Waudeesestew “Virus” Removal (April 2018 Update)


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

If you are experiencing a series of unauthorized changes in your Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or other browser, then most probably your computer has been invaded by a browser hijacker like Waudeesestew “Virus”. This software may install a new search engine or homepage in your default browser app and start to flood your screen with ads, banners, pop-ups and strange redirecting links. As a result, every time you try to browse the web you may get exposed to some unfamiliar websites and sponsored commercials that try to make you click on them and don’t want to be removed. This is typical browser hijacker activity, which may result in frequent online disturbance and irritation. You probably landed on this page because you are seeking for an effective way to remove the nagging ads and uninstall the new browser tools and, fortunately, we can offer you a detailed guide on that. What you basically need to do is to uninstall Waudeesestew “Virus” from your computer and this will make all of its related ads, homepages, toolbars and sites disappear. Before you scroll down to the instructions, however, we suggest you first read about the danger level of the browser hijackers and the possible issues they may cause.

The danger level of browser hijackers

A lot of users often get concerned about their safety when a program like Waudeesestew “Virus” invades their system. Oftentimes, browser hijackers may wrongly be referred to as viruses, however, they are not really a form of malware. Actually, we would like to point out that programs like Waudeesestew generally do not have the capacity to cause serious system corruption, malfunction or harassment in the same way that a Trojan horse or Ransomware cryptovirus would do. This being said, the browser hijackers cannot be seen as viruses. Their real purpose is not related to file encryption, data extraction or some other types of online fraud or theft but rather to some aggressive online advertising methods known as Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View. Still, security experts classify browser hijackers as potentially unwanted pieces of software due to some questionable activities they may initiate.

Waudeesestew “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware 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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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.

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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 Waudeesestew 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 Waudeesestew from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Waudeesestew 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

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!

For instance, a program like Waudeesestew, despite not having malicious scripts of its own, may indirectly expose you to potential malware transmitters. One of the possible ways for that is when you let the hijacker automatically modify your search results and redirect you to certain sponsored and unfamiliar web pages. Not all the sites you may land on should be considered safe, that’s why you should better be careful not to interact with them much. Another way to end up on potentially hazardous content is if you click on the ads, banners, and pop-ups, generated by the hijacker. While most of the commercials may be legitimate, some unscrupulous hackers may easily insert some nasty Trojan horse or well-camouflaged Ransomware infection among the flow of randomly displayed links, tabs and pop-up notifications. That’s why our “How to remove” team would generally discourage you from clicking on the content delivered by Waudeesestew and have this hijacker uninstalled from your system as a preventive measure.

In addition, you may not find it nice to know that the hijacker may also use a fair share of your system resources to analyze your recent browsing activities in order to collect “traffic data”. This activity is closely related to the aggressive online advertising strategies, which the software employs, in an attempt to expose you to more relevant ads and increase the chance of getting a click from you.

How could you have possibly ended up with Waudeesestew and how to prevent it?

One of the questions that is probably bothering you is where Waudeesestew “Virus” came from and how it ended up on your computer.  Well, you may be surprised to read this, but it is very likely that you have installed the hijacker on your system on your own. However, you most probably have not realized that because this type of software uses a tricky installation method called “Software bundling”. A software bundle is an installation package, which usually contains one main program and a few more “suggested” or “additional” components, which get installed by default along with the main software. To prevent that, users need to manually disable them with the help of the Advanced /Custom/ User options during the setup process. Unfortunately, not many people make use of these options and this is how they end up with various potentially unwanted programs on their PC.

SUMMARY:

Name Waudeesestew
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  This software may install a new search engine or homepage in your default browser app and start to flood your screen with ads, banners, pop-ups and strange redirecting links.
Distribution Method Software bundles are the most common sources, but you may also find this program in torrents, free automatic installers, free download links, spam emails and attachments, shareware or freewrae platfroms, ads.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


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