Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Websteroids?
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.
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- What is Websteroids?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Websteroids application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Websteroids add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Websteroids plugin from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Websteroids extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Websteroids extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Websteroids virus removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
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 malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Websteroids" and disable it.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the websteroids ads, 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 the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Websteroids", select it and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the websteroids ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Websteroids".
Computer users who have problems with websteroids ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the websteroids ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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