Options and reset the preferred homepage and search engine.

To uninstall the WebDiscover browser, you should eliminate its small components rooted in various places on your Mac.

Though manual removal is also possible, some elements of WebDiscover could easily fall through the cracks. To find and eradicate the hazard, savvy Mac users prefer to use an antivirus. The good options are Malwarebytes or CleanMyMac X which deals with Mac-specific viruses. 

Hope, this article was helpful 😊

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