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Should I remove WebProtect IE?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
79% remove it21% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #29,704
United States Rank #31,382
Reach 0.0049%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 6.42 days
189.52 days >
Average installed length: 99.58 days


VersionDistribution 1.03% 3.09% 1.03% 1.03% 3.09% 2.06% 1.03% 1.03% 1.03% 2.06% 1.03% 1.03% 3.09% 1.03% 1.03% 4.12% 4.12% 2.06% 1.03% 1.03% 1.03% 2.06% 1.03% 2.06% 3.09% 2.06% 2.06% 1.03% 2.06% 1.03% 3.09% 2.06% 4.12% 1.03% 1.03% 1.03% 2.06% 3.09% 3.09% 5.15% 5.15% 4.12% 6.19% 3.09% 2.06%

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WebProtect IE


WebProtect IE is a program developed by web-protector.net. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. The main program executable is WebProtector.dll. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 3 files and is usually about 1.01 MB (1,061,546 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 38% of users of WebProtect IE come from the United States, it is also popular in India and Egypt.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in WebProtect IE.
WebProtector.dll (15b7619a279fad2277e1fbeec5ba9761) has been flagged by the following 27 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 537 Application.Generic.1448328
Agnitum Outpost 7.1.1 PUA.Toolbar.Agent
Antiy-AVL RiskWare[WebToolbar:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent
Arcabit Application.Generic.D161988
avast! 2014.9-150816 Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]
AVware Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.GadgetBox.G
Bitdefender Application.Generic.1448328
Cyren W32/Application.YUIR-8677
Dr.Web Adware.Shopper.927
ESET-NOD32 9.12063 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.GadgetBox.G potentially unwanted
Fortinet FortiGate 8/16/2015 Riskware/GadgetBox
F-Secure 11.2015-16-08_1 Application.Generic.1448328
G Data 15.8.25 Application.Generic.1448328
K7 AntiVirus 13.207.16827 Adware
K7GW 13.207.16827 Adware ( 004bbf571 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Agent
McAfee 5600.6671 RDN/Generic PUP.z
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6671 RDN/Generic PUP.z
MicroWorld-eScan Application.Generic.1448328
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Agent.duqfrd
Panda Antivirus Trj/Genetic.gen
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.WebToolbar.83d
Rising Antivirus PE:Trojan.Win32.Generic.18E8C6DF!417908447
Sophos 4.98 Generic PUA LJ (PUA)
VIPRE Antivirus 42714 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Zillya Adware.Agent.Win32.61519
       View all 27 all detections
WebProtect IE has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: WebProtector
URL: web-protector.net
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\webprotector
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\WebProtector\webprotector_uninstaller.exe
Estimated size: 1.01 MB

Program filesFiles installed by WebProtect IE

Program module:WebProtector.dll (Malware detected)
Name:Internet Explorer Web Protector Toolbar
Web Protector Toolbar
Path:C:\Program Files\webprotector\WebProtector.dll
Additional files:
  • WebProtector.dll (by Web Protector) - Internet Explorer Web Protector Toolbar (Web Protector Toolbar)
  • webprotector_uninstaller.exe (by WebProtector4.2.0.2099) - WebProtector4.2.0.2099

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer Bar
  • WebProtector.dll installs an Explorer Bar in Internet Explorer called 'WebProtector' with a class of {CCC7B151-1D8C-11E3-B2AD-F3EF3D58318D}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • WebProtector.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {CCC7B152-1D8C-11E3-B2AD-F3EF3D58318D}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • WebProtector.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'WebProtector' with the class of {CCC7B151-1D8C-11E3-B2AD-F3EF3D58318D} (Web Protector Toolbar).
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • WebProtector.dll loads into IE as a URL Search Hook named 'WebProtector' with a class of {CCC7B151-1D8C-11E3-B2AD-F3EF3D58318D} in order to redirect unknown URL searches.

How do I remove WebProtect IE?

You can uninstall WebProtect IE 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 WebProtect IE, 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 WebProtect IE.
  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 WebProtect IE you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 10 46%
Win 7 1%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 46.39%
Windows 7 46.39%
Windows XP 4.12%
Windows Vista 3.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 18.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.49%
Windows 8.1 Pro 12.37%
Windows 8.1 8.25%
Windows 10 Pro 7.22%
Windows 7 Home Premium 7.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

37.74% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 37.74%
  India 5.66%
  Egypt 3.77%
  Italy 3.77%
  Saudi Arabia 3.77%
  France 2.83%
  Netherlands 2.83%
  Norway 2.83%
  Peru 2.83%
  Austria 1.89%
  SY 1.89%
  Thailand 1.89%
  Australia 1.89%
  TN 1.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.73%
Acer 22.03%
Dell 18.64%
ASUS 15.25%
Lenovo 6.78%
Toshiba 5.08%
Intel 3.39%
Samsung 1.69%
Medion 1.69%
American Megatrends 1.69%
Common models
HP ProBook 430 G2 2.41%
Acer Aspire ES1-511 2.41%
ASUS All Series 2.41%
HP 15 Notebook PC 2.41%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.41%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.41%


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