Developed by Adaware, Web Companion is promoted as a browser security tool that promises to protect you while you’re browsing. However, it’s technically classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it is distributed using the software bundling method. Although Web Companion isn’t considered to be harmful software and shouldn’t cause any direct harm to your computer, if you don’t remember installing it, we recommend you remove Web Companion.
Can Web Companion harm your computer?
It is important to note that Web Companion by Adaware is not malware that will deliberately attempt to damage your computer. That’s not its main purpose. It’s marketed as a tool for private and safer browsing, although it’s dubious whether it actually offers any kind of protection. On its official website, it’s stated that in addition to acting as an adblocker tool, it will warn you about potentially harmful or phishing websites that you are about to visit, as well as stop websites from tracking you. Web Companion certainly appears useful at first sight, but if you don’t remember installing it, remove it.
Your browser’s settings will also change as a result of Web Companion. These modifications are essentially made without your consent if you didn’t install Web Companion intentionally. Although it does not promote any dubious search engines, it will still change it without permission. It’ll probably make Bing or Yahoo your default search engine. Keep in mind that as long as the program is still installed, you won’t be able to reverse any changes.
Even though Web Companion is not a dangerous program, you should be aware that it will monitor your browsing and gather certain data. The application will specifically gather information about the websites you visit, the searches you conduct, the content you interact with, your IP address, etc. Even if this isn’t exactly personal information, the program’s data collection methods are nevertheless intrusive enough.
It’s very much doubtful that Web Companion will perform as it should so we recommend you remove Web Companion unwanted program from your computer. You can use anti-virus software for that.
PUP installation methods
Users install potentially unwanted programs themselves, though they usually do it without even realizing it. Some programs are disguised to appear useful, and people install them as a result. These apps are widely available on websites offering free downloads, and it’s simple to fall for their deceptive advertising. You could have also downloaded the program from its official website after coming across some kind of ad. We always recommend you do research before installing programs to prevent your computer from becoming cluttered with junk. It is possible to find out whether a program is safe with a simple Google search.
But it’s most likely that Web Companion was installed through software bundling if you do not remember installing it. Software bundling effectively makes it possible for apps like Web Companion to be added to programs as extra offers. Although these offers are optional, they are set to install automatically. Users are not asked for their permission nor are they even made aware of this installation. This technique essentially allows programs to sneak into a computer, which is why creators of undesirable programs favor it so much.
If you pay close enough attention during program installation to notice the offers that are bundled with freeware, you can easily prevent their installation. You need to install programs using Advanced (Custom) settings if you want the offers to be visible. All added offers will be visible in these settings, and you’ll be able to deselect them all as well. Before continuing with the application installation, uncheck the boxes of all offers.
Although some of those offers might appear useful at first, we do not advise installing any of them. Software bundling is an installation technique that is somewhat controversial, and programs that use it are effectively attempting to enter your computer without your knowledge, which is not something you should permit. And it only takes a few seconds to uncheck a few boxes, but it would take much longer to remove potential threats like PUPs. Therefore, always pay attention while installing free programs and deselect anything that has been included unless you want to clutter your computer with useless software. This is particularly true for software that you obtain from unofficial websites.
Web Companion removal
Since Web Companion is not malicious software, you should have little trouble getting rid of it. Using anti-virus software is the simplest way to remove Web Companion from your computer. You can use any anti-virus application since many of them identify it as a potential threat. However, you should have no trouble manually uninstalling Web Companion as well. Although it might be simpler to use antivirus software if you have little experience deleting programs.