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Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Wind Browser

Wind Browser is a recently released web browser tailored for the Russian market. It is based on Google’s Chromium project, so it looks like Google Chrome. However, after analyzing it, we suggest removing it due to the fact, that it comes from an unknown entity that has forced this browser to display ads. In fact, the whole point of this web browser is to generate advertising revenue for its developers. It has nothing valuable to offer to the end-user. Furthermore, we believe that some of its advertisements are malicious. So by clicking them, you will expose your computer to content that. This might have detrimental consequences for your PC as this content proves to be Trojans or rootkits. For more information about this seemingly legitimate application that has been classified as a potentially unwanted program, please read this whole article.

Unfortunately, Google’s open-source Chromium platform has turned out to be the perfect tool for making web browsers with the built-in quality of displaying advertisements. And, there are plenty of these browsers too as we have recently analyzed and written about that include the following: Fusion Browser, TheBrowser, Qword Browser, Chedot, and many others.

There is not much to say about this browser’s developer. Its website states that it was developed by DevUnion Inc. However, this company is located in Tortola, Virgin Islands. So we doubt that a company located in the Caribbean would develop a browser for the Russian market. It is quite possible that this address is not the address of this company at all. Furthermore, the DevUnion Incorporated might even be a fictitious company, and the lack of information about it supports our suspicions. Now that we have somewhat established this company’s credentials let us discuss how it is disseminated.

Since this application is quite new to the scene, its distribution is limited to its dedicated website at Windbrowser.net. This website is also in the Russian language, and it looks like a site made for a potentially unwanted program. There is no extensive information about this product, and the same can be said about its developer. It looks like this website was quickly put together with an emphasis on looks then on informative information. Nevertheless, we think that it is a matter of time before this browser makes its way to software bundles and starts being distributed on shady websites. Even though this browser is in the Russian language, we think that it might make its way to bundles intended for English speakers, because this is often the case with software made in Asia. Now that we got that out of the way let us talk about how this application works.

To our surprise, Wind Browser works rather well. But this is no thanks to the developers who made it, but to the Chromium platform. As you might expect, this browser is visually identical to Chrome. But as we previously stated, it has some functions you may not like. First of all, once it is installed it will automatically set itself as the default browser that is not a huge issue, but legitimate browsers are not that desperate to be used so to speak. Its main problem is that it is capable of displaying advertisements regardless of the fact that it also has a built-in adblocker. It is quite possible that its ads can feature links to illicit websites that contain malicious software downloads.

Therefore, you should consider swapping this browser for a one that has established its legitimacy if you are currently using it that is. Since it is not a malicious program, it can be easily uninstalled via Control Panel. However, this program leaves a lot of junk files and registry keys that get left behind. So if you want to do it right, then you will have to delete them as well using our removal guide.

How to uninstall Wind Browser

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find the undesirable program and click Remove.

Windows 7 & Windows Vista

  1. Click Start located at the bottom left side of the screen.
  2. Select Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Locate the undesirable application and click Uninstall.

Windows 8 & 8.1

  1. Open the Start Screen located at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Type Uninstall in the search box and then go to Settings.
  3. In the search results, go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Locate the program and right-click on it.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 10

  1. Right-click on the Start menu located at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Go to Control Panel and select Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the program.
  4. Right-click on it and click Uninstall.

Get rid of the junk files

  1. Simultaneously press Windows Key+E.
  2. Enter the paths in the address box one by one and delete the folders from the following locations.
  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Wind\Application.
  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Wind\User Data.
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Wind\Application.
  • %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Wind\User Data.
  1. Delete these folders only if you have found and deleted the previous folders.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Wind.
  • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Wind.
  • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Wind.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Wind.
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Wind.

Delete the registry keys

  1. Simultaneously press Windows Key+R to open RUN.
  2. Type regedit in the dialog box and click OK.
  3. Locate and delete the values and explained below.
  • Key Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\chrome.exe.
  • Value name:(Default).
  • Value data: "C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Wind\Application\chrome.exe" (remove this value data, but leave the value.)
  • Value name: Path.
  • Value data: "C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Wind\Application" (remove this value data, but leave the value.)
  • Key Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet.
  • Value name:(Default).
  • Value data: "Wind.JLUFHCNGZ4PTW5RU42O7TTJZM4" (delete this value data, but leave the value.)
  • Key Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall.
  • KEY: Wind (Remove this Key ONLY if main folders in %LOCALAPPDATA% were found.)
  • Key Path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software.
  • KEY: Wind (delete this Key ONLY if main folders in %LOCALAPPDATA% were found.)
  • Key path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet.
  • Key path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Clients\StartMenuInternet.
  • Key Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RegisteredApplications.
  • Key Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\RegisteredApplications.
  • Value name: Wind.JLUFHCNGZ4PTW5RU42O7TTJZM4.
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