Wajam Yahoo Virus Removal (June 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Wajam Yahoo Virus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The information that you are going to find in this article covers the specifics of an application named Wajam Yahoo Virus. This application has been recently reported as a source of browsing disturbance and can be categorized as a browser hijacker. Wajam Yahoo Virus may become part of your system mostly when you approve the installation of some software bundle or an installation package of free applications without customizing their setup settings. Once it gets installed, the hijacker may typically affect the way your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer (or any other browser) operates by modifying its homepage or search engine. The annoying application may also initiate an automatic page redirecting service to various sponsored websites, sales platforms and promotional links full of nagging ads, pop-ups and banners. As a result, with every attempt of yours to browse the web through the affected browser, you may be forced to deal with dozens of commercial messages and get redirected to pages you never wanted to visit. Such activities may not only be very irritating but also very disturbing for a lot of web users. That’s why, in the text below, we have prepared a detailed Removal Guide for those of you who want to uninstall Wajam Yahoo Virus from their system and remove all the annoying changes that this hijacker has imposed to their favorite browser.

A glance at the characteristics of the browser hijackers’ software category

Apps which typically target the users’ default browser and initiate browser modifications, aggressive ads-generation or page redirection activities, are usually known among the cyber community as “Browser hijackers”. These software components are generally seen as harmless since they do not typically contain malicious code – something that cannot be said about actual malware viruses such as Ransomware, Spyware or Trojans for example. However, despite their rather harmless nature, browser hijackers could sometimes be a source of unbearable browsing disturbance as well as some questionable online advertising practices. This is the main reason why many web users want to uninstall these pieces of software and remove their components, sponsored tools and ads from their machine.

For instance, applications like Wajam Yahoo Virus may replace your default search engine or homepage settings with some predefined sponsored domains and search tools, which you have not approved. They may also try to gain access to your browser’s database and review the information there. This is usually done with the idea of extracting some valuable marketing data which can later be used for targeted online advertising or implementation of behavioral marketing strategies such as Pay-Per-Click, Pay-Per-View or sponsored ads positioning on your screen. As a result, you may notice that your exposure to ads which match your latest searches and supposed interests may significantly increase over time and may become so intrusive that it might disturb your normal web browsing and also the performance speed of your machine and the responsiveness of the affected browser. It is not surprising most users find such software behavior highly unpleasant and frustrating but, fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to deal with it.

Wajam Yahoo Virus Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Wajam Yahoo Virus from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Wajam Yahoo Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Wajam Yahoo Virus from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

WARNING!
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

How to protect your PC from applications like Wajam Yahoo Virus and ensure no browser hijackers get installed on your system?

Despite the fact that the browser hijackers are not as dangerous as Trojans, Ransomware or similar nasty computer viruses, hardly any user in the world would want to accept the installation of such software and keep it on their computer. Still, the curious thing is that, usually, it is the users themselves who approve of the installation of the hijacker (albeit, unknowingly). Normally, this happens when they download and install different software packages and bundles without customizing their setup and without carefully reading the EULA and the small text in the installation menu. The likelihood of ending up with an application like Wajam Yahoo Virus is thus indeed big, especially if user overlooks the Advanced/Custom/Manual installation options when running an installer and simply proceeds with the Quick/Automatic installation of the desired program.

Fortunately, all this could be easily prevented if the customer takes their time to customize the setup configuration. You don’t even have to be a computer expert to do that. Just carefully read the steps in every installation pack that you run on your system (especially if it is a free one), select the most detailed setup options and remove any checkmarks that state something like “I agree to make Wajam Yahoo Virus my default search engine” or “I approve Wajam Yahoo Virus to make changes to my browser” or anything similar that you might not want.

In case that you have skipped these steps and need to uninstall the browser hijacker, please follow our detailed Removal Guide or use a professional removal tool for automatic detection and removal such as the one from this page.

Name Wajam Yahoo
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Automatic page redirects and intrsive ads generation may disturb your normal browsing experience. 
Distribution Method Typically distributed via software bundles, free download links, program packages, torrents, spam, shareware
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.