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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Remove Webafan Pop-up (Uninstall Guide)

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"Webafan" is a PUP, or to give it it's full name, a Potentially Unwanted Program is a computer program or application known for having certain characteristics that potentially render it undesirable – despite the fact that it might not be obviously disruptive or dangerous to your computer. Such programs often share similarities and 'features' with adware and needless to say they usually install themselves by rather dubious means. However, if you've been repeatedly redirected to when navigating you favorites websites it doesn't necessarily mean that your computer is infected with malware. It could be also a rogue advertiser through various ad partnership networks. So, if you got this pop-up once it never happened again than you should be fine. But if you keep getting pop-ups and redirects like every ten minutes or so, then it could be a PUP/adware infection. Some variants of this infection are also resistant to regular ways of uninstalling them and they are pretty much all known for having a distinct lack of useful benefits – assuming that showing pop-up adverts are not your thing! Some Potentially Unwanted Programs might be the root of security problems on your PC too – usually indirectly. But regardless, they can be the catalyst and open up routes for more malicious software to download monitoring software or key logging programs on your machine. After all, pop-up adverts can often be a lot more dangerous than you think. Please use this guide to remove Webafan and any associated malware. pop-up asking to subscribe newsletters and get offers from top advertisers.
The vast majority of technology experts normally suggest that if you're not 100% sure you want the so-called features of a certain program – i.e. it is potentially unwanted – that you delete it.

This is the reason why PUPs like are not classed as 'real' malware or as Trojan horses even though they are often removed by anti-malware programs that spot similar threats.

Webafan is sometimes displayed or promoted on websites but in the majority of cases they are installed because they are bundled with another software program. These can include movie players, peer-to-peer downloading clients and other freely distributed media applications. This is why if you want to limit your chance of getting bitten by a PUP you should be extremely careful when you're downloading applications from third party websites and not the official one that belongs to the software's owner.

The most common types of Potentially Unwanted Programs are browser add-ons, optimistically titled web search enhancers, sets of emoticons, adware and spyware. Unfortunately there are a number of problems that spring from having Webafan on your machine and these can, and often do, include the following:
  • Weakened system resources: this is caused by the PUP's launch and subsequent automatic operation. This can result in the performance of your operating system being adversely affected. Some PUPs will monitor the way you browse the web and your online habits which is not only scary, but can also mean that your website content will download a lot more slowly.
  • You'll start seeing far more adverts that you are just not interested in. These take the form of pop-up windows, keywords, sidebars or, sometimes, search engine results.
  • Potentially Unwanted Programs that result in spyware will monitor and log the keys you hit when you're using your keyboard. This, obviously, has far reaching implications.
  • Webafan might not tell you how to uninstall it whilst others might not be completely uninstalled. A good anti-malware is vital whenever it's necessary to delete Webafan malware, since most PUPs include many characteristics in common with PC threats.
Written by Michael Kaur,

Webafan removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer.

2. Download and run TDSSKiller. Press the button Start scan for the utility to start scanning.

3. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Then click Continue. Please reboot your computer after the disinfection is over.

If you are getting Webafan pop ups in Skype only, try this solution:

1. Exit Skype.

2. Rurn off "Hide file extensions," and select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" in Windows Folder Options. (You can turn these back how they were after, if you like.)

3. Navigate to: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\

4. There should be a file there with no extension, simply called "hosts". Drag this into Notepad.

5. At the VERY BOTTOM, add the following:

6. Saving this can be tricky: A. notepad wants to save as .txt by default. You have to select Save as type: "All files (*.*)", and B. Windows probably won't let you save directly to that folder, so you'll want to save your new "hosts" file to desktop or something first, and THEN drag-and-drop it to replace the OLD hosts file.

7. Restart Skype.


Anonymous said...


Do you have any advice how to get rid of webafan if it keeps popping up in safari browser on iOS 7?

Thank you.