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Remove Wsevosteran (Virus Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Wsevosteran is a browser-hijacking extension that changes new tab address, homepage and the search engine


Wsevosteran is a potentially unwanted program that falls into the browser hijacker category and comes as a browser extension for Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, etc. It travels within software bundles, so computer owners rarely spot its infiltration. However, this can be avoided with the careful installation of freeware that is downloaded from third-party websites.

As soon as Wse_vosteran clips itself to the browser, it starts immediate changes:

  • homepage and a new tab is changed to;
  • a customized search engine is added.

However, these alternations by Wse_vosteran are just a surface, as users will notice a more significant difference when they start browsing. The search results are filled with sponsored links, diverting traffic to predetermined sites, and users will encounter more ads overall. Besides, just as any other potentially unwanted program, Wsevosteran tracks a variety of information about web browsing activities.

Name Wsevosteran
Type Browser plugin
Category Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Homepage set to hxxp://
Other symptoms Search results littered with sponsored links, increased amount of ads on all visited websites
Risk factors Installation of other unwanted software, information disclosure to unknown parties, malware infections
Termination Use anti-virus software or employ our manual instructions
Recovery To fix virus damage, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

While browser hijackers are considered to be one of the minor threats when it comes to computer security and online safety, its presence should not be overlooked. Besides, research shows that Wsevosteran might be related to a far more sinister threat that can replace the original Google Chrome browser, intercept traffic, and show malicious advertisements.[1]

Therefore, how should you know which version of Wsevosteran virus are you affected by? Well, the best way is to install a security application and perform a full system scan. Anti-virus programs are specifically designed to locate and delete Wsevosteran and all the other infections automatically.

However, Wsevosteran removal can also be completed manually if you are affected by a minor infection of a browser hijacker. Simply follow our guidelines below, as we will explain how to terminate the unwanted application step-by-step on Windows, as well as Mac operating systems. Additionally, a browser reset is recommended, as changed settings of Wse_vosteran would not go away otherwise, and the intrusive content will continue.

Wsevosteran browser hijacker
Wsevosteran is a browser hijacker that is usually installed unintentionally while establishing freeware

Another reason to remove Wsevosteran hijack is due to privacy issues. It does employ tracking technologies like cookies or web beacons[2] in order to track the data such as:

  • IP address
  • Technical information
  • Browser type
  • Operating system details
  • Search queries
  • Sites visited and the duration of the visit
  • Links clicked, etc.

Be aware that search queries might include your personal data if you choose to enter it, so it will be gathered by Wsevosteran and its affiliates.

All in all, we recommend you get rid of the unwanted program, along with all the malicious components it might have. After that, you should also scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for the best virus recovery option.

Be wary when installing third-party applications – PUPs can be included

Software bundling is a well-established technique used all over the world by freeware and shareware developers. Unfortunately, it makes use of users' willingness to install the application as quickly as possible, without paying much attention to the process itself.

Wsevosteran sponsored links
Users who agree to change their search engine to will see countless advertisements leading to sometimes insecure third-party sites

Optional components are often hidden in free software installers that come from third-party sites, such as, File Hippo, Softonic, and many others. Therefore, careful installation is mandatory if you want to avoid potentially unwanted programs entirely.

Experts advise[3] to be attentive while establishing a new program from the internet: check for important documents like Privacy Policy or Terms of Service; decline all deals and offers; always opt for Advanced/Custom installation instructions instead of Recommended/Quick ones and remove all the tick marks next to System optimizers, driver downloaders, PDF converters, browser extensions, etc.

Remove Wsevosteran from your computer and rely on secure search engines

Allegedly, Wsevosteran claims to allow access to all the logos and links to websites that you have saved and promises to “optimize the way you navigate the internet.” However, the customization can be applied directly to the browser itself, bookmarks added and special tabs at the start page created because such features are built-in. In reality, the customized search seeks to bring you to sponsored sites, generating money for the advertiser as well as Wse_vosteran authors.

Therefore, remove Wse_vosteran as soon as possible. You can do they by either installing security application that focuses on potentially unwanted programs, or make use of our step-by-step instructions below and terminate the threat manually. Be aware that the anti-malware tool will also serve as protection from most of the computer infections in the future.

Once you complete Wsevosteran removal, you should also reset all the installed browsers. Remember, PUPs insert tracking mechanisms into the browser, and they will stay there until Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and others, are reset.

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To remove Wsevosteran, follow these steps:

Uninstall Wsevosteran from Windows systems

Be aware that there are two versions of Wsevosteran virus. If it is a simple browser hijacker, however, you can eliminate it manually by performing these steps on Windows:

  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 Wsevosteran and related programs
    Here, look for Wsevosteran 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 Wsevosteran 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 '' 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.

Erase Wsevosteran from Mac OS X system

  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 Wsevosteran 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'

Eliminate Wsevosteran from Internet Explorer (IE)

As soon as you delete the unwanted program, make sure you reset Internet Explorer as explained below:

  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 Wsevosteran 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 Wsevosteran removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Wsevosteran 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, Wsevosteran should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Wsevosteran from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Wsevosteran 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 Wsevosteran removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Wsevosteran from Google Chrome

Google Chrome can still suffer from redirects and other unwanted activity, even after the extension's removal.

  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 Wsevosteran 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 Wsevosteran removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Wsevosteran 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 Wsevosteran 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 Wsevosteran, 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 Wsevosteran removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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