Wajm.icu (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

Wajm.icu Removal Guide

What is Wajm.icu?

Wajm.icu is a browser hijacker that seeks to gain monetary benefit by exposing users to sponsored sites

Wajm.icuWajm.icu is a potentially unwanted program that is installed without users' permission

Wajm.icu is a fake search engine and a potentially unwanted program developed by QxSearch. The unwanted application usually gets installed together with shareware of freeware obtained from third-party websites. Once installed, the threat proceeds with changing the settings of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc., and changes the homepage and search engine to hxxps://wajm.icu. For that reason, users are forced to view third-party content in search results, sponsored ads, redirects, and similar. Unfortunately, users affected by this PUP will not be able to reverse the browser modifications until Wajm.icu hijacker is removed from the system.

Name Wajm.icu
Type Browser hijacker/PUP
Developer QxSearch
Infiltration Software bundling, third-party websites
Symptoms Changed web browser settings, sponsored links in search results, redirects to questionable sites, pop-up ads on the visited sites, etc.
Risk factors Money loss, installation of other bogus software, sensitive information leak, malware infections
Removal Perform a scan with security software or use our instruction below for manual termination
Optimization To restore and refresh your system after Wajm.icu browser infection, scan your device with FortectIntego

The browser hijacker, which might be referred to as Wajm.icu virus by some users, is not the only QxSearch creation. Tyd1.xyz, Bvts.xyz and Q1wws.icu are just one of the few sites dedicated to the same purpose – revenue generation for the developers. Unfortunately, these tools provide nothing for end users. In fact, their browsers would be much safer after Wajm.icu removal.

Redirects and other commercial content can clutter the browser and prevent users from finding relative information. Ads are something that most users despise and would not like to view continually, on every website they visit. Unfortunately, that is precisely what they get as soon as they install Wajm.icu.

Some of the activity the Wajm.icu browser hijacker performs might be straight out dangerous, however. The problem with PUPs is that, while they do not directly compromise the host system, they might expose users to such online threats as tech support scams,[1] unsafe download sites, scam shops, etc. Thus, Wajm.icu activities might result in money loss, malware infections, or even identity fraud.

However, redirects to third-party sites, fake search results and pop-up ads is not the only way Wajm.icu increases profit for the developers. Similarly to other potentially unwanted programs, it collects a variety of information about its users. This is done to understand users' needs better and serve ads according to their interests. Tracking technologies, such as beacons, cookies, and others, help developers to collect this data and compile it into Aggregate Information.

While this is standard practice that is used by many sites, be aware that you are exposing your online habits to unknown parties even more than you normally would. The digital sphere is now filled with data tracking, and there is no need to expose yourself for no reason at all. Thus, if you want to keep your browsing habits private, better user search engines that protect your online privacy.

After you remove Wajm.icu, we suggest you scan your computer for other traces of malware, modified registries,[2] and other unwanted changes, using repair software FortectIntego. Once complete, you should also refresh each of the installed browsers – we explain how to do that below.

Wajm.icu hijackerWajm.icu is a browser hijacker that might lead users to unsafe websites

If you are downloading bundled software, make sure to terminate unwanted apps before finishing the installation process

Sites like Softonic, File Hippo, Download.com, and many others, while considered being popular, use software bundling as the primary monetization method. Therefore, expect most programs that you download from there to include extra components upon installation. In fact, even reputable applications and companies bundle programs – it is a common practice by now. So much so, that even reputable computer hardware manufacturer like Lenovo got punished for pre-installing adware on users' computers.[3]

Therefore, it is up to you to stop the nasty from entering your computer, even if you download software from allegedly reputable sites. Without a doubt, you should not put yourself under more danger and download apps from dodgy websites (especially those that host cracks and pirated software).

To make sure you avoid unwanted programs, you need to pay extra attention to the installation procedure of the applications you download from the internet. Do not rush the process, read through the installation instructions carefully and make sure you opt for Advanced/Custom settings and avoid Recommended/Quick ones like a plague so you can prevent pre-selected boxes.

Remove Wajm.icu from your device by using one of the two removal methods

There are two ways to remove Wajm.icu hijack from your device: you can either find the unwanted entry in your installed program list yourself or make use of automatic solutions. Both of the methods can be as equally effective, so choose the one that suits you the most.

If you want a quick and problem-free Wajm.icu removal, you should download and install a security application that specializes in PUPs. In this case, a security app will take care of everything automatically, and all you have to do is press the scan button. Alternatively, terminating Wajm.icu manually can be achieved by following the step-by-step guide below.

Once you uninstall the unwanted software, you are highly advised to reset the installed browsers, as the PUP might have left the changed settings, which would result in the repeated unwanted activity like redirects, ads, and bogus search results.

You may remove virus damage with a help of FortectIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

do it now!
Fortect Happiness
Intego Happiness
Compatible with Microsoft Windows Compatible with macOS
What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of Wajm.icu. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To terminate Wajm.icu from Windows OS, follow these instructions:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

If your macOS is showing signs of computer infection, follow these steps to stop the unwanted app:

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy, search and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

After you are sure that the PUP is removed, you should refresh the settings of Mozilla Firefox:

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Wajm.icu registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

About the author
Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Likes to teach users about virus prevention

If this free guide helped you and you are satisfied with our service, please consider making a donation to keep this service alive. Even a smallest amount will be appreciated.

Contact Alice Woods
About the company Esolutions