What is Websteroids indeed and how to remove it? I keep getting popping ups on my browser. It affects my Internet Explorer and my Mozilla as well. I scan my whole computer and no threats are detected. But I know it is there because I see it show up when I am online with my browser. How can I get rid of the popup and get back my pure surfing environment?

Learn More about Websteroids Popup

Websteroids popup is a popping up page which is designed to advertise various websites. It makes money from affiliate links. The popping up message often begins to show up on the infected computer after some free software is installed. It is always bundled to those unsafe programs to get it spread. Some adware which are often free of charge are responsible for this popup as they will be installed at the same time without computer users noticing that. Once the popup gets inside, the message will begin to occur on every browsing session. The Websteroids popup can make some sponsored words highlighted and very much like a clickable links. If you click on them they will redirect immediately as they always contain sponsored links.

The main aim of the Websteroids popup is to increase traffic of its sponsored web pages and improve their site ranking in search results. They will get illegal profits in that way and get more and more widely spread. This popup is known to come bundled to some browser hijackers, free adware and click download. Most of the times, net users do nor even notice them at the stage of infiltration and later consider that it is a consequence of a virus. However, it has nothing to do with viruses. Websteroids popup is possible to be avoided if you pay more attention to your downloads from the Internet. Always follow the installation steps and never agree to install any unknown applications.

Voice from Victims Who Ever Had This Popup Issue

Many people may regard this redirection or browser modification as a tiny thing because apparently it doesn’t damage the system too much, it is just an annoying program. But if a hijacker is installed your computer, it can bring Trojan, Backdoor and other malware inside your PC without your knowledge. In that case, it could record all web pages you visit and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection. Considering that Websteroids hijacker puts your personal information at risk so it should be deleted immediately once upon detection.

The Websteroids Popup will give you a drop down message when you are surfing online. It always shows up on any pages and it seems it makes many words able to be click on.  I think it’s trying to persuade me to click on some links. And I was mislead by it and redirected to some other unwanted sites immediately. I just don’t want to be mislead by it again and get rid of this as soon as possible.

Ah, I thought I was a senior computer user. But the fact that I failed removing this browser hijacker I felt I was a loser. It annoyed me by sending me too many new tabs. Sometimes they were its own page and sometimes are some different. I don’t have a clear idea on how it hacked my computer since I have a perfect antivirus.

For the sake of computer safety and privacy security, remove the Websteroids popup with no hesitation. Contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for assistance if you are not computer savvy and have no idea on how to remove this hijacker:

Typical Symptoms of Browser Hijacker Infection

  1. Unexpected popping ups appear when you are searching online;
  2. New and strange bookmarks occur in your bookmark list;
  3. Some unfamiliar programs show up in program list from programs and features;
  4. Unfamiliar programs are listed in start menu after you expand all programs;
  5. The computer will not perform correctly when you try to open a new tab or visit a regular web site;
  6. Random stuck will happen to some normal programs which usually work perfectly before.

Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Instructions

Since the advanced anti-virus software can’t take effectively to get rid of the browser hijacker, then manual removal will be highly required. Generally speaking, manual removal is a complicated and difficult process which requires enough computer skills. To make it easier, basic manual removal steps have been given in the following to help one get rid of the browser hijacker. ( Be cautious when dealing with different system files and entries of the redirect.)

Step 1: Open Windows Task Manager to end process related to the Websteroids popup. We will need to put end to the running of the redirect first. To do that, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time to pull up Window Task Manager; go to Processes tab on top and scroll down the list to find odd processes. Names of the processes can be different each time:

windows task manager
Step 2: Open Program List, Find doubtful programs or tool-bars which may come from the browser hijacker. Right click on it and select uninstall.

programs and features

Step 3: Open Control Panel from Start menu and search for Folder Options. Go to Folder Options window, under View tab, tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK:

folder options
After that we need to check in program files to see if the Websteroids popup leaves any files on the machine.
Step 4: Press Windows+R keys together to pull up Run box and type in regedit to open Registry Editor. Delete registry values associating with this redirect. The registry files are listed randomly. Besides, you need to delete the infection files of the redirect virus from your system files to prevent it from coming back. Those files are named randomly also but may be different on different operating systems.

Run box

Go to Registry Editor to delete the path of the related items with the Websteroids popup to stop it from coming back.

Registry Editor

Step 5: Reset the Browser once to get rid of any left setting set by the redirect. Change home page(s) on browsers back from the browser hijacker and other unknown random URLs: Here take Internet Explorer as example.

To reset the browser, you need to click on the gear icon at right top corner of the browser page. Then you will get Internet Options window and move to Advanced tab.

Internet Options

And to set the homepage back from Websteroids popup please open general tab under Internet Options.

homepage set

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Conclusion of Websteroids Popup

Websteroids pop up is a well-designed script which can be recognized to the field of browser hijackers by its symptoms of influence on the target computer. It will not be detected by any antivirus software because it is not a virus on accurate level. It is a script created by some hackers to track the activities on the target computer and collect useful account information on the infected machine. They will analyze on the info and get some sensitive data then steal your account details or use them to do some illegal things. For example you will get more and more spam mails as it reveals your email details on the internet. It may use some program it creates to send emails in your name automatically and secretly to your contacts. Those mails mainly contain unsafe items and your contacts can be indirect victims of the popup too. To get rid of this pop up completely is to save your own privacy.

Note: Certain levels of PC skills will be needed during the manual removal process of this hijacker. Please contact YooSecurity Online Experts now to get further help if you have tried but failed time after time.

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on December 17, 2013 9:41 am

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