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Removing WAJAM


guidoa e2
13 1.4k United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 12:38PM
I really don't know how this programme got into my computer but I am having trouble removing it. I have Win 7 and Control Panel>Uninstall does not remove it, merely brings up an advert for Wajam. Can anyone suggest a way of removing it please?

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mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 12:50PM
It seems to be one of those things that appears with bundled software.

How to remove
joshwa e2
4 710 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 1:44PM
There are probably/possibly other programs installed at the same time, if you go to control panel, uninstall/programs, you can sort the programs by install date, and remove other unwanted programs that may have been installed at the same time.
guidoa e2
13 1.4k United Kingdom
3 Dec 2013 5:00PM
Thanks, Mikehit, that got rid of it, I had read that it was potential malware, and di get messages from AVG saying it had prevented a virus, so glad to see it go.
Wajam isn't malware nor a virus. It's a social search plugin that shows recommendations from friends on different publisher sites. You can read more about it on http://wajam.com

It's possible that you downloaded the plugin as part of a bundle. I saw that you were able to uninstall. For future reference, you can also go to the Wajam site for uninstall steps: http://wajam.com/howto/uninstall/
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
5 Dec 2013 4:52PM

Quote:Wajam isn't malware nor a virus.


Agreed it isn't, it's "highjack ware" which if were getting technical is a type of "malware/virus" which by definition is:


Quote:A program that alters your computer's browser settings so that you are redirected to Web sites that you had no intention of visiting. Most browser hijackers alter default home pages and search pages to those of their customers, who pay for that service because of the traffic it generates. More virulent versions often: add bookmarks for pornographic Web sites to the users' own bookmark collection; generate pornographic pop-upadware and spyware, a browser hijacker may be installed as part of freeware installation. In this case, the browser hijacker is probably mentioned in the user agreement -- although, obviously, not identified as a browser hijacker. The problem is that users typically either ignore the fine print or only give it a cursory reading. A browser hijacker may also be installed without user permission, as the result of an infected e-mail, a file share, or a drive-by download. To avoid contamination, experts advise users to read user agreements carefully, and to be cautious about freeware downloads and e-mail messages from unknown sources.


I've this quoted from elsewhere because I could be arsed to type it all Tongue
lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2013 4:55PM

Quote:Thanks, Mikehit, that got rid of it,


It will be worth running something like Malwarebytes on your machine to make sure no other nasties are on there.
If a crappy bit of software like this can install with out you noticing its a fair chance loads of other rubbish is on your system.


Quote:It's a social search plugin that shows recommendations from friends on different publisher sites.


errgh, sound like a good way to grind your machine to a halt.
5 Dec 2013 5:22PM
Bleeding thing kept appearing on my pc as well. Anyone know a good blocker for adverts which keep popping up?
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
5 Dec 2013 8:26PM
Personally, I've never tried any of the uninstallers mentioned above and I never use Windows own change/remove programme thing but I have successfully removed Wajam (and Delta Search, another, equally unpleasant visitor) by using "Revo Uninstaller," which seems to be capable of removing most things.
Open Revo's window and you'll se a pile of icons representing your programmes. Amongst them you'll very likely find several that you never asked to be installed."
There's one that calls itself "Bundled software." I've no idea what it is but it's arrived here more than once when I've downloaded and installed something else.
I just remove it and all the other things that I don't think should be there.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
7 Dec 2013 5:50PM
I run windows XP. Is "Revo Uninstaller" worth the download please?
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
7 Dec 2013 7:25PM
I used XP until last Christmas when I upgraded top Windows 8 (it was cheap) on the same machine.

I also used 'Revo' during my XP days. It worked as well with that as it does with 8.

I use it to uninstal everything.
8 Dec 2013 4:12PM
Does it take up much room?
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
8 Dec 2013 4:22PM

Quote:Does it take up much room?

Almost none at all.
weseeyou e2
3 112
12 Dec 2013 11:02AM
whenever you uninstall a program particularly malware don't forget to remove any exe files from the start up folder so they do not cause further problems when you next reboot otherwise they will continue to auto download themselves in a never ending cycle every time you boot your computer
Go to Start in the search programs box type msconfig and hit the enter key.

In the System Configuration window Select the 'Start Up' box then untick everything that you do not need starting up each time you boot the computer and running in the background hogging your CPU resources

you should only need 2-3 programs at most typically your WiFi so that it starts up automatically when you boot your PC.
Anything else you can untick because you can start programs like Adobe and Excell etc as and when you need them from the Promams list

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