Remove Websteroids ads (Virus Removal Guide)

If you are seeing advertisements from Websteroids within Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome, then your computer is infected with an adware or a potentially unwanted program.
[Image: Websteroids ads]

[Image: Websteroids virus]
The Websteroids infection is designed specifically to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.
Websteroids it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

Websteroids is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation.
Websteroids is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program. When you install these free programs, they will also install Websteroids as well. Some of the programs that are known to bundle Websteroids include 1ClickDownload, Superfish, Yontoo and FBPhotoZoom. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all that most of them assume that Websteroids is a virus.

Once installed, the Websteroids browser extension will highlight words on the websites that you are visiting transforming them into hyperlinks. These Websteroids links are placed inside your text (hence the name), and they come with a double underline to differentiate them from normal links. Once the user rolls the mouse over the link the advertising will pop. Should the user click on the Websteroids links the browser extension developer will get an affiliate revenue.
Websteroids will also display advertising banners on the webpages that you are visiting, and as you browse Internet, it will show coupons and other deals available on different websites.

These Websteroids ads will be shown as boxes containing various coupons that are available or as underlined keywords, which when clicked will display an advertisement that states it is brought to you by Websteroids.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Websteroids adware. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove Websteroids pop-up ads (Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Websteroids from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall Websteroids program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove Websteroids pop-up ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
STEP 3: Remove Websteroids adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove Websteroids ads with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 5: Remove Websteroids virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 6: Double-check for the Websteroids infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall Websteroids program from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the Websteroids program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Websteroids by Creative Island Media and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Websteroids malicious program from Windows]

In some cases this malicious program will not uninstall, if you are having issues while trying to remove the Websteroids program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.


STEP 2 : Remove Websteroids pop-up ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome

Remove Websteroids extension from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings  to remove Websteroids virus
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove Websteroids extensions from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings  to remove Websteroids virus
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove “Ads by Websteroids” from Google Chrome

  1. To remove the Websteroids extensions from this web browser, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
  2. In the Extensions tab, remove Websteroids and any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can [Image: Remove an extension from Chrome] icon.
    Basically, if you have not installed an extension, you should remove it from your web browser.
    [Image: Websteroids Chrome extensions]

STEP 3: Remove Websteroids adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for Websteroids malicious files and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for Websteroids malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the Websteroids malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

STEP 4: Remove Websteroids ads with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove Websteroids virus from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the Websteroids.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for Websteroids virus]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 5: Remove Websteroids virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform full scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the Websteroids malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware full Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Websteroids as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Websteroids virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing Websteroids]

STEP 6: Double-check for the Websteroids infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.).

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Websteroids malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for Websteroids virus
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the Next button, to remove Websteroids adware.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click on the Activate free license button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro 30 days activation button]

Your computer should now be free of the Websteroids infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Websteroids from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • bob234

    it seems to have gone and revo doesnt pick it up but it still appears in processes even after ending process.

  • the suave one

    nevermind! Looks like Revo finally got it! Thank you! Will finish your instructions and hopefully that will be the end of the endless spamming of my friends, family and colleagues! THANK YOU!!!

  • the suave one

    Help! It’s hiding out under FileParade bundle uninstaller on my computer and both my kapernsky and the Revo Uninstaller keep skipping over it! I have tried uninstalling it but this is pretty sticky–and pretty sure it’s been sending out tons of emails to everyone in my address book over the past three weeks. Would love some relief. Any idea why my K said it found it and then user aborted neutralization or why the Revo skipped over it?

  • melahoney

    So thankful! So easy to follow your steps unlike other sites I tried.

  • Peter

    thank you, seems to be better.
    I am not sure if it is all cleaned because I couldn’t manage to do the step 5. It just won’t download…

  • RDub

    Stelian,

    I was unable to uninstall Websteroids until I read your helpful article. I tried to use information from another site to remove this annoying adware without success. Your instructions were thorough, easy to follow and totally effective.

    Many thanks!

  • Ada F

    err, get *a* high five.

  • Ada F

    Very, very helpful article. You, sir, get high five. Revo Uninstaller worked a treat.

  • Si Barron

    Thanks Dude

  • Cassie

    Thank you for this helpful article. It helped me get RID OF Websteroids!!!! Nasty program!

  • Joe

    Yeah worked great. Followed it through step by step and it removed everything from my system

  • Maliha

    I have been suffering because of Websteroids for many weeks now. Revo Uninstaller worked like a charm! Thank you so much:)

  • Phil

    Well what an great article. Saved me from a full re install. Thanks

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    No all the tools should work with Norton 360. At some point Norton was detecting Junkware Removal Tool as a PUP, however I think it’s fixed now. If that happens, you can safely ignore that alert :)
    Stay safe!