Wajam - How to remove?

 

 

Wajam is a browser extension that is considered to be a potentially unwanted program because of its relations with redirections and other unwanted activities on your browser. The application is presented as a social search engine and it is possible to download it at its official website – wajam.com. However, lately it was noticed that Wajam is installed to computers without even asking for users’ permission, usually together with other software that users are downloading by themselves from the Internet. It comes bundled to free music or video players, PDF creators, download managers and similar applications. Some of the programs that are known to include Wajam are 1ClickDownload, FBPhotoZoom, Superfish and Yontoo. IF you have recently installed any of them to your computer, it is not surprising you also see Wajam virus.

The program is presented as a social search engine, which will allow you to see recommendations from your friends, by using social networks, like Facebook or Twitter. It is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. Despite it says it can make your searches social, in fact it is not as reliable and safe as it tries to show. The truth is Wajam uses information provided on your Facebook or Twitter in order to give you personal results from friends based on what you search. The program can also collect data about your browsing activities, it may use cookies, pixels and/or other means to collect your ID address, URLs of the pages you visit and other information, as well as involve you into various advertising related campaigns. Although Wajam claims you can also opt out this third party advertising and remove or disable this browser add-on at any time, it can actually be quite tricky to do that. While it runs on your system, you may receive various ads, experience redirection to unknown and possible malicious websites or even be infected with malicious programs.

You should also know that Wajam doesn’t work as a proper search engine. It causes tons of redirects to malicious websites, modifies your browser settings, which means it can also change your homepage and default search provider to suspicious search pages, which will include sponsored websites in your search results, trying to creating traffic to particular pages. This is not a fair activity. As you see, Wajam is an annoying application that will only interfere into your work on the Internet.

As this type of browser extensions come along other applications, you can avoid installing them to your browsers. A lot of computer users don’t pay much attention to the installation process of their new downloads. They choose Basic installation (it is often listed as recommended one), as it is takes less time and seems to be less confusing. However, you should always go for Custom or Advanced installation. This way, you will be able to see all additional programs that come along the main software and you will be able to refuse adding them. Usually you will have to deselect several checkmarks next to options to add unknown programs, like Wajam. Some of the downloads may offer changing your homepage or search provider too. Do not accept it either, unless you are sure about the reliability of suggested websites.

We highly recommend removing Wajam from your computer once you detected its existence on any of your browsers. at first, Go to Control Panel -> Add and Remove programs list and uninstall it from there. You should also check browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome and remove it from there. If you do not see Wajam listed, you should use antimalware tools like Spyhunter and scan your computer with it. If you had redirecting issues, you might need to reset your home page and search engine to the one you used before:


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Special Wajam removal instructions

How to remove Wajam using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Wajam install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.

  1. Start->Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key->Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
     
  2. Choose Uninstall Program;
     
  3. Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Wajam and related parasites like Social Search Toolbar , Do We Risk Using Social Networks? , Stekct , Social engineering and AutoRun – exploits we should worry about , Koobface , Piv3: for those who are worried about being tracked by social networks , New scam on Facebook – Tom Hortons and Starbucks coffee gift cards , LinkedIn has been hacked. Did you change your password? , FTC censures Facebook , A Study: Worldwide Children Preferences for the Websites .
     
  4. Click uninstall button.
     
  5. In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter, Malwarebytes and Stopzilla to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
     

This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.

Removing Wajam from your browsers

  Top Remove shortcut hijack (all browsers) (optional): If your browser opens Wajam page on startup only, try this:

  1. Right click on your browser icon. Choose Properties;
     
  2. Open Short cut tab;
     
  3. Delete Wajam part from target field.

  Top How To remove Wajam from Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools->Extensions
     
  2. Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
     
  3. Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
     
  4. Select Manage Search engines  
  5. Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
     
  6. Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  7. If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
     
  8. Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
  9. Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and select Setting and click on Manage search engines.
     
  10. Remove malicious search websites in a new Search engines window.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Wajam, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
     
  2. Scroll to the end of the page and click on the Reset browser settings button.
  3. Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top How To remove Wajam from Firefox:

  1. Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
     
  2. Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Wajam related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
     
  3. Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
     
  4. Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
     
  5. Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  6. Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  7. Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  8. If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
     
  9. If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options-> General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
     

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Wajam, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
     
  2. Choose TroubleshootingInformation on the Help menu.
     
  3. Click on the Reset Firefox button.
     
  4. Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
     

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Wajam virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  1. Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  2. Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  3. Remove the Wajam from the list.

How to remove Wajam from IE 11:

  1. Click on the Settings icon (top right)->Manage Addons.
     
  2. Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Wajam and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
     
  3. Select Search Providers.
     
  4. If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
     
  5. Close the Options.
  6. If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
     

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Wajam, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Press on the Gear icon->Internet Options.
     
  2. Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.
     
  3. Select Delete personal settingscheckbox and click on the Reset button.
     
  4. Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
     

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top How to remove Wajam from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  1. Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
     
  2. Select Extensions and uninstall Wajam and other suspicious extensions.
     
  3. If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
     

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Wajam, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  1. Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
     
  2. Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Please note, it is very important to scan your computer with a reliable antimalware program after Wajam is removed as it might be your system got infected with viruses while having it.

 

 

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July 3rd, 2015 22:06, July 3rd, 2015 22:06
   
 
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2 thoughts on “Wajam

  1. Paul Wilson
     

    A sudden upgrade of my system included Wajam and it immediately began to make mischief. At once I went to ” control panel” and, locating the wajam tumor, excised it with UNINSTALL. Now, are there any other programs that I should search for, since a few others got into my computer, judging by Control Panel’s date listing ? I aborted the installation when wajam seemed to have trouble finishing in its installation.

    I have a few problems with adware and odd jumps.

     
    1. Giedrius Majauskas (admin)
       
       
      Post author

      Paul: There are multiple types of programs that could be distributed with Wajam. Too many to list. Best way is to scan with couple anti-malware and anti-adware programs to make sure everything is clean.

       

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