Webcake browser hijacker

Webcake Deals and Webcake Ads are adware program that displays advertisements, sponsored links and also coupons while users visit various shopping web sites which include, walmart.com, amazon.com, Ebay.com, etc. The advertisements include text that states "Webcake Shop At First Sight" once you click on them. The adware will also place a "See Similar" button on product images at the various e-commerce websites that you visit. The Webcake adware may be unintentionally installed as an extension in your web browser because it may be bundled with various free software programs online for download such as, download managers, video streaming and recording applications and also free pdf creator programs. Yontoo, FBPhotozoom, 1ClickDownload and Superfish are known to sometimes include this adware.

You will need to download a few removal utilities to handle the adware infection created by Webcake. You should be able to download the needed software on the computer that has been compromised by the Webcake adware. But if you experience problems with downloading the applications, then you'll need to download them on a known clean computer and then transfer them to the compromised computer via a burned cd/dvd or a usb flash drive.

The utilities that you'll need to download include:

  1. RKill
  2. TFC (Temp File Cleaner)
  3. Adwcleaner
  4. Shortcut cleaner
  5. Emsisoft Emergency Kit

How to remove the Webcake adware from your computer.

  1. To start off, reboot the infected computer into "Safe Mode with Networking" by pressing the Function F8 key at system start-up, before the Microsoft Windows logo appears.

  1. Once you have logged into Windows, if you haven't already downloaded the needed removal utilities, proceed and do so now.
  2. Next, once you have the software downloaded, navigate to the directory that contains the downloaded software and execute the Temp File Cleaner (TFC). It will remove your temporary files.
  3. Once TFC has completed it's removal of your temp files, execute the copy of "Adwcleaner".
  4. Once the application starts, click on "Search".

  1. After the search is complete and the results log pops up, click on "Delete".

  1. Once the file deletion completes, extract the Emsisoft Emergency Kit by double clicking on it's executable. Once the files have been decompressed, start the kit by double clicking on "Start.exe".
  2. Next, once the kit starts, click on "Emergency Kit Scanner".

  1. Then click on "Update Now" to update the Kit's definition files.

  1. After the update completes, perform a deep scan of your computer.

  1. Once the scan completes, remove any malicious files and configuration entries that the kit locates on your computer.
  2. Next, close the Emergency kit and then open your web browser. We'll use Internet Explorer for this example.
  3. Once Internet Explorer opens, click on the "Tools" drop down and then click on "Internet Options".

  1. Next, select the "Advanced' tab at the top and then click on "Reset" down the page to reset your browser configuration.

  1. After the reset completes, close and then reopen the browser.
  2. Next, navigate back to the “Tools” and then Internet Options” area and then select the "Programs" tab and then click on "Manage Add-ons".
  3. Afterwards select the "Toolbars and Extensions" option on the upper left and then scroll down the page and disable/remove the Webcake entry.

  1. Next, click on the "General" tab and then change your home page settings back to your desired starting page.

  1. Next, click on "Okay" to exit the browser options.
  2. Next, execute the copy of “Shortcut Cleaner” to remove any malicious web browser shortcuts that were created by Webcake.

  1. Afterwards, restart your computer normally.

At this point your work should be complete and your computer should be back to normal without the Webcake adware pop-ups.

Smith Technical Resources makes no guarantees or claims that the information contained in this article will help you completely remove the above listed malicious program(s) from your computer.  There are several variations of each particular virus in the wild . And the procedure listed above may not be adequate for the specific version of the virus that your computer has been compromised by.

If you feel uncomfortable performing any of the procedures that we've listed on this page, please contact a professional computer repair company in your area and have them complete the needed repairs on your computer. Smith Technical Resources takes no responsibility for any possible damage that could result from your use of the above instructions.

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