How to Remove WebWatcher
WebWatcher is a spying program frequently used by parents or even law officers to watch what children or suspects are doing on a computer. The program takes screen shots of websites visited and logs every keyboard stroke the user makes. The program has many legitimate uses, but it can also be used maliciously by people who want to steal your passwords or credit card information. WebWatcher runs invisibly once it has been installed and can be hard to detect.
Open your web browser and navigate to a website that offers an anti-key logging software utility such as Spybot Search and Destroy (see Resources). Locate the downloads area of the web page and click on the download link. Wait for the program's installation file to finish downloading.
Close your web browser and return to the computer's desktop. Double-click the "My Computer" icon. Navigate through the folders on your computer's hard drive and find the location where your downloaded files are saved. Double-click the installation file.
Click on "Allow" if your operating system brings up a new window asking if you want to let the program run. Follow the instructions to install the anti-key logging program. Restart your computer.
Press the F8 key on your keyboard repeatedly when the logo for your computer's manufacturer appears on the screen. Scroll down through the menu options and highlight the "Safe Mode" entry. Press "Enter" to load the computer's operating system in safe mode.
Open the "Start" menu and click on the search box. Type in the phrase "atww" and wait for the search results to populate. Right-click on the "atww" folder in the search results and then choose the "Delete" option.
Open the anti-key logging program by double-clicking its desktop icon. Click on the "Update" button and wait for the program's latest detection algorithms to download. Click on the "Search for Problems" link and wait for the program to finish scanning your computer. Click on "Remove Selected Problems" once the scan has finished to remove the WebWatcher program.
Tips & Warnings
- The WebWatcher software will not show up in the list of program files in the Task Manager window and its entries do not appear in the registry editor, so there is no point in trying to search for the program's files in either of those locations.