How to uninstall (remove) Web Shield

What is Web Shield?

Web Shield is unwanted browser add-on, that claims to provide functionality for browser security in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It is developed by Irrational Number Applications or Parallel Lines Development (publisher name changed during last year). Among its features developers mention: tracking sites that leave cookies in browsers, block cookies, speed up browsing. Seems perfectly legit. However, after some time user receive numerous additional advertisements in browsers named like “Ads by Web Shield”, “Web Shield Ads” or “brought by Web Shield”. User agreement on their websites says that Web Shield will show ads to keep application free for users. But as Web Shield is installed in a bundle with free programs, users don’t have a chance to get acquainted with license agreement. Therefore, Web Shield is classified as potentially unwanted program and is detected by multiple antiviruses. Our security team prepared this step-by-step instructions to remove Web Shield from Windows (10, 8, 7, XP) and get rid of ads in browsers.

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How Web Shield gets on your PC?

Web Shield, as mentioned above, is secretly installed along with free programs. Such method is called “bundled installation” or “freemium”. How it work? User downloads some small free utility from the web to perform certain task (download video, convert music or film for iPhone, etc.). During installation, this utility offers to install one or several additional programs with minimum information about them. This is done in such way, that users either think it is a part of initial installation or just do not pay attention to this step. In the issue, users get bunch of unnecessary or harmful toolbars, add-ons or programs like Web Shield installed in browsers or Windows. To protect your system from bundled installations and remove existing infection with Web Shield we recommend you to use SpyHunter or MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.

How to remove Web Shield from your computer?

To uninstall Web Shield remove it from Control Panel, then delete all files and regkeys.

According to our tests there are 3 products that have Web Shield in their database. Please, use them to remove Web Shield.

Recommended Solution:

SpyHunter 4 – fully removes all instances of Web Shield – files, folders, registry keys.

 

Download Removal Tool

Alternative Solutions:

1. Plumbytes Anti-Malware – detects files, registry values and folders of Web Shield.

 

Download Plumbytes Anti-Malware
 

2. Malwarebytes Antimalware – finds Web Shield – can clean up leftover items after removal.

 

Download MalwareBytes Antimalware

 

Or uninstall Web Shield manually.

Step 1: Remove Web Shield from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Web Shield.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows XP.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Web Shield and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 7.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Web Shield, select it and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 8 (8.1).

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key) to open the Start menu, click on the Settings at the top.
  2. Click on App & features on the left menu.
  3. On the right side, locate Web Shield and click it, then click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click on Uninstall to confirm.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 10

Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for last installed programs.

After that remove Web Shield from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Web Shield from browsers

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Web Shield.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Web Shield.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open IE.
  2. Push Alt + T.
  3. Click Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Web Shield.
  6. Click More information link in the left-bottom corner.
  7. Click Remove button.
  8. If this button is grayed out – perform alternative steps.

Learn more about removing extensions from IE.

Step 3: Remove following files and folders of Web Shield:

Remove following registry entries:

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Remove following files:

WebShieldService.exe
WebShield.exe
WebShield64.exe
Uninstall.exe

Remove following folders

C:\ProgramData\WebShield\

Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

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1 Comment

  1. I have deleted the files inside the folder of my web shield but the folder itself cannot be deleted even if it has no content pls help!

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