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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 hijackerWsevosteran 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 linksUsers 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

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Wsevosteran from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Wsevosteran-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 Wsevosteran, 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 related to Wsevosteran and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Wsevosteran-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Eliminate Wsevosteran from Internet Explorer (IE)

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

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Wsevosteran and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Wsevosteran removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Wsevosteran 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 Wsevosteran-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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 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

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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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