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Friday, December 13, 2013

How to Remove Websteroids (Uninstall Guide)

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Websteroids is an adware application that installs as a browser plugin across all the browsers and places ads randomly on pages or hyperlinks random words. Whenever you click somewhere on the web page, it will open popup windows as well with ads by Websteroids. It's not a virus as some users may describe but we could say it's a web browser related malware. Anti-malware scanners will be usually detected as PUP.Optional.Websteroids, Adware.Websteroids or simply generic malware. This guide will walk you through removing Websteroids from your computer and web browsers.

Websteroids Chrome extension with current permissions to access your data on all websites and access your tabs and browsing activity too. You may also get a notification that Websteroids is running from Windows, even though you won't see any windows related to this program. It runs in the background and silently collects information about your browsing habits and interests. is the official website of this adware program. However, it's almost the same as any other web page created by Creative Island Media, LLC., except that this one is titled Websteroids and has a link to download the adware. You can also find a removal guide on that webpage however, it's not very informative. To remove Websteroids adware and other potentially unwanted software that may have been installed on your computer, please follow the removal guide below. If you have questions, leave a comment below. I will be more than happy to help you. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

Websteroids removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this infection. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. As this infection is known to be installed by vulnerabilities in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use an automatic software update tool to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer.

3. Remove Websteroids program from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall 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.

4. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following Websteroids.

If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove Websteroids from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove the Websteroids 2.6.49 extension.

Remove Websteroids from Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to the Websteroids 2.6.49 extension.

Remove Websteroids from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the Websteroids browser add-on.

Associated Websteroids Files:
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Websteroids
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Websteroids\IE\common.dll


Anonymous said...

thanks for the tips - i found websteroids was unexpectedly installed along with an xvmmod that I used for World of Tanks. noticed it immediately and wanted to know how to get rid of it.

Anonymous said...

Whenever i try to delete webstoids it says error opening launcher.Please help!

Anonymous said...

Great advice - worked like a charm - not annoyed anymore ! Websteroids binned !

Ray Chutalot said...

Hi. My control panel thinks that Websteroids is installed. Clicking uninstall on vista brings up a dos? window which quickly disappears. Still appears on the control panel list. I have run various malware removal tools which have found and deleted various things. Have deleted the creative media folder from programs and run ccleaner to check the registry. How do I convince control panel that it is no longer there? Has it really gone?

Admin said...

You can uninstall programs using CCleaner as well. I'm pretty sure it's a bug, the program is already gone. You can also try Revo Uninstaller. It has a powerful force uninstall tool.

Far Resh said...

I am trying to remove the Websteroid application which came with the installation of the "InstallConverter bundle uninstaller" program published by InstallConverter. When I go to the uninstall or change a program page and try to uninstall the program a window pops up indicating that when SearchProtect was installed other applications were also insalled. I was able to remove all other applications except Websteroid. When I hit the Remove button it does not remove it. Hitting the Remove All button also does not remove it and only succeeds in eliminating this window. The InstallConverter bundle uninstaller program remains on the list of programs.

When I go to the Task Manager, I see that the Websteroid process is running. When I highlight it and delete it, the Websteroid process just pops up again elsewhere on the list of running processes.

How can I get rid of this from the computer?

Admin said...

You should try force uninstall it using Revo uninstaller or CCleaner. Or you can use an anti-malware program. Very often it's bundled with other programs and it could be difficult to uninstall it manually.

Anonymous said...

Good day. Similar to FAR RESH, I was able to use the uninstall (although from many attempts to do so). The program no longer showed in the list of program but still continued to be activated. After running many adware/malware apps including the ones you recommended, it appeared to have stopped. I also have no files or extensions in my chrome or explorer browser as you suggest to look in. However, when I run a search of "websteroids" in my computer directories, the results return approx. 20 files with the word "websteroids" in the title of the file. Some are .dll, .exe.config.vir, exe.vor, ico.vir, and so on. Should I simply delete those?

Thank you very much in advance for your help.


Admin said...

Yes, I think you can delete those .dll, .exe and other files manually unless of course they are in Windows system folders then further diagnosis is required. If you want I can assist you just give me a call (phone given in removal step #1).

Anonymous said...

Websteroids did not show up in my list of downloaded programs when I went to remove it but it was labeled as a program called: Updater - published by Creative Island Media, LLC and that one was also bringing up the websteroids app notifications. Hope this helps someone else that recieved websteroid notifications but didn't see the program in their program list.

Anonymous said...

Hi I couldn't find Websteroids until my anti-virus found it but didn't want to remove it for some strange reason. However, I knew the path to the file now. So in my case it was on disk C I openned the disk C and then typed in the address bar C:\ProgramData it then took me to the list of folders where I found Websteroids folder and uninstalled it! no problems anymore!

hope this helps for those of you who was struggling to find the Websteroids location on your computer.

Anonymous said...

The surest way to remove this malware is to open your task manager and under detail right click on the Websteroid to open the file location. Now with the file location window open while the detail window is open right click on websteroids and pick End Process Tree this will disingade the malwale long enough for you to delete the application at its file location. now you are free enjoy!!

jannie thomas said...

Rick: tried all of your suggestions and had no success. I Disable google chrome but Keep getting pop up saying "Error launching installer" .

Jo Jo said...

There is no websteroids listed under my computer programs, but I know it's them because all their pop ads say so

Admin said...

Jo Jo,

List your programs by "Date installed" and remove recently install programs that you didn't install yourself. Then reset your web browser and run a full system scan with anti-malware.

Anonymous said...

its great advice however for me, websteroids is installed in a package called flappy bird package which i do not remember instaalling and I can not uninstall the package. HELP