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Remove WebBar (Uninstall Instructions) - Nov 2017 updated

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Security experts do not recommend installing and using Web Bar

Screenshot of WebBar download page

WebBar is a tool that offers “clutter-free web browsing” and allows surfing the web from the computer’s desktop. However, security experts talk about different functionality and put this application to the browser hijacker’s category. This potentially unwanted to the system silently and take control over the browser.

Web Bar toolbar is available on the official website getwebbar.com. However, along with the direct downloads, developers distribute the potentially unwanted program (PUP) in software bundles. Thus, this tool is known for being capable of sneaking inside the system without asking direct permission.

The search tool is developed by Web Bar Media. It is compatible with Windows computers that run in Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Additionally, the program is known for having a browser extension which mostly affects Google Chrome web browser. However, after the infiltration of this PUP, other web browsers might be altered as well.

The Web Bar Windows program can also track information about users, including IP address, information about the device and web browsers, browsing-related information, etc. This activity allows creating a user profile and delivering personalised ads. Thus, when users click them, developers generate revenue.

The problem is that these ads might be malicious and you can suffer from cybercrime. Therefore, we do not recommend installing this program or keeping it installed if it arrived on the system in the bundle. Remove Web Bar Media with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or follow manual removal guide at the end of the article.

Google Chrome Web Bar might prevent from using reputable search engine

The WebBar is not only a computer program but a browser extension too. The add-on might also be spread in software bundles and hijack them unnoticed. However, Chrome users report that the hijacker replaced their default search engine, homepage and new tab URL address.

The biggest issue is that users are unable to revert these changes or Uninstall Web Bar media easily. The browser hijacker might install additional components to protect itself and prevent the removal. However, users should be able to get rid of it by uninstalling the program from the Control Panel, then – browser extension, and lastly resetting each of the browsers.

If you still have problems to remove Web Bar Media, please scroll down to the end of the article. Our team has prepared detailed and illustrated instructions that will help to get rid of the potentially unwanted program.

Image of Web Bar MediaWeb Bar Media is a questionable information that should not be used for browsing the web due to suspicious advertising strategies.

Be careful with freeware installation to avoid suspicious programs

When you download free programs, you can find WebBar offered to install as an additional component. The software is noticed of being advertised in software bundles. However, if you choose ‘Quick’ or ‘Standard’ installation, you may give indirect permission for ‘additional downloads’ to get inside the system.

These settings do not openly disclose about additional downloads, but still, install them. Therefore, to avoid surprises, you should always use ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ settings. If you do not rush to hit ‘Next’ button, you might see third-party applications suggested to download. Thus, unmark the ticks and continue the installation.

Uninstall WebBar from the device

You can find and remove Web Bar from the Control Panel as an ordinary software. However, you should also look up for other files or programs that might have been installed as well. Additionally, if you see a Chrome extension or plugins in other web browsers, you should get rid of them too.

The manual WebBar removal guide is given down below. However, you can make this procedure simpler by scanning the system with anti-malware/anti-spyware. But you should not forget to reset the browsers after the system scan.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove WebBar, follow these steps:

Uninstall WebBar in Windows systems

First of all, uninstall Web Bar Media from the Control Panel. The guide below will also show how to identify other potentially dangerous components that should be eliminated as well. Then, you should check each of the web browsers, uninstall suspicious plugins and reset web browsers.

  1. Go to Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, open Add/Remove Programs). Go to 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, open 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open Quick Access Menu. Then click Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open 'Quick Access Menu'. Then click 'Control Panel' and select 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Remove WebBar and programs related to it
    Now, take a look at the list of programs and find WebBar or other programs that you do not remember installing.
  4. Right-click on these programs and select "Uninstall." Then click OK to save changes. Right-click every suspicious program and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Delete WebBar from Windows shortcuts
    Right-click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and click Properties. Right-click on web browsers' icon and click 'Properties'
  6. Now, go to Shortcut tab and find Target field. Then delete the URL that is associated with your virus. Open 'Shortcut' tab and erase 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other shady URL

Follow the same steps as explained above with all other shortcuts of Internet browsers, including Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Please check Start Menu, Desktop, and taskbar to find all shortcuts.

Uninstall WebBar in Mac OS X system

  1. Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications. Click on 'Go' to open a drop-down menu and select 'Applications'.
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for WebBar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on each malicious application and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete WebBar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Reset Internet Explorer to terminate the hijacker entirely.

  1. Delete suspicious browser add-ons
    Launch Internet Explorer, and then open IE by clicking on the Gear icon, which is located at the top right corner of the Internet browser. Then, click Manage Add-ons. Open browser menu and go to 'Manage add-ons'
  2. Manage Add-ons window will appear on your screen. Now, search for WebBar and other questionable browser add-ons. Right-click them on each of them and select Disable. To eliminate malicious applications, right-click on each of them and click 'Disable'
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the Internet browser and then click Internet Options. Stay in General section.
  4. Now, delete malicious URL and enter Delete suspicious URL, type in your preferable site name and click 'Apply' to save
  5. Reset all Internet Explorer settings
    Click on Gear icon and then opt for Internet options. Then go to Advanced section.
  6. Click Reset.
  7. A new window appears, and then you have to tick Delete personal settings and click Reset to finalise WebBar removal. In 'Advanced' tab, click 'Reset'. Then tick 'Delete personal settings' and click 'Reset'.

Delete WebBar from Microsoft Edge

Even if you do not see Web Bar extension installed to Microsoft Edge, you should still reset it to make sure that any invisible entries were not installed.

Reset settings in Microsoft Edge (Technique No.1):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser, then click on More button, which is situated at the top right edge of the screen
  2. Select Settings from the drop down menu.
  3. When the Settings panel appears, find Clear browsing data section and hit Choose what to clear button. Open Settings and click on 'Choose what to clear' button
  4. Then mark all components that you wish to delete and after that hit Clear. Click 'Clear'
  5. Right-click the Start button (that has Windows logo on it) and choose Task Manager. Right-click the Start button again and choose 'Task Manager'
  6. Go to Processes tab and look for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and select Go to details. If there is no Go to details option, select More details and carry out previous instructions. Right-click on 'Microsoft Edge' and choose 'Go to details' option If 'Go to details' option does not show up, choose 'More details' instead
  8. Once Details tab appears, look for entries that contain Microsoft Edge name. Right-click on such individual entries and choose End Task option to terminate them. Locate all entries that relate to Microsoft Edge and click 'End Task'

Reset Microsoft Edge (Technique No.2):

In case the Technique No.1 did not help you to fix the problem, use advanced Edge reset option.

  1. Important: you must backup your files before you use these tips
  2. Locate this folder on your PC: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select all items in this folder and right-click with your mouse. Select Delete. Open Microsoft Edge folder on your PC, click every entry with the right mouse button and select 'Delete'
  4. Click on the Start button (that has Windows Logo on it) and in Search my stuff field, type in window power.
  5. With the right button of your mouse, click on every entry and select Run as administrator. Locate where Windows PowerShell is, right-click on it and click on 'Run as administrator' option
  6. Once you get Admin's rights, Windows PowerShell window should show up shortly. Paste this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and hit Enter. Copy and then paste the necessary command and hit 'Enter'

After completing these steps, Microsoft Edge should be WebBar-free.

Delete WebBar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall WebBar or other questionable add-ons from Firefox and reset it as shown below:

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Launch Mozilla Firefox, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Add-ons Extensions. Open browser menu and go to 'Add-ons'
  2. Now, locate WebBar and other suspicious extensions. Click Remove to eliminate them. Go to 'Extensions' and locate malicious browser add-ons. Hit 'Remove' button to delete each entry
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open Firefox menu (click the button at the top right corner), and go to Options General.
  4. Delete malicious URL and then enter the address of the website that you want to set as your homepage.
  5. Click OK to save the changes. Open 'General' tab and delete the URL from 'Home Page' field or just simply click 'Restore to Default'. Then click on 'OK' button to apply changes.
  6. Reset all Mozilla Firefox settings
    Click on the Firefox at the top left corner and then click the question mark. Then, select Troubleshooting Information. Open menu by clicking on the indicated icon and on '?'. Then select 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  7. Reset Firefox to its default state message should appear then. You will see Reset Firefox button. Click this button a few times and finalise WebBar removal. Hit 'Reset Firefox' button a few times

Delete WebBar from Google Chrome

Follow the guide to uninstall Chrome Web Bar entirely:

  1. Remove malicious extensions
    Launch Google Chrome, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Tools Extensions. Open browser's menu, then click 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Now, look for WebBar and other suspicious extensions and then click the trash icon to remove them. Find malicious extensions and click on the Trash bin icon to remove them
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open menu and select Settings.
  4. Find Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup section and click Set pages. Open browser's menu, then go to 'Settings' and select 'Set pages' under 'On startup' section
  5. An additional window should pop-up. Here, remove dubious URLs and add a new page that you wish to set as a homepage. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  6. Open Chrome menu and go to Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. Once you open browser's 'Settings', click on 'Manage search engines...' button
  7. In Search Engines..., configure default search engine settings. Remove untrustworthy ones. We advise you to leave only Google or another reputable website of your choice. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  8. Reset all Google Chrome settings
    Open menu by clicking the button at the top right corner of Google Chrome, and go to Settings.
  9. Scroll down to find Reset browser settings button. Click on it. When in 'Settings', click Show advanced settings and then find 'Reset browser settings' button. Click on it.
  10. Click Reset to approve this action and finish WebBar removal. Click 'Reset' to finish the removal process.

Delete WebBar from Safari

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for WebBar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and remove untrustworthy extensions
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by WebBar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. Go to 'General' section and find Homepage field. Delete suspicious URL and replace it with a URL of your choice.
  5. Reset all Safari settings
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete WebBar removal process. Select all checkboxes and click 'Reset'

A proper web browser and VPN tool can guarantee better safety

As online spying becomes an increasing problem, people are becoming more interested in how to protect their privacy. One way to increase your online security is to choose the most secure and private web browser. While browsers cannot create complete privacy and security, some of them are much better because of privacy-oriented services such as sandboxing, active content blocking, phishing protection, HTTPS upgrading, etc.

But if you want complete anonymity and security when surfing the web, you need Private Internet Access VPN service. This tool successfully reroutes traffic across different servers, so your IP address and location remain protected. It is also important that this tool is based on a strict no-log policy, so no data is collected and cannot be leaked or made available to first or third parties. If you want to feel safe on the internet, a combination of a secure web browser and a Private Internet Access VPN will help you.

Reduce the threat of viruses by backing up your data

Due to their own careless behavior, computer users can suffer various losses caused by cyber infections. Viruses can affect the functionality of the software or directly corrupt data on your system by encrypting it. These problems can disrupt the system and cause you to lose personal data permanently. There is no such threat if you have the latest backups, as you can easily recover lost data and get back to work.

It is recommended to update the backups in parallel each time the system is modified. This way, you will be able to access the latest saved data after an unexpected virus attack or system failure. Backing up your files daily or weekly should become your habit.

By having the latest copies of important documents and projects, you will avoid serious inconveniences. File backups are especially useful if malware attacks your system unexpectedly. We recommend using the Data Recovery Pro program to restore the system.

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