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How to Remove Websteroids Browser Extension from IE/Firefox/Chrome? (Websteroids Ads Removal Guide)

 

Last week, I downloaded Mumble, a voice chat program. I was playing World of Warcraft at the time, and needed to download Mumble on the fly, so I was insufficiently careful and downloaded an extension, Websteroids, at the same time. Websteroids highlights words in text documents which, when scrolled over, lead to advertisements. The claim of the Websteroids website is that it turns a webpage into a meteoroids game. It keeps reinstall itself. How do I remove it?

In this article, we will guide you to remove Websteroids from your computer and web browser once and for all. Read more.

 

 

What Is Websteroids?

 

Websteroids is a free ad-supported app developed by Creative Island Media, LLC which enables you to destroy a website by launching a meteoroids game on it. Once installed, it will add extensions, plugins or add-on to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

It is very annoying that Websteroids displays an icon for the so-called meteoroids game on every webpage you open. Since it is ad-supported, it will display advertisements on webpages you are visiting, and it may turn text into hyperlinks to show ads while installed. Additionally, Websteroids often install itself automatically along with other free downloads without users’ permission.  Therefore, it is ranked low in acceptance by most of computer users. It is also detected as adware or PUP by anti-malware programs.

Websteroids game icon

If you are annoyed by Websteroids and want to get rid of it, then follow the removal guide below. Should you have any question, please leave a reply at the end of the article.

 

 

How to Remove Websteroids and Stop Ads by Websteriods? (Removal Guide)

 

                                                                                                           

Outline of the removal guide:

Option 1 > Remove Websteroids and stop Websteroids ads manually

     Step 1 Uninstall Websteroids and related malicious programs

     Step 2 Remove Websteroids extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome

     Recommended—Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

Option 2 > Remove Websteroids and stop Websteroids ads with Cloud System Booster

Malware Prevention Tips

                                                                                                            
 

 

Option 1 > Remove Websteroids and stop Websteroids ads manually

 

Step 1 Uninstall Websteroids and related malicious programs

 

As mentioned above, Websteroids often infects computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should uninstall Websteroids and any suspicious and unexpected programs that installed recently. To prevent Websteroids from reinstall itself, you should make sure that a program named Updater that installed along with Websteroids be uninstalled.

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen.

Go to Charms bar Settings Control Panel Uninstall a program

Uninstall WebsteroidsUpdater and other unknown or unexpected programs.

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall Websteroids, Updater and any suspicious third-party application

Websteriods-uninstall 1

 

For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove Websteroids, Updater and any suspicious third-party application

 

 

Step 2 Remove Websteroids extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome

 

If you are still encountering Websteroids ads after removing Websteroids and relate malicious programs, you should go through the following guides to check your browser and remove Websteroids leftovers on your web browser.

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on Websteroids and any other suspicious extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

Websteriods on IE

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

To remove extensions and plugins: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Disable Websteroids

Websteriods on Firefox

Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins

 

For Google Chrome Users:

To remove extension: Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) > Tools > Extensions → locate Websteroids and any unwanted or unknown extension → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

Websteriods on Chrome

 

 

Recommended—Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

 

Please note that although Websteroids and related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Quick Care button.

Cloud System Booster-home

 

3. Click on Clear button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-scan

 

 

Option 2 > Remove Websteroids and stop Websteroids ads with Cloud System Booster

 

To remove Websteroids and stop Websteroids ads automatically, you only need to download and install Cloud System Booster, a system cleaner and optimizer.

 

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

1. Uninstall Websteroids with Anvi Uninstaller

 

Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.

 

Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → scroll down the Recently Installed list and locate any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove

Websteriods-uninstall

 

Please note that the Prefect Scan feature is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

 

2. Remove Websteroids browser extension and plugins

 

Slim Toolbar featured in Cloud System Booster enables you to manage toolbars and extentions on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome simultaneously.

 

Click on the up arrow on the Home tab of Cloud System Booster to go to Slim Toolbar, then remove all the suspicious extensions and plugins.

CSB 3.0-Slim Toolbar

 

When you are not on the Home tab, you can find Toolbar Manager on the right side.

Cloud System Booster-toolbar manager

Websteriods extension remove

 

 

3. Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

 

Please note that there would be some leftovers in your computer after uninstall programs especially those malware. You’d better clean up your system with a system cleaner and optimizer and that’s what Cloud System Booster developed for.

 

Switch to Home tab → click Quick Care button → click Clear button after scan finished

Cloud System Booster-scan

 

Now, your computer should have been free from the infection of Websteroids. If you have encountered any problem in the removing process, please leave a reply and we will help you fix your problem as soon as possible.

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips                     

 

1. Keep an eye on what you are agree to install and do not just click on Next blindly.

As mentioned above, Websteroids sneaks into your computer by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.

 

2. Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.

 

3. Keep a professional antivirus or antimalware program on and perform system scan regularly.

Adware like Websteroids may lead you to malicious websites and your computer may be exposed to other horrible computer infections, so we strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Anvi Smart Defender-1

 

There is an Anvi Ad Blocker integrated in Anvi Smart Defender, which can block malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites that cannot be distinguished and detected by the browser itself. If you are pro version user of Anvi Smart Defender, it is free to use for you. Also, you can download its trial version to create you a clean and secure online environment.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)

 

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  • Davis

    I think this adware has disabled my add/remove programs utility. It will not populate. I had this and visual bee somehow take over.

    • Ivy_Anvisoft

      Hi Davis,

      If the software prevent you to uninstall it, please firstly stop the process in the task manager.

      To do that, please right-click the taskbar, and then clicking Start Task Manager or press Ctrl+Shift+Esc directly to open task manager.

  • http://www.teenaintoronto.com/ Teena in Toronto

    I downloaded something yesterday for a course that was supposed to be trustworthy but I ended up with Westeroid :(

    I’ve tried deleting/uninstalling it but it just ignores me. I remove/disable the add-on (I use FireFox) but it just comes back the next time I restart the browser.

    It’s very annoying that I can’t get rid of it!!

    • Andrew_Anvisoft

      Hi Teena,

      It seems you have problem in uninstalling Websteroids? If so, you may try the following solution.

      Go to C:ProgramDataWebsteroids. There should be a Uninstall.exe file. Please double click on it, then Websteroids will be uninstalled and the Websteroids extension on Firefox will be deleted at the same time.

      If the extension is still there, you may want to reset firefox. Go to this article for tutorials: http://www.dotfab.com/resources/how-to-reset-ieffchrome-to-default-settings/

      • http://www.teenaintoronto.com/ Teena in Toronto

        Thanks for your advice :)

        I went to C:ProgramDataWebsteroids and double clicked on the uninstall.exe file. I saved and ran it … but nothing happened :( I restarted my laptop but that doesn’t make a different either. It’s still there when I go to Control Panel–>Uninstall programs.

        I reset FireFox as you suggested. It disappeared as an add-on … but then keeps coming back.

        Very frustrating :(

        • Andrew_Anvisoft

          Teena, you may try deleting the whole Websteroids folder. Then go to Control Panel > Uninstall programs and uninstall Websteroids, you may get an error message says it may have already been uninstalled. Hope this will work for you.

          If it still won’t work, I need you to check if there has any application or extension developed by Conduit on your laptop and web browser. Close all your web browsers and run a full scan with Anvi Smart Defender to kill all the malicious files.

          BTW, have you received any error message or notification when trying to uninstall Websteroids before? Which windows system do you have?

          • http://www.teenaintoronto.com/ Teena in Toronto

            It seems to be gone! Yippee! Thanks!!

          • Andrew_Anvisoft

            Glad to hear that!

          • http://www.teenaintoronto.com/ Teena in Toronto

            It’s back :(

            And I can’t find it on my hard drive.

            So I need deleting it as an “Add-on” and it keeps coming back :(

          • Andrew_Anvisoft

            Did you install any application recently? It may be installed under other name. Please look through the program list and uninstall any unwanted or unknown program. Then remove browser extensions with the Slim Toolbar feature in Cloud System Booster or reset Firefox.

            Please be careful when you are downloading or install any program in case any unexpected app installed without your knowledge.

  • hannah

    I uninstalled WebConnect from my computer (or so I thought), but when I opened Chrome again, it was still going. It’s not showing up in my extensions or on task manager. What should I do?

    • Ivy_Anvisoft

      Hi,

      Some malicious files related to web connect may run in background, please run a full scan with your antivirus program to eliminate the possible malicious files.