Wajam Removal Manual
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Wajam Removal Manual

What is Wajam and is it dangerous to my system?

Wajam is a social search browser add-on that allows the users to find what information has been searched online or shared by their friends on the commonly used social platforms like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc. Wajam only displays data that the users have decided to share. The browser extension is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. As this is an ad-supported browser plug-in, Wajam is known to display various advertisements that some users find quite annoying. What turns Wajam into a potentially unwanted application is the risk of various infections involved with the pop-up, banner and in-text ads, which may lead the user to unverified and unsafe webpages.

Threat Summary

NameWajam
TypeRedirect, Adware, Malicious Domain, PUP
Short DescriptionEach browser application on your computer could get affected. As a result, you will have unwanted advertisements injected in your browser process.
SymptomsYou will witness intrusive advertisements, and may be redirected to malicious pages.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Wajam – Update May 2019

A recent research conducted by researchers at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, reveals that Wajam is in fact quite malicious, as visible by the advanced techniques it uses. The researchers investigated the evolution of Wajam in the course of nearly six years of the particularly successful and active adware business called Wajam. As of 2016, revealed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Wajam had “hundreds of millions of installations” and collected 400TB of private information from users, the report said.

Wajam has been injecting ads into browser traffic, using techniques that malware operators use, such as man-in-the-browser (browser process injection) attacks seen in

Zeus operations. Other examples include anti-analysis and evasion techniques, security policy downgrading and data leakage.

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Wajam’s recent analysis.

How Does Wajam Work?

Wajam can be downloaded from the official product webpage, but it can also get into your system via bundled downloads. Once installed, the add-on places a small toolbar above the hyperlinks. As soon as you sign in, you can view all the information your friends have shared. Above the search results displayed by Google, you can also see content associated with your friends’ account. Although the presented features may sound quite appealing to most users, there are some details that should be considered when using this application.

First of all, the sheer fact that Wajam may end up on your PC bundled with other free of charge programs you have downloaded on the Web is a red flag on its own. This technique is often used by hackers for the distribution of various adware programs and potentially unwanted freeware.

The ads displayed by Wajam may also present a potential threat to your computer. It is clearly stated in the Privacy Policy of the company that Wajam does not assume liability for any of the content on the recommended advertisement webpages. Clicking on any of the suggested links is at your own risk.
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What Information Does Wajam Collect?

  • Wajam collects personal information from the social platforms it works with, in case you decide to share it. This information may be shared with third parties and affiliates of the company for advertising purposes.
  • Wajam also uses cookies and other tracking technology in order to provide the users with better services. Third parties associated with the add-on may also place cookies in your browser.
  • Wajam also collects information about your browsing activities and search queries.

How to Remove Wajam Safely?

To remove Wajam manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the adware and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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