Websteroids Virus

Also Known As: Websteroids Ads
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Websteroids virus removal instructions

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.

Websteroids virus

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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Quick menu:

Websteroids virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Websteroids uninstall from Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Websteroids from Interent 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 "Websteroids" and disable it.

Removing Websteroids from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Websteroids from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Removing Websteroids from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the websteroids ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Websteroids 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 remove "Websteroids".

Removing Websteroids from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the websteroids ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove websteroids ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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wow, this was amazingly quick to remove. thanks for this

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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