Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Wajam removal instructions
Wajam is a social search engine - it's a browser add-on which enhances Internet users search experience by showing additional search results which are related to what their friends have shared on FaceBook, Twitter or Google+. It's a useful and popular browser plug-in, however some computer users report that they are seeing ads by Wajam and they haven't installed this plug-in by themselves. Notice that Wajam is not related to malware or virus infections, it's a legitimate browser add-on. Situations when this plug-in was installed on user's computer without their consent could be related to several different accidents - this browser add-on may have come bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet or someone else using user's computer could have installed it.
Either way Wajam's plug-in installation wasn't caused by any malicious software etc. To avoid installation of unwanted browser add-ons computer users should be cautious when installing free software or free browser plug-ins. Developers of free software are commonly bundling their programs and extensions which additional browser add-ons to monetize their freeware downloads. Every time you install free software downloaded from the Internet you should closely inspect every installation step for clues of changing your Internet browsers homepage, default search engine or installation of additional browser add-ons.
Wajam is similar to other potentially unwanted applications which infiltrate user's Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox) using a deceptive software marketing method called bundling. For example Surf and Keep, Kozaka and many other. To avoid installation of such browser plugins Internet users should be very attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by some download client be sure to opt-put installation of any advertised (bundled) browser extensions by clicking on a decline button. This browser add-on integrates it's social search features while computer users use Google, Amazon, Ebay etc. Wajam browser add-on is not a virus or malware - if you have installed it yourself you don't need to follow any removal steps provided in this article, however if you feel that this browser extension was installed on your computer without your consent and you want to eliminate it, you can use the provided removal guide.
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window look for "Wajam", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Wajam scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Wajam ads removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Wajam from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Wajam" and disable this entry.
If you continue having problems with removal of Wajam you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Wajam from Google Chrome:
Click on a wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Wajam" select this entry and click on a trash can icon.
If Wajam extension is greyed out and you can't remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed of disabled") please follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?
Remove Wajam from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Wajam".
If you are having problems with the removal of Wajam you can reset you Mozilla Firefox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top left corner of the main window click "Firefox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.