Wild West by Wildwestapp.com is a deceptive application. Wild West modifies web browser settings (displays intrusive worthless advertisements “Ads by Wild West“) and collects various information relating to the user’s internet browsing activity. For these specific deceptive reasons, Wild West is categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP).
Many favorite download websites that offer download managers monetize their free software and internet traffic through download-managers. It’s these download managers that use deceptive and dangerous adware deployments and start displaying advertisements on favorite websites with hyperlinks underlined as “ad by Wild West.”
Once a Potentially Unwanted Application such as Wild West has infected the computer, the Wild West collect’s browser’s Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Firefox preferences and install a browser extension. This deceptive technique will load Wild West’s adware browser extension each time the browser is started. These malicious browser extensions are known to overwhelm computer users with intrusive advertisements within the browser.
The advertisements shown by Wild West are not random, the ads are based on user’s internet activity, the content of the website user is of were visiting and user-based interests. Wild West advertisements are to be distinguished by underlined text or new pop-up window redirects.
How did Wild West install on my PC?
Distribution: Download managers, deceptive pop-up redirects
Also known as: Wild West virus, Wild West adware
Wild West and many similar potentially unwanted adware applications downloaded from the internet do not provide any real benefit for its user. Wild West is known to collect information but pretends to offer a variety of browsing enhancements.
In reality, it is all about in-text advertisements, website traffic, and suspicious links, browser extensions, and browser redirects. Adware such as Wild West, often claims to have no control over the users’ advertisements. In our experience, many of these in-text links lead to suspicious websites, technical support scam services, download managers and pay per click advertisements.
How to avoid Wild West?
If you install software downloaded from the internet, take notice there are no additional offers or useful enhancements installed on your computer. Some download managers do not adequately disclose that adware or pups, such as this Wild West will also be installed on your computer. When installing software on your computer, you should overview the End User License Agreements (EULA) or their Terms of Agreement before downloading and installing software onto your computer.
Do not click too fast through the installation process using a Quick Install of Next button; this would prevent Wild West in the future. Either way, it is often the computer user itself which allowed the Wild West redirect infect the browser.
Adware use scheduled tasks, windows services, PowerShell, and update managers to prevent users from removing Wild West and other adware from their computer. To successfuly remove Wild West from your computer, we need you to follow all removal steps we advise in this instruction.
How to remove Wild West
Use this quick menu to remove Wild West malware files, scheduled tasks, registry entries and services from your PC.
Remove Wild West, complete the steps below
- Remove Wild West from Windows manually
- Remove Wild West files (recommended)
Windows 7 users: Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features”.
Windows 8 and Windows 10 users: Right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs and Features”.
Check the programs list for an entry Wild West, select the application and click “Uninstall” or “Remove“.
Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, this makes it easier to detect recently installed software.
If you don’t know what to look for, Goto Removal Tools
Remove Wild West from Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox
In this first step, we show you how to manually remove adware from your browser and how to reset the browser homepage and search engine to default settings.
If after this step, there are still problems with a hijacked homepage, adware, ads or redirects in your browser, perform a malware scan with our recommended malware removal tools.
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
In this first step for Internet Explorer, you have to verify if internet explorer is infected with a malicious add-on.
Remove add-on from Internet Explorer
choose the wrench button, and from the menu click Manage add-ons.
Check the add-on list for any suspicious add-on in Internet Explorer, click disable or remove to delete the add-on.
Continue to the next step.
Reset your default Homepage and Search engine for Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer has the possibility to reset to default, an Internet Explorer reset will affect your saved bookmarks and passwords.
pick the wrench button and from the menu click Internet Options.
Choose the Advanced tab, click the Reset button.
Check Delete personal settings and click the Reset button.
Restart Internet Explorer to complete the reset.
Good, Internet Explorer is reset to the default configuration, it is important to know there are virus remnants on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove the virus files from your computer. Make sure the virus does not reinstall, and all remnants are removed from your PC.
In this first step for Chrome, you need to identify and remove any browser extension.
If you didn't install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.
Remove extension from Google Chrome
Click the menu button, from the Chrome menu click More tools and then Extensions.
Identify browser extension(s) from the list and click the Remove button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first. Continue to the next step.
Reset the Google Chrome profile sync
Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services. If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, the homepage and search engine settings are synced with Google's servers.
It is important to clean this synchronized cache. If the user doesn't clear the synchronized settings, the adware, browser extension and settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.
Open the Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Click the Reset sync button to clear all of your synced data on Google's server, confirm with OK.
Continue to the next step.
Reset the Google Chrome homepage and search engine settings
Chrome has the option to reset to default settings, a Chrome browser reset will not affect your saved bookmarks and passwords.
Click the menu button, from the drop-down menu click Settings.
Scroll down to Advanced and again scroll down to Reset settings.
Click the Reset button to reset Google Chrome.
Confirm the reset of the Chrome web-browser by clicking the Reset button.
Restart Google Chrome for the changes to take effect.
Google Chrome is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the malware is entirely removed from your PC.
In this first step for Firefox, you need to identify and remove any Firefox add-on that is unknown to you.
If you didn't install any add-on at all, remove all add-ons from Firefox.
Remove add-on from Firefox
Click the Firefox menu button, from the drop-down menu click Add-ons.
Click extensions from the left menu. Identify any unknown Firefox browser extension.
Click the Remove button to delete the extension.
Reset the Firefox homepage and search engine settings
Firefox has the option to reset to default settings, this will reset Firefox completely.
Click the menu button, from the menu, select Help ? (the question mark icon, at the end of the menu).
Click on Troubleshooting information from the Help menu.
select the Refresh Firefox button, confirm the reset and restart Firefox.
The Firefox browser is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the malware is entirely removed from the Firefox web-browser and PC.
If you encounter problems with Microsoft Edge, follow these instructions.
Right-click the start button in Windows 10, from the start menu top click Apps and Features.
Scroll down through the right Apps and Features list till you see Microsoft Edge, click Advanced options.
Click on the Reset button to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings. Microsoft Edge reset will clear the browsing history, cookies, and settings. Not the Microsoft Edge favorites web pages.
The Microsoft Edge web-browser is reset to default settings, it is important to know there are remnants of malware on your computer. I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the malware does not reinstall and the malware is entirely removed from the Microsoft Edge web-browser and PC.
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