Do you know what 3spiral Wave is?
If you find 3spiral Wave in your Google Chrome browser, it is possible that you were installing a free program that made you install it, but it is also possible that you did not even realize that this extension is part of a bundle of questionable programs. Of course, we must also mention that you can also knowingly install it through official channels. Since this tool may exhibit questionable traits, our researchers have classified it as a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, even if the extension itself may not seem to be a threat at all. Before you make up your mind whether you want to remove 3spiral Wave or not, let us tell you what we have found out about this application while testing it in our internal lab.
This extension is also available at the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/3spiral-wave-tab-new-tab/ilcfbbdpbjdjnkanagkbdbmcblhfmkmg. Here you can see that over 100,000 computer users have installed this tool so far, which is pretty impressive. However, we do not believe that these are the only ways for this PUP to end up on your computer. In fact, we are sure that there are questionable channels also at play here. For example, it is possible that you want install a free program and as a first step, you are offered to install this PUP. Many inexperienced users may think that it is part of the installation process and they agree to it. This is a rather aggressive way to promote a program in our view.3spiral Wave screenshot
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Another possibility is that you download a free software bundle under questionable circumstances and this PUP is also part of this package. This can happen when you download software or cracks from shady file-sharing websites, such as freeware and torrent pages, or when you click on suspicious third-party advertisements while browsing the web. You should generally stay away from websites that host an annoying number of flashy banner and pop-up ads because it never ends well if you click on one even accidentally. In any case, we recommend that you find a trustworthy malware scanner and check your system for potential threats whether you decide to delete 3spiral Wave or not.
This browser extension only affects your Google Chrome browser. It provides you with an animated background; in this case, it is colorful spirals. But this is only one of the features. This PUP also provides you with a Google search box, thumbnail links to popular websites (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, and Amazon), and local weather forecast information at the bottom of the page. While these features seem to work just fine and nothing malicious or questionable can be mentioned with regard to them, we still do not advise you to use this PUP. As a matter of fact, this extension may gather data about you to be able to provide you with tailored content. Similarly to its official page, this PUP also does not share any legal documents, which raises the red flag for any security-minded user. What if the collected data could be shared with third parties, of whom not all are reliable? This extension may collect your e-mail address, for example, which could be used for targeted marketing. All in all, we do not recommend that you keep this tool. In fact, we advise you to remove 3spiral Wave.
Finally, it is time to make up your mind because here we are with the solution. In order to eliminate this PUP, you need to simply remove the extension from your Google Chrome browser. If you need help with that, please use our guide below as a reference. Hopefully, you have realized how easy it is to infect your system with potential and even malicious threats. You can try to prevent such infections from slithering onto your computer by being more cautious and avoiding suspicious websites and third-party ads. However, it is even more effective if you employ a professional anti-malware program (e.g., SpyHunter) that can defend your PC automatically from all kinds of cyber attacks.
3spiral Wave removal from browser
- Open the menu by tapping Alt+F simultaneously.
- Select Settings.
- On the left, choose Extensions.
- Find the “3spiral Wave Tab – New Tab” extension and click on the trash can icon.
- Click Remove to confirm your decision.
In non-techie terms:
3spiral Wave is a new questionable browser extension that only works in Google Chrome. Our researchers have listed this tool in the least harmful category as a potentially unwanted program. Even though this tool may be all fine and work as promised, it may collect and share information about you and it may also sneak onto your system along with malware infections. So when you have this application in your browser, you may find that the number of third-party ads increases or you may experience other types of exposure to potentially unsafe third-party contents. Therefore, we suggest that you remove 3spiral Wave and all other related malware threats as well. If you would prefer to use an efficient automated tool to protect your PC, you should install an up-to-date malware removal program.