If your internet browser are being rerouted to the web page named Westen-z.life, then you most likely have an adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) installed on your machine. The adware will alter your browser’s home page, new tab and default search provider or install unwanted web browser extension so that it will automatically display a ton of undesired Westen-z.life pop up advertisements. If you would like to clean your personal computer of ad-supported software and thereby get rid of Westen-z.life redirect and are unable to do so, you can use the tutorial below to scan for and remove this adware and any other malicious software for free.
Technically, the ad supported software is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates a lot of popups. It may download and install on to your computer other malicious and unwanted software without your permission, force you to visit misleading or malicious web-sites. Moreover, the ad supported software can install internet browser hijacker. Once installed, it will modify your web browser setting such as start page, new tab and search provider by default with an unwanted web site.
The adware usually affects only the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge by changing the browser’s settings or installing a harmful extensions. Moreover, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The adware will perform a scan of the system for browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the internet browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you start the browser, you will see an unwanted Westen-z.life site.
Therefore it is very important to follow the few simple steps below as soon as possible. The steps will help you to remove adware as well as clean your machine from the Westen-z.life pop ups. What is more, the step-by-step tutorial below will help you remove other harmful software such as unwanted toolbars and browser hijackers, that could penetrate into system along with the ad supported software.
Remove Westen-z.life pop-up advertisements (removal guidance)
Without a doubt, the adware is harmful to your personal computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this adware that causes internet browsers to display undesired Westen-z.life pop-up advertisements. To remove this adware, you can use the manual removal guidance which are given below or free malicious software removal utility such as Zemana, MalwareBytes Free or AdwCleaner (all are free). We advise you use automatic removal method which will help you to get rid of Westen-z.life ads easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you’re well versed in system or in the case where ad-supported software is not uninstalled automatically. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your internet browser or reboot your PC.
How to remove Westen-z.life ads without any software
Most common adware may be removed without any antivirus software. The manual ad supported software removal is few simple steps that will teach you how to get rid of the Westen-z.life redirect.
Removing the Westen-z.life, check the list of installed software first
Check out the MS Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed software. We suggest to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious applications, they are the ones you need to uninstall.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows button, next press Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will display the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all programs installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort programs by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Remove Westen-z.life advertisements from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the adware, harmful and adware extensions, as well as to recover the internet browser’s newtab, homepage and search engine by default that have been modified by adware that causes lots of intrusive Westen-z.life pop-up advertisements.
- First, start the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Delete Westen-z.life redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to recover all browser homepage, newtab page and search engine by default you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of Westen-z.life from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
If the Firefox settings like start page, new tab and default search provider have been replaced by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page press on “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Confirm your action, press the “Refresh Firefox”.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
If the annoying Westen-z.life web-page opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all the tasks which have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will display a prompt which titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the image below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need delete this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ software, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious software. Once is complete, close the Task Scheduler window.
Clean up the browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by adware
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web browser, and not on any unknown file.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut that you use to launch your web browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the browser that is redirected to the Westen-z.life or other intrusive web-site.
Further, necessary to look at the text that is written in the “Target” field. The adware can rewrite the contents of this field, which describes the file to be run when you open your internet browser. Depending on the web browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text such as “http://site.addres” that has been added here, then you should remove it, like below.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you run the web browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the Westen-z.life web site or any other undesired web-sites. Once the step is done, we recommend to go to the next step.
Scan your computer and remove Westen-z.life advertisements with free utilities
The easiest way to delete Westen-z.life ads is to run an antimalware application capable of detecting this adware which developed to redirect your web browser to various ad web sites like Westen-z.life. We advise try Zemana Anti-malware or another free malicious software remover that listed below. It has excellent detection rate when it comes to ad-supported software, hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs.
How to remove Westen-z.life redirect with Zemana Anti-malware
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware which are completely clean your personal computer of the ad-supported software. The tool is an advanced malware removal application developed by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you get rid of potentially unwanted software, hijacker infections, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and adware that causes a huge number of annoying Westen-z.life popup advertisements.
- Download Zemana Free by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop.
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- When the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once setup is finished, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the ‘ad supported’ software which reroutes your web-browser to annoying Westen-z.life site.
- When that process is finished, Zemana Anti Malware will display a scan report. When you are ready, click “Next”. When the task is done, you can be prompted to reboot your machine.
Automatically remove Westen-z.life redirect with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to find adware and thereby get rid of Westen-z.life ads from your internet browsers. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically check and detect all threats present on the machine.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) by clicking on the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
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Update: November 9, 2017
Once downloading is finished, close all software and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is finished successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to start checking your system for the ad-supported software which cause undesired Westen-z.life pop-up ads to appear. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your system. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
After MalwareBytes Free completes the scan, a list of all threats found is produced. When you are ready, press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will start to remove adware that cause unwanted Westen-z.life ads to appear. When finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) to get rid of ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijacker infection and other malicious software.
Scan your system and delete Westen-z.life pop-up advertisements with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable application that scans your personal computer for ad supported software which causes annoying Westen-z.life pop ups, potentially unwanted applications and hijacker infections and allows remove them easily. Moreover, it’ll also allow you remove any malicious web browser extensions and add-ons.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the following link and save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
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Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
Once downloading is finished, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the utility is started, you will see a screen as displayed in the following example.
Further, click “Scan” button .AdwCleaner program will scan through the whole system for the ‘ad supported’ software that developed to reroute your internet browser to various ad web sites like Westen-z.life. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your system. Once AdwCleaner has completed scanning your PC system, AdwCleaner will open a list of detected items as displayed below.
Review the report and then press “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box as on the image below.
You need to press “OK”. After the clean up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC. When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block Westen-z.life pop ups and other undesired web-sites
We recommend to install an ad-blocker program which can stop Westen-z.life and other undesired sites. The ad blocking utility such as AdGuard is a program which basically removes advertising from the Web and stops access to malicious pages. Moreover, security experts says that using ad blocker programs is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Net.
Download AdGuard application by clicking on the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After the download is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. After the installation is done, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop ups, sites such Westen-z.life, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
Tips to prevent Westen-z.life pop up advertisements and other unwanted programs
Many programs made to show tons of intrusive ads within your machine’s web-browser. So, when you installing free programs, carefully read the disclaimers, select the Custom or Advanced installation mode to watch for additional software that are being installed, because some of the software are potentially unwanted applications such as this adware that causes a lot of annoying Westen-z.life pop-up advertisements.
To sum up
Now your machine should be clean of the ‘ad supported’ software which causes undesired Westen-z.life pop-up ads. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana Free (to periodically scan your PC system for new ‘ad supported’ softwares and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you block intrusive advertisements and malicious web-pages). Moreover, to prevent adwares, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to scan for PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Westen-z.life redirect related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.