Web Timer balances on the line between being a legitimate application and a potential computer security threat. Our research team says that it started out as a decent program, but now it implements commercial advertisements that may contain potentially unreliable content. That is why it is strongly recommended that you remove Web Timer from your computer, especially if the program was installed accidentally. The application is a mere Chrome extension so it should not be hard to terminate it. If you find it complicated to delete the program on your own, you should consider investing in a legitimate antispyware tool.
Although the program has an official homepage, there is something confusing about it. When you open webtimer.net, it says that the application supports the Chrome, Opera, and Firefox browsers. However, clicking the Install button automatically redirects you to the Chrome Web Store, disregarding which browser you are currently using. Obviously, the Chrome Web Store works only for the Chrome browser, so it is rather peculiar as to why the website says the application works on two more browsers. Not to mention, there are users who find this program on their computers even though they do not remember accessing the original homepage.
This is not surprising because we know that adware applications employ more than just one distribution method. Web Timer could also be included in software bundles that can be easily downloaded from file-sharing websites. It is very likely that users, who download freeware from third-party sources, do not know that such programs often come with additional apps no one needs or wants. On top of that, it should be possible to deselect the unwanted program during the installation process, but users seldom stop to read all the steps in the installation wizard. So, it is only natural that Web Timer and other similar apps manage to get installed on target systems.
The official website claims that Web Timer “is a simple and intuitive extension that lets you keep track of how you’re spending your time on the web.” If you check the app’s page in the Chrome Web Store, you will see an example of the extension’s interface. It presents you with a pie diagram that shows how much time you have spent on a particular website “Today.” Perhaps it sounds like a pretty good tool, especially if you want to find out which sites you frequent most often, but we have to consider all the aspects of this extension, and there is something about it that does not allow us to let our guard down.
For example, a few lines from the program’s terms say that the application can “read and change all your data on the websites you visit.” Also, the application is “free to use and supported by various monetization mechanisms, including not limited to search, banner, video, image, inline text, and transitional advertising.” This means that with Web Timer, you will be subjected to a big amount of commercial advertisements, and their prevalence may overshadow the application’s original function.
What’s more, Web Timer cannot and does not check whether the content in the commercial ads is safe, so by clicking the third-party ads, you automatically expose yourself to potential security threats. Please take your computer’s safety seriously. The sooner you remove Web Timer from your PC, the better. To ensure that your system and your personal information are protected from harm, please acquire a powerful antispyware tool.