How to remove (uninstall) Watch Folder

In this item we'll tell you everything about an advertising program, called Watch Folder. If you have some experience with browser hijacker or adware - you can skip this paragraph and go to the removal tips and get rid of Watch Folder. If you haven't experienced this kind of programs earlier - believe, this program really must not be kept in your system. We say so since this malicious program not just provides troubles during web-surfing, but may cause a dangerous adware infection of your computer. Do you mention the high amount of ads on all websites, or the switched start page? Have you experienced the massive slowdown of computer’s and browser speed, or strange results of search and constant redirections to the suspicious webpages? These are the signs of unwanted software working on your machine and if you noticed few of them – your computer is in danger.

What is Watch Folder

Watch Folder

Hackers don't create viruses just to irritate you, and every adware has straight tasks. However, the true aim of this program doesn't match with the stated ones. Usually, the specification of the advertising program states that it will be extremely helpful. 95% of suchlike software state that they will assist in the search for anything in the Internet. Performing some functions in social networks, search for discounts, sales and deals online and help in the finding of new music, games or movies - that's the most common functions of adware. At first glance it is really useful, but when you start thinking about it, you understand that all options that are stated have long been present in the basic functionality of all browsers or social networks. Don't you wonder why the advantages of adware are so indistinct? The "better", "safer" or "faster" web-surfing is a excellent sample of suchlike feature, as these options are really blurry and they're very to trace. According to this, adware are completely useless, and is just consuming space in the PC's memory? No, it's not! These programs perform a highly significant task, - to let Internet scammers to earn thousands of dollars per day on novice users.

 

It's hard to realize when it had begun but now there is an opinion that Internet-scammers create the unwanted programs without any logical reason. It's pretty reasonable, didn't it? Hacker thinks about an operator which is trying to uninstall his adware, and the feeling is very good! Actually, any harmful software performs their feature, and this function helps swindlers to obtain money. It is difficult to guess why advertising program generates so much ads, but when you get it, it appears really plain. All this advertisement is shown to obtain money on referrals. Simply stated, promotional services are paid according to the number of clicks done on the ad, or the quantity of clicks from link to the web-page. So, the more hype advertising program is showing you, the better is the chance that you will take an interest in it and pass the link. Yet if you're not interested in adware's ads - you still click on advertising, to close an undesirable irritating ad. The system doesn't want to know how the clicks were done, and hackers will obtain their payment both for the normal referral and for the undesired one. In this case we see that quantity defeats quality, as swindlers create a lot of substandard advertising tools that spam with intrusive ads. Trusting user can decide that suchlike ads are trustworthy, and look for something fine among these propositions, making dozens of referrals every day. Well-known AV-software creators and malware-fighting communities receive tens of thousands of complaints on Watch Folder, so swindlers make really good profit on it.

Methods to remove Watch Folder

By the way, Watch Folder has another consequence which in the long perspective can cause significant issues with your system. We talk about that Watch Folder changes the settings of user's browser on purpose to advertise more effective which makes it very defenseless against all sorts of viruses. Advertising programs seek to switch three parameters: default search engine, home page and the blocking of annoying advertisement. Suchlike changes clash with the fundamental regulations of Internet security, and make your browser highly vulnerable to all sorts of unwanted programs. The viruses will overwhelm your computer, because each referral on the link, provided by adware invites one more virus onto the computer. There is only one way to hide advertising and shield your PC from adware hazard - to uninstall Watch Folder.

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Watch Folder manually

Step 1. Uninstall Watch Folder from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Watch Folder from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari)

 

Advertisement tools are being distributed in many techniques: with help of viral websites on which the undesired download may start at any click, and using the installation in bundles. The first technique can be easily neutralized: you should visit only those web-sites that are considered trustworthy, and appear on the first pages in browser. Besides that, the browser and anti-viral tool will display the notification, if the web-site is unreliable. Second method isn't related to websites: you must be aware of it only if you are installing some programs. Bundled installation is simple: Watch Folder is integrated into installers of free programs. The installer is changed to suggest you to install extra tools instead of the one that you need. All fields are pre-checked, and if user clicks "OK" he installs at 2-3 tools instead of one. Remember: if Watch Folder had entered your machine with help of installation in bundles, there probably are some more undesired programs or malware. According to this, if you see the choice between “safe installation” and “partial installation” – pick the second option. Keep this in mind every time you install something - and your machine will be much cleaner.

Watch Folder removal tool

If had enough of redirections and ads in browser - we have proper instructions on Watch Folder elimination. In spite the fact that by-hand removal is very safe, it has some disadvantages, comparing to the software removal via AV-tool. When you uninstall the harmful program manually, you cannot intercept it (or another similar malware) from infecting the machine again. If you are using an AV-tool - it will grant you the protection for years. Spyhunter anti-viral software is made to eliminate such software as Watch Folder, and easily deals with other similar threats.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall Watch Folder from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Watch Folder and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Watch Folder
  • C:\ProgramData\Watch Folder
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Watch Folder

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Watch Folder" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Watch Folder and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Watch Folder from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Watch Folder and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove Watch Folder from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Watch Folder

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Watch Folder

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove Watch Folder

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Watch Folder and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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