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

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

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

Wajm.icu
Wajm.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 Reimage

The browser hijacker, which might be referred to as Wajm.icu virus by some users, is not the only QxSearch creation. Tyd1.xyzBvts.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 Reimage. Once complete, you should also refresh each of the installed browsers – we explain how to do that below.

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 can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner, Malwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Wajm.icu, follow these steps:

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Remove Wajm.icu from Windows systems

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

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Wajm.icu and related programs
    Here, look for Wajm.icu or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Wajm.icu from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

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Eliminate Wajm.icu from Mac OS X system

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

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Wajm.icu or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Erase Wajm.icu from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Wajm.icu and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Wajm.icu removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Wajm.icu from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Wajm.icu should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Wajm.icu from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Wajm.icu and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Wajm.icu removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Wajm.icu from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Wajm.icu and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Wajm.icu removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Wajm.icu from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Wajm.icu or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Wajm.icu, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Wajm.icu removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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