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Old 19-03-2013, 20:53
caz789
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I'm not sure where I got this, and I don't remember accepting it's installation, but it seems to be malware.

I removed it and AVAST told me it had also installed a rootkit, which was malware which I then removed.

Info about it here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wajam

What does it do? Does it change the search results that show up in your search engine?


It might sound silly, but I noticed my search results for various news articles were strange, specifically the Guardian had dropped off. I tried different search engines, and something even stranger happened, so in Dogpile nearly all the results were AFP/CNN and their ilk.
I was using Internet Explorer, so thought I'd go back to Google Chrome. This tells me it has disabled an add-on I "may not be aware of" - Wajam.
This time the same search in Dogpile gives totally different news results - using Internet Explorer as before.



If that last paragraph didn't make sense, basically, it appears as though Wajam is malware I didn't ask for and couldn't remove which alters my access to news and information on the Internet via search engines. Is this possible?
If so, I have a BIG problem with this and with the fact that it seems to be marketing itself as a bona fide company.
Surely this is illegal?

And how do I make sure it is gone for good?
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Old 20-03-2013, 15:18
Prilicla
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try this http://www.wajam.com/faq/
and http://blog.teesupport.com/how-to-re...google-chrome/.
if all fails do a restore
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Old 21-03-2013, 12:51
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To remove unwanted stubborn BHOs (browser helper objects) and search hooks, I use hijackthis. You have to be careful because sometimes the BHO redirects your search for anti malware to sites that have more malware !

Hijackthis at Sourceforge
http://sourceforge.net/projects/hjt/

then copy/paste results here for analysis
http://hijackthis.de/

hijackthis makes registry changes, so proceed with caution.
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