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Should I remove Web Layers?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
81% remove it19% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #15,341
United States Rank #8,366
Reach 0.0179%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 15.47 days
456.43 days >
Average installed length: 239.82 days


3.0.0 100.00%

Web Layers 3.0.0

What is Web Layers?

Web Layers is a web browser extension and toolbar that delivers contextual based advertising as well as modify the user's web browser home and search pages to provide advertising and search. Web Layers acts as adware and is typically defined as a potentially unwanted application by various malware vendors.

What the browser extension does:
- Changes the default search engine.
- Changes the default browser home page.
- Adds search from the address bar.
- Adds alternative redirection "page not found" and DNS errors.
- Displays contextual advertising by injecting banner and text ads.

About  (from Yontoo Technology)

While you surf the web, Web Layers's tools Compare, Deals, Inline, Related, Review, and Search are working hard behind the scenes to enhance your browsing. You'll save time (and money!) with Web Layers installed, and will wonder how you lived without us! Best of all, unlike similar services that charge subscription fee...  Read more


Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named WebLayersBHO.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 14 files and is usually about 742.65 KB (760,473 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Adds a background Windows Service
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Web Layers.
WebLayersBHO.dll (8d27c475358e984b670974112140ef77) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Dr.Web Adware.Searcher.2574
ESET-NOD32 8.8944 probably a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.A
Malwarebytes v2014.01.10.04 PUP.Optional.WebLayers.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.10 TROJ_GEN.F47V0827
VIPRE Antivirus 22594 Yontoo (fs)
updateWebLayers.exe (0f5a6561aaa39583274ea656afd9e105) has been flagged by the following 10 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Agnitum Outpost Riskware.Agent!
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.BrowseFox.H
Dr.Web Trojan.BPlug.35
ESET-NOD32 9852 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.H
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Riskware/BrowseFox
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.WebLayers.A
McAfee Artemis!0F5A6561AAA3
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Heuristic.LooksLike.Win32.Suspicious.I
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0509
VIPRE Antivirus 29650 Yontoo (fs)
IEClient.dll (5634c78e26d8776954e24707036b4569) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Comodo Security 17407 Application.Win32.Altbrowse.AK
ESET-NOD32 9148 a variant of Win32/BrowseFox.F
Jiangmin 16.0.100 AdWare/LinkSwift.a
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.WebLayers.A
VIPRE Antivirus 24154 Yontoo (fs)
       View all 20 all detections
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Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Web Layers
URL: weblayers.co/support
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Web Layers
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Web Layers\WebLayersuninstall.exe
Estimated size: 742.65 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Web Layers 3.0.0

Program module:WebLayersBHO.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Web Layers
Signed by:Web Layers
Path:C:\Program Files\Web Layers\WebLayersBHO.dll
Additional files:
  • IEClient.dll - Web Layers
  • (Malware detected) WebLayersBHO.dll
  • (Malware detected) updateWebLayers.exe - WebLayers
  • WebLayers.Common.dll - WebLayers Common
  • WebLayersUninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Internet Explorer BHOs
  • WebLayersBHO.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Web Layers' with the class of {976d7863-9e6c-4066-8c67-0993db9de35f}.
  • IEClient.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Web Layers' with the class of {976d7863-9e6c-4066-8c67-0993db9de35f}.
  • updateWebLayers.exe runs as a service named 'Update Web Layers' (Update Web Layers).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:15.72 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0002713640%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00013568%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00013568%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:340 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:157 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Web Layers?

You can uninstall Web Layers from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Web Layers 3.0.0, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Web Layers.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Web Layers 3.0.0 you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win Vista 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 81%
Keep it 19%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.61%
Windows 10 21.81%
Windows Vista 8.78%
Windows XP 6.80%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 51.28%
Windows 8 11.40%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.41%
Windows 8.1 7.12%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.55%
Windows 7 Professional 5.41%

Distribution by countryGeography

90.09% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 90.09%
  United Kingdom 2.24%
  Germany 1.87%
  Canada 0.93%
  Israel 0.75%
  Brazil 0.56%
  New Zealand 0.56%
  Australia 0.37%
  Belgium 0.37%
  France 0.37%
  Argentina 0.19%
  DK 0.19%
  Finland 0.19%
  Indonesia 0.19%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.17%
Dell 23.79%
Acer 10.41%
Toshiba 8.55%
ASUS 6.32%
Lenovo 3.72%
Samsung 2.60%
Gateway 1.49%
Intel 1.49%
MSI 0.74%
Sony 0.74%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.13%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.07%
HP G62 Notebook PC 3.07%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.07%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.45%
Dell Inspiron 546 1.84%

About Yontoo Technology

Yontoo, a subsidiary/alias of ad-hijacker Sambreel, is a publisher of ad-supported web browser extensions designed to inject and display advertisements within the browser.
Publisher URL: www.yontoo.com


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