How to Remove Web Bar

What Is Web Bar?

WebBar adware

Web Bar is a toolbar that may appear on top of your desktop after you install some free app downloaded from the Internet. Web Bar contains a search bar that allows you to enter searches without opening a browser first (the browser will be launched after you type your search and press “Enter”). The downside of having Web Bar, however, is ads it injects into webpages and the fact that it always stays on top of your screen no matter if other apps are opened in full screen. Web Bar may also gather your data such as browsing history to customize its ads. All in all, it is better to uninstall Web Bar, as it is primarily an adware program and it doesn’t add particularly useful features to your PC.

How Did Web Bar Get on My PC?

Web Bar is distributed by bundling with freeware. Developers of free apps often seek to make money from their products by allowing adware to be added to the package with their app. When a user downloads such program, he is prompted to choose either “Express” or “Custom” installation, where “Express” installation will get adware to get installed too. “Custom” installation, on the other hand, most of the time allows the user to turn down adware.

How to Remove Web Bar

The simplest method to uninstall Web Bar is to run an anti-malware program capable of detecting browser adware in general and Web Bar in particular. Norton Security is one of such tools; it finds and removes all files, folders and registry entries left by Web Bar.

Download Wipersoft

Other software that may be able to get rid of Web Bar:
WiperSoft (Windows)
WiperSoft (Windows)

You can also try to remove Web Bar by hand using the following instructions.

Remove Web Bar From Programs and Features

First open Task Manager: press Ctrl + Shift + Esc (or Ctrl + Alt + Delete if your OS is Windows XP). Go to Processes (Details) tab, locate wb.exe in there, select it and click End Process (or End Task).

Go to Programs and Features and uninstall Web Bar.

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Settings => Control Panel.
  3. Find and click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Look for Web Bar in the list. If you find the app, highlight it.
  5. Click Remove.

Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Control Panel.
  3. Find and click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Web Bar in the list. If you find the app, highlight it.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Start menu select Control Panel.
  3. Find and select Programs and Features or Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Web Bar in the list. If you find the app, highlight it.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8 / Windows 8.1:

  1. Press and hold Windows key Windows key and hit X key.
  2. Select Programs and Features from the menu.
  3. Look for Web Bar in the list. If you find the app, highlight it.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 10:

  1. Press and hold Windows key Windows key and hit X key.
  2. Select Programs and Features from the menu.
  3. Look for Web Bar in the list. If you find the app, highlight it.
  4. Click Uninstall.

How to Protect Your PC From Web Bar and Other Adware

  • Get a powerful anti-malware software, capable of detecting and eliminating PUPs. Having several on-demand scanners would be a good idea too.
  • Keep Windows firewall enabled or get a third-party one.
  • Keep your OS, browsers and security utilities updated. Malware creators find new browser and OS vulnerabilities to exploit all the time. Software writers, in turn, release patches and updates to get rid of the known vulnerabilities and lesser the chance of malware penetration. Antivirus program’s signature databases get updated every day and even more often to include new virus signatures.
  • Adjust your browsers’ settings to block pop-ups and to load plug-ins only when clicked.
  • Download and use Adblock, Adblock Plus, uBlock or one of the similar trustworthy extensions for blocking third-party advertisements on web-sites.
  • Don’t just click on any link you see while browsing the web. That applies particularly to links in comments, on forums, or in instant messengers. Pretty often these are spam links. Sometimes they are used for increasing the traffic to websites, but often enough they will land you on pages that will try to execute a malicious code and infect your computer. Links from your friends are suspect too: the person who shares a cute video might not know that the page contains threatening script.
  • Don’t download software from unverified web-sites. You can easily download a trojan (a malware that pretends to be a useful application); or some unwanted programs could get installed along with the app.
  • When installing freeware or shareware, be sensible and don’t rush through the process. Choose Custom or Advanced installation mode, look for checkboxes that ask for your permission to install third-party apps and uncheck them, read End User Licence Agreement to make sure nothing else is going to get installed. You can make exceptions for the apps you know and trust, of course. If declining from installing unwanted programs is not possible, we advise you to cancel the installation completely.

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