Websteroids Description

Websteroids is a gaming application that provides a spinoff of the popular Asteroids game, but also finances itself through the automatic display of advertisements. Like any other adware program, Websteroids may endanger your computer incidentally through its advertisements, but the company responsible Websteroids denies any legal responsibility for policing the safety of its advertisements. Websteroids also requests the theoretical ability to make other unwanted modifications to your browser that cause this application to perform double-duty as a browser hijacker. Malware researchers usually recommend deleting Websteroids and all similar adware, but with Websteroids’s history of resisting uninstallation, anti-malware software may be needed to make sure that any uninstallation ‘sticks.’

Websteroids: the Clutter of Deep Space Meets the Clutter of the World Wide Web

A clear cash-in on the name recognition of one of the most influential arcade cabinets of all time, Websteroids is a browser gaming add-on that claims to add digital meteor excitement to your Web-browsing life. Simultaneously, Websteroids also includes various other browser changes that aren’t as fun as an action-oriented spaceship simulation. Malware researchers have classified Websteroids as adware due to its focus on advertising, although Websteroids does have other functions as noted here:
  • Websteroids may choose to display injected banners, hyperlinked text advertisements, interstitial advertisements (advertisements that load ‘between’ you leaving one website and loading a second one) and various other types of advertisements without any restrictions.
  • Websteroids reserves the right to change your homepage, your default search page and ‘other browser features’ indiscriminately.
  • Websteroids also may disable various features that interfere with Websteroids (potentially including advertisement-blocking features).

One important detail that Websteroids doesn’t mention directly is the fact that Websteroids usually attempts to avoid being uninstalled.

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The company behind Websteroids claims that any Websteroids deletion issues are an inevitable occurrence due to the so-called ‘complexity’ of their software, which malware researchers can’t help but find to be an incredibly unbelievable suggestion.

Sailing Your Browser to a Sector Clear of Websteroids Obstacles

If you happen to take the unlikely leap in logic of assuming that all of the claims made by the Websteroids company’s terms of use are honest, you’re still left with the fact that Websteroids is overall, far more of a problem for your Web browser than a beneficiary program. While adware programs are quite prolific, reputable free games are just as numerous, and malware researchers would recommend you enjoy the latter, rather than expose your browser to the kinds of unnecessary changes espoused by Websteroids. Of course, all of that is ignoring the possibility of some of Websteroids’s advertisements including unsafe content, which is a far from unheard of occurrence for adware programs.

Taking into account Websteroids’s history of trying to stop itself from being deleted, removing Websteroids can be done relatively painlessly through the system-scanning functions of anti-adware and anti-malware products. For protection against an unwanted Websteroids installation to begin with, malware experts would consider it best to stay clear of all Web domains with a protracted history for adware distribution.


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Websteroids Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)

Is your PC infected with Websteroids? To safely & quickly detect Websteroids we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\websteroidsapp.comSoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\websteroidsapp.comSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\WebsteroidsService_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\WebsteroidsService_RASMANCSSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{44ED99E2-16A6-4B89-80D6-5B21CF42E78B}Software\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions, value: support@websteroidsapp.comSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\WebsteroidsService_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\WebsteroidsService_RASMANCSSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WebsteroidsSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{D54E3D9F-FEB8-4D2D-A138-B69A5C80080B}SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\WebsteroidsHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}{D54E3D9F-FEB8-4D2D-A138-B69A5C80080B}
  • The following CLSID's were detected:
    HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path} {44ed99e2-16a6-4b89-80d6-5b21cf42e78b}{781CA792-9B6E-400B-B36F-15C097D2CA54}{2830488C-079B-45C2-88B6-AFE4EAA2DF85}
Posted: December 13, 2013 | By
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