- Annoying Pop-up's
- Shows commercial adverts
- Connects to the internet without permission
WebWatch, as its name suggests, is a monitoring app that enables you to see reports on who is tracking you. It also claims to be the “best free” application to do so; however, we have found that there is a price you have to pay for this app to be free – being disrupted by third-party advertisements. Therefore, this seemingly useful app suddenly becomes a risk factor for your system’s security as an adware program. Instead of watching the web for you, this adware may be more interested in watching your browsing habits in order to be able to display targeted ads for you. When an application is free, it usually means that the user will be exposed to all kinds of third-party ads. However, there is usually no guarantee by the publishers that the third-party content is safe. Since there are several ways the presence of this adware may harm your computer, we advise you to remove WebWatch as soon as possible. Failing to do so might cause your system a growing number of issues.
This adware application is available for download from its official website, usewebwatch.com. Practically, it is more like a web page and a very simple one too, for that matter. The first questions of reliability emerge here, that is why we think it important to talk about this. At the top of the page you cannot miss the promotional line that says, “You Are Not Secure. Nobody Is!” Well, to be frank, we cannot but agree with this; especially, if you already have this useless adware on-board. Then your eyes reach the first bullet point and read: “View who's tracking you.” Who would not click on this one? But you will be disappointed because you will get redirected to a new page that will pretend to work in the background and even offer you to refresh and also restart your browser if the report is not generated. However, at the bottom there is a note that says: “You must have Web Watch installed for this page to function.” So, what is all the fuss about? Is that not a bit shady and pushy?
Of course, unsuspecting users would go and quickly download the app, because now they would really want to know who is actually tracking them. Here is what happens the moment you click on the download button, well, at least if your computer is protected by an up-to-date antimalware removal tool – the download of Setup.exe fails and gets deleted by the security application as it detects adware. Does this sound like a reliable application to you? Naturally, if you do not have protection on your computer, you can download the file and install it. But what are the chances for you to find this website at all? Not much.
That is why WebWatch uses a rather suspicious method of distribution instead called software bundling. The problem with these bundles is that they may be packed with a couple of malware infections beside an authentic free program. If you do not remember installing this application, chances are your computer has been infected with a bunch of malware programs and this adware may be only a small part of your problem. The solution in this situation is to delete WebWatch and all related infections.
This adware does not use browser extensions to block your vision with third-party ads. Instead, it operates through a service that has a random name. WebWatch is supposed to “let you view insightful reports of who's tracking you” and “useful trends and data about the sites that you visit and what services they plant in your browser.” But we have discovered that this adware is actually the same as Finance Alert and Celebrity Alert, which are also worthless adware applications. Clicking on third-party ads does not only finance potential criminals, but it can also be rather detrimental to your system’s health, not to mention your bank account that might be also targeted by schemers, if they can scam you by luring you to their websites. Removing WebWatch is the only way to make these potentials go away.
There is definitely one good thing about this adware, and that is how easily you can get rid of it. Have you ever uninstalled applications via Control Panel? If so, it will be a child’s play for you. If not, simply follow our guide below. But do remember that WebWatch may only be one out of a whole bunch of malware infections. If you do not address this issue now, you will perhaps face more than you can handle. Therefore, we recommend using reliable antimalware software to automatically take charge in protecting your computer.
Remove WebWatch from Windows
Windows Vista and Windows 7
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10