Wajam Ads

Also Known As: Wajam Virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium
Distribution: High
Damage Level

Wajam removal instructions

What is Wajam?

Wajam is a social search engine, a browser add-on, which enhances Internet users' search experience by displaying additional search results related to information their friends share on FaceBook, Twitter, or Google+. This is a useful and popular browser plug-in, however, some computer users report that they observe ads by Wajam, and that they did not willingly install this plug-in. Note that Wajam is not related to malware or virus infections and is a legitimate browser add-on. This plug-in may inadvertently be installed without consent on users' systems when 'bundled' with free software downloaded from the Internet. Nevertheless, Wajam plug-in installation is not caused by malicious software.

To avoid installation of unwanted browser add-ons, computer users should express caution when installing free software or free browser plug-ins. Developers of free software commonly bundle their programs and extensions with additional browser add-ons in order to monetize their freeware downloads. Each time you install free software downloaded from the Internet, closely inspect each installation step for any clues that your Internet browser homepage and default search engine settings may be changed, or that additional browser add-ons will be installed.

Wajam ads

Wajam is similar to other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) using the deceptive software marketing method, bundling. Examples include Surf and Keep, Kozaka, amongst many others. To avoid installation of these browser plugins, Internet users should be attentive when downloading free software. If your download is managed by a 'download client', opt-out of installation of any advertised (bundled) browser extensions by clicking on the 'decline' button. This browser add-on integrates its social search features while computer users use Google, Amazon, eBay etc.

The Wajam browser add-on is not a virus or malware, thus if you have installed it willingly, you need take no further action. If, however, this browser extension was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate it.

Deceptive free software installers used in Wajam adware distribution:

wajam adware installer sample 3

wajam adware installer sample 2

Wajam adware installer

Quick menu:

Wajam adware removal:

Windows 7 users:


Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".

Windows XP users:


Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

Wajam uninstall from Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Wajam", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling Wajam, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

Remover for Wajam adware

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Remove Wajam adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove Wajam ads from Internet Explorer:

Removing Wajam ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Wajam" and disable this entry.

Removing Wajam ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of Wajam, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click the "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 the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.

Google Chrome logoRemove Wajam ads from Google Chrome:

Removing Wajam ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Wajam", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing Wajam ads from Google Chrome step 2

If the Wajam extension is greyed-out and you cannot remove it ("This extension is managed and cannot be removed or disabled"), follow this removal guide - how to remove a managed Google Chrome extension?

Optional method:

If you continue having problems with the removal of browser hijacker you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu iconGoogle Chrome options icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Wajam ads from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Wajam ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "Wajam".

Removing Wajam ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

If you have problems with the removal of Wajam, reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menufirefox menu iconin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" iconfirefox help menu then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" button.


Wajam Ads is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.

Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Wajam Ads distribution:

Free software download clients used in adware distribution

To avoid installation of Wajam Ads be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Wajam Ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on Wajam Ads or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.


#12 horst strecker 2013-08-18 18:52
I must be lucky,AVG detected it 2 times,got rid of it.....
#11 George 2013-04-07 09:25
Alain - your software is pure and utter s*** and foistware of the first order. ANY company associating themselves with WAJAM should go bust.
#10 slamer 2013-03-30 16:36
I was also targeted by this junk without ever agreeing to have it installed.
#9 newmediacon 2013-03-27 07:12
Alain you're obviously a puppet at Wajam, or should I say a muppet. The way your software instils itself onto peoples computers is disgraceful, you should be ashamed to be associated with this piece of malware
#8 jwinter 2013-02-04 23:19
What Alain says is partially true. It *does* ask for permission, but ONLY FOR ABOUT 10 SECONDS! If you don't notice and its timer counts down to zero then it goes ahead and installs itself!

I did notice in time and stopped it, but it had still installed to IE (which I never use) and it attempted to install a service which autostarts and runs in the background. Fortunately I had a little program called Scotty which caught and prevented it!

This is a real nasty virus because it is undetected by McAfee, Norton, etc!
#7 Robert 2013-01-24 04:53
Malware. Pure and simple.
#6 Hamish 2013-01-23 03:05
This evil program IS malware, spyware and foistware. A program which installs itself without your consent then gives out your private data is nothing better than a Trojan. As such its makers should be prosecuted for unlawful interference with computers. It does NOT ask for consent, the above post is lying as anyone infected with this dreadful product will testify. If they can't sell thie useless junk they should not illegally put it onto computers by stealth.
#5 Doc 2013-01-12 05:27
This really sux. I keep deleting Wajam and it keeps coming back. I'm no Einstein & don't know the in's and out's of screwing with the registry, ect. My comp. might pull a Star Trek and explode if I start screwing w/ that.
Guess I'm just stuck w/ it.
#4 A. Nonym, Ou.S. 2013-01-02 20:22
Oh...so this garbage is fairly new is it? With bullshit like this right out of the gate we'll see how far they go. I'm guessing not far.
#3 Victim 2012-12-30 19:47
Bullllll Shit This crap installed without my premision and is hard to get rid of
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