Web Companion is promoted as a useful tool that will help you to keep your browser safe from malicious software like adware, spamware, spyware and other threats. In reality, it is not as different from the parasites it claims to guard your browser from. IT specialists categorize this application as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). But make no mistake, the danger that this software can put you in is anything but potential. Even if it succeeds to keep other parasites away from your web portal, this parasite has a malicious mission of its own.
As soon as Web Companion gets installed, this PUP will monitor your online activity and collect data such as but not limited to search results, browser habits and web history. With this information, it will be able to produce relevant advertisement content that you, the user, will be more likely to click on. For each click you make, the parasite will get paid. But there’s more. The app is programmed to display as many ads as possible, without paying attention if they lead to secure sources. This means, that you may get rerouted to suspicious and even dangerous third-party websites that can harm your computer.
The Web Companion PUP can be downloaded and installed from its official website. However, that’s not the only way for this parasite to spread. Other means of distribution include spam emails and attachments, fake updates, freeware, torrent files and infected ads. If you receive suspicious looking emails, especially if it is marked as Spam or/and contains attached files, it is best to steer clear from it. It is not uncommon for infected emails to pose as a message from reliable companies like eBay, Amazon or PayPal. In such cases, it is best to compare the address with the one listed on their official website, to make sure it is not fake. If the email name is not the same, you should immediately delete this message.
Web Companion can also get automatically installed on your computer if you’re not paying close attention to the installation process. Don’t be hasty. Read every line of text. It is always best to select Custom/Advanced mode in the Setup Wizard, which will enable you to view any bonus software that was hidden from you. All you have to do is deselect any additional programs and applications, so they do not get installed on your computer.
This PUP is not a virus. However, it is not harmless either. While it cannot harm your computer system, it can damage your browser, which will automatically reflect on your browsing experience. If you’ve noticed sudden changes in your browser’s behavior like lagging, slow minimization and maximization of the web window, or if it takes longer time for the browser to respond, you should know that it’s all due to the PUP’s existence on your computer.
Furthermore, your online security and privacy are jeopardized. Crooks can easily take advantage of your situation and obtain sensitive information, which they can share with other people for beneficial purposes. The only way for you to regain control over your browser and protect your personal and financial information is to remove this malicious application from your PC as soon as possible. The longer you delay taking action, the worse your situation will become.
Web Companion Uninstall
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Web Companion from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.