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The Waudeesestew.com website is a plague. Every time you as much as touch your browser, you get redirected to this page. The good news is, Waudeesestew is not a full-fledged virus. The bad news is, your computer harbors an infection. Somewhere on your OS, a nasty adware program is lurking. This parasite has entered your device unnoticed and is now ruining your browsing experience. The Waudeesestew adware uses aggressive marketing strategies. Its goal is to turn you from a visitor into a customer. This app knows no boundaries. It will not hesitate to expose you to misleading advertisements. And believe us, you will see many appealing commercials. The key word here is “many.” The Waudeesestew adware injects various ads on every website you open. You will notice that pages that used to be ad-free are now covered in coupons and discounts. The displayed ads are undoubtedly appealing. The adware, after all, knows what you are looking for. This parasite monitors your browsing related data and uses the collected information as a base for better ad-targeting. Thus, if you enter “sneakers” into some search engine, the adware will display adverts for sports shoes. Do not get your hopes up, though. The adware doesn’t verify the commercials. With this utility on board, these “great” deals are more likely to be fake than legitimate. Anyone willing to spend some money can use the adware to promote. Hackers included. So, think twice before you click on an advert. It might as well be corrupted. The Waudeesestew adware is an intrusive program which may cause serious damage.
How did I get infected with?
The Waudeesestew adware cannot enter your computer without an invitation. To obtain one, it uses a lot of trickery. The parasite usually hitches a ride with other software. The so-called bundling technique is quite common among the software developers nowadays. They attach extra programs to the payload files of their apps. If you don’t pay attention to the installation process, you may install the extras unintentionally. Always opt for the Advanced installation option in the Setup Wizard. Under it, you will be presented with a list of all additional programs that are about to be installed. Examine the list carefully. You can deselect all extras and still install the app you originally planned to set up. Other malware distribution methods include torrents, spam emails. And fake software updates. Your caution can prevent these techniques from succeeding. So, don’t be lazy. Always do your due diligence.
Why is this dangerous?
The Waudeesestew adware is extremely annoying. Once on board, it takes full control of your web browser. It injects banners, hyperlinks and in-text ads on every website you open. It also redirects your web traffic to sponsored pages. When you least expect it, the adware parasite pauses your online videos for commercial breaks. The invasive advertising, however, is not the biggest issue. The commercials are more than annoying. They are potential threats. The adware doesn’t check who the advertisers are. All sorts of crooks use such tools to spread malicious content. One click is all it takes for a virus to be downloaded. A malicious advert may also redirect you to scam websites. And last but not least, an unverified advert is very likely to arouse unwarranted expectations. You are offered the item you’ve been searching for so long. Yet, when you click, there is nothing there. There is something else about the Waudeesestew adware, that often gets overlooked. As we already explained, this app monitors your online activities. What do you think happens with the collected data. It would be naive to believe that it is ever deleted. No, the adware stores it on a remote server. Thus, anyone who uses the adware as an advertising platform can easily access it. The crooks can use it to target you with customized marketing campaigns. Can you see it? The Waudeesestew adware exposes both your privacy and security at risk. Do not let this app remain on your computer. Remove it as soon as possible!
How to Remove Waudeesestew virus
The Waudeesestew infection is specifically designed to make money to its creators one way or another. The specialists from various antivirus companies like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, Avast, ESET, etc. advise that there is no harmless virus.
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Waudeesestew infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.
STEP 1: Track down Waudeesestew in the computer memory
- Open your Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
- Carefully review all processes and stop the suspicious ones.
- Write down the file location for later reference.
Step 2: Locate Waudeesestew startup location
Reveal Hidden Files
- Open any folder
- Click on “Organize” button
- Choose “Folder and Search Options”
- Select the “View” tab
- Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
- Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
- Click “Apply” and “OK” button
Clean Waudeesestew virus from the windows registry
- Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.
- A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”
- WARNING! be very careful when editing the Microsoft Windows Registry as this may render the system broken.
Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:
- and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]
- Then open your explorer and navigate to: %appdata% folder and delete the malicious executable.
Clean your HOSTS file to avoid unwanted browser redirection
Navigate to %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/host
If you are hacked, there will be foreign IPs addresses connected to you at the bottom. Take a look below:
STEP 3 : Clean Waudeesestew traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the Waudeesestew by clicking on the little recycle bin
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
Open Mozilla Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable the unwanted Extension
- Go to Help
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Open Internet Explorer
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Click on Internet options
- go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset
- Restart Internet Explorer
Step 4: Undo the damage done by Waudeesestew
This particular Virus may alter your DNS settings.
Attention! this can break your internet connection. Before you change your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS for Waudeesestew, be sure to write down the current server addresses on a piece of paper.
To fix the damage done by the virus you need to do the following.
- Click the Windows Start button to open the Start Menu, type control panel in the search box and select Control Panel in the results displayed above.
- go to Network and Internet
- then Network and Sharing Center
- then Change Adapter Settings
- Right-click on your active internet connection and click properties. Under the Networking tab, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Left click on it and then click on properties. Both options should be automatic! By default it should be set to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and the second one to “Obtain DNS server address automatically!” If they are not just change them, however if you are part of a domain network you should contact your Domain Administrator to set these settings, otherwise the internet connection will break!!!
You must clean all your browser shortcuts as well. To do that you need to
- Right click on the shortcut of your favorite browser and then select properties.
- in the target field remove Waudeesestew argument and then apply the changes.
- Repeat that with the shortcuts of your other browsers.
- Check your scheduled tasks to make sure the virus will not download itself again.
How to Permanently Remove Waudeesestew Virus (automatic) Removal Guide
Please, have in mind that once you are infected with a single virus, it compromises your system and let all doors wide open for many other infections. To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.