What is Web Guard?

Web Guard is a free application that allows you to view insightful analysis about the websites that you visit and specifically how they're tracking you online.

How does it work?

After you install Web Guard, follow these steps:

  1. Bookmark the Web Guard "App Page" here: http://www.thewebguard.com/app.html
  2. Use the internet as you normally would.
  3. Visit the "App Page", and you'll find a report that shows you what websites or services are tracking you!

Web Guard cannot determine exactly who is tracking your computer usage. Instead, Web Guard allows a user to see which websites have placed tracking code onto their computer. As a result, Web Guard provides the user the freedom to decide which 'trackers' they would like to block or allow. The purpose of Web Guard is to provide users with visibility into the various entities that are tracking pieces of information about them, including user browsing habits, and gives users some power to control this experience.

What browsers do you support?

Internet Explorer 8+, and the latest few versions of FireFox and Google Chrome. We currently only support Microsoft Windows operating system (check back in the future for Mac support!)

Where can I get install instructions for my browser?

You can get a quick, simple set of instructions for installing Web Guard using your current browser via our Install Steps page.

Is Web Guard safe to use?

Yes, Web Guard is safe to use and was built with security and privacy as a primary concern.

Is Web Guard free?

Yes, Web Guard is entirely free to use. In order to keep Web Guard free, we've partnered with high-quality ad providers and you may see additional ads when Web Guard is installed. We do not allow any really annoying ads, sexual content, or intrusive media; we've only partnered with high-quality ad providers to deliver the best user experience possible, while also trying to help with some of our costs to keep Web Guard free. If you find any ads annoying, please let us know.

What exactly gets installed on my computer?

All of the files for Web Guard are installed in the standard program files location - there is no funny business or extra files added. Included in those files is an un-installer that is also registered to appear in your computer's 'Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs' section. There are also a few registry settings added to your Windows Registry that are required for the normal operation of your app, but there is nothing strange or out of the ordinary here, either.

What are additional offers?

In some cases, we may display product offers during your installation process. Of course, you will have the ability to accept or pass on these offers. We try our very best to make sure any product offering follows best practices and actually provides something of value to you.

These offers are typically widgets that provide new ways to access your favorite websites, social networking platforms or news sources. They may also be general utility widgets for getting real-time weather data or streaming your radio station of choice. At any point, if you decide to uninstall Web Guard, instructions for how to uninstall any additional offers will also be provided.

If I don't like it, is it easy to uninstall?

Yes, we strive to make uninstalling Web Guard as easy as possible (we hate annoying un-installers as much as you do). If you don't like Web Guard (but we're sure you will!), you can uninstall with no trace left behind. In order to do this, please follow these steps:

  • Windows Control Panel: Click Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs > Web Guard

What happens if I have a problem uninstalling?

We strive to make uninstalling Web Guard as simple as possible. Sometimes third party programs, such as security or uninstall utilities will prevent this from happening. This may cause error messages or prevent the uninstaller from opening. The easiest solution is to temporarily disable this software or use Windows Safe Mode to allow the uninstall process to complete.

If you still have issues, please let us know. The more details you can provide, the better we’ll be able to assist you. This would include specific error messages and any steps you have already tried out.

Sounds Awesome! But, I have some more questions!

We'd love to help. For questions, comments or support, we provide the following options:

Email: support@thewebguard.com

Physical Mail Address:

P.O. Box 819

Eagle Hall, St. Michael, BB12000, Barbados