Wave Browser: What is it and is it safe to use?
The application that allows us to visit the World Wide Web is called a web browser. There are several web browsers (for Windows, Android, iOS, etc.) available in the market. The choice of browser is ultimately up to the end consumers. While advances in technology have made many aspects of life easier, they have also made us more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
There are many techniques to launch a cyberattack. Cyberattacks are launched with the aim of stealing users’ private data. Several security experts have stated that the Wave web browser is a possible security risk. Is it true or is it just a fluke? Read to know all about it.
In this article, we will cover Wave Browser: what is it, is it safe, etc.
What is Wave Browser?
The Wave Browser was developed by a company called Wavesor Software in 2015. However, the true origin of the software is still unclear. Some people may not be familiar with the term “Wave browser” and may confuse Microsoft Wave browser with Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Wave Browser is in no way connected to Microsoft. It’s like comparing apples and oranges; the software couldn’t be more different.
Moreover, this software can suddenly appear on your computer without your knowledge or consent. This is due to the grouping of file capabilities to force the automatic installation of the wave browser. But what is it really for?
Its primary use is rendering HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), the universal markup language for web content. When you visit a website, the browser reads the HTML code to determine how to display the page.
How did the Wave Browser get to your PC?
Although at first sight the Wave Browser appears to be a real web browser that can be used in the same way as a regular browser, it turns out to be something quite different. You should know some of its features before using it.
Although it is Chromium-based and generally behaves as expected, users have complained that Wave Browser often causes unexpected page redirection and/or displays intrusive and annoying ads.
Usually, it is automatically installed on your PC through the file bundling process. This is why no one ever notices that they have it installed on their computers.
If this browser has been installed on your PC for longer, you may no longer have access to your PC and it may be able to make changes on its own. It can scare you and confuse you at the same time.
Is Wave browser safe or malicious?
Data collection is becoming commonplace in our technological age. When we download apps to our phones or other devices, they often request access to certain data or functions. As a rule, app users are informed of the specific data collected by the app. If consumers do not want apps to have access to their information, they can do so in their smartphone settings. However, it becomes a privacy issue when data is taken without users’ knowledge or consent.
Some anti-virus experts have deemed Wave Browser to be malicious (Potentially Unwanted Program). These potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are those that sneak onto users’ computers and remain there without their knowledge or consent. After being removed from a user’s system, they start making changes to it and expose it to hackers.
Should You Remove Wave Browser?
There can be two cases:
- The first case may be that you know it as a browser and you downloaded the browser from the official site.
- The second case is that it could have been installed on your computer without your knowledge if it was bundled with other applications. It’s definitely not acceptable, so you should probably delete it.
The Wave Browser installation files may have been tampered with if it was installed on your system together with other software. Here are some reasons why you should get rid of it immediately.
- It can display lots of advertisements, some of which can lead to malicious websites.
- There is a risk that clicking on these adverts will lead you to a bad website or download malware to your computer. This will open the door for hackers to invade your system.
- It has a bad reputation for secretly collecting information about its consumers. The fact that hackers can use it to sell your private data on the Dark Web raises serious concerns.
- It has the ability to modify the operating system and the registry.
How to remove Wave Browser from your PC?
Avoid any security issues by completely removing the Wave Browser from your computer. Due to Wave Browser’s status as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), uninstalling it can be difficult. Therefore, it is not enough to remove it using Control Panel or Windows 11/10 Settings. If you want to completely remove it from your computer, you need to perform a few more actions. Below, we have explained the whole procedure to you.
1. Uninstall Wave Browser
Here’s how to uninstall the Wave Browser app.
- Open your Windows 11/10 Settings.
- Head to Apps > Apps and features.
- Here you will see all the applications installed on your PC. Scroll down to find Wave Browser.
- Click the “Uninstall” button once you have selected it. When using Windows 11, choose “Uninstall” from the menu that appears after clicking the three dots next to the top right corner of the Wave Browser.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to remove the app from your PC.
2. Clear Processes
Now we need to clear the Wave Browser processes using Task Manager. You can either type its name in the search field or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open it. Then follow the steps below.
- Select “Processes” from the top pane of Task Manager.
- Look for any processes with names such as “Wavesor” or “Iexplorer.exe”, which could indicate that they are related to the Wave Browser.
- Tap on the process and click “End Task”.
- If the process does not complete, right-click on it and click “Open file location”.
- Then delete all folders in the file location.
This is how you can completely remove the Wave Browser from your PC. Hope you have some idea about Wave Browser and whether it is safe or not. If you find that the software is installed without your knowledge, you should definitely choose to remove it due to the above-mentioned reasons.