Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Websteroids virus removal instructions
Websteroids is a potentially unwanted application developed by Creative Island Media LLC. This browser add-on allows users to play the game 'Asteroids' whilst browsing the Internet. The application, however, installs without consent and causes various intrusive ads. Commonly, computer users install this plugin together with free software downloaded from the Internet. Developers of this browser extension use a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. After successful installation, Websteroids tracks users' Internet browsing activities by recording IP addresses, unique identifier numbers, operating systems, browsers, web page URLs visited, search queries entered, and other software information. Furthermore, this adware generates banner, in-text, and interstitial advertisements.
Having this plugin installed on your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) can result in high-risk malware infections and privacy issues. Internet users should be aware that, today, most software download websites use 'download clients' to monetize their free services. Download clients are small programs offering installation of advertised browser plugins, and thus, reckless freeware downloading can result in installation of Websteroids or other potentially unwanted applications. For these reasons, you are advised to remove this adware from your Internet browser/s.
Websteroids is similar to other adware, which infiltrate users' Internet browsers through free software downloads. Examples include Spy Alert, Search Donkey, and Spy Guard. The aforementioned browser plug-ins claim to enhance users' Internet browsing experience, however, rather than delivering any benefits, users are presented with intrusive ads. To avoid installation of such potentially unwanted applications, users should express caution when downloading and installing free software. When downloading freeware, inspect each download step and opt-out of installation of advertised browser extensions by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing downloaded programs, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick' - this will reveal any intended installation of bundled browser plug-ins. If you observe ads generated by Websteroids, use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this adware from your computer.
Websteroids virus removal:
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 "Websteroids", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling Websteroids, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Remove Websteroids from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Websteroids from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Websteroids" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with the removal of Websteroids, 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, and 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, and then click Reset.
Remove Websteroids from Google Chrome:
Click the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Websteroids", select it and click the trash can icon.
Remove Websteroids from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Websteroids".
If you have problems with removal of Websteroids, reset your 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 the "Reset Firefox" button.
Websteroids Virus 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 Websteroids Virus distribution:
To avoid installation of Websteroids Virus 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:
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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Websteroids Virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.