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Ads by StormCloud. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as StormCloud ads, StormCloud adware, StormCloud virus | Type: Adware

What is StormCloud?

There are hundreds of programs that have been created for affiliate marketing and are distributed on the Internet these days. Various adwares, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) are, usually, employed with an intention to drive visitors' traffic to predetermined websites, increase rank or sales for affiliate sites, collect pay-per-click revenue, collect information about users' web browsing habits and so on. Beware that all PUPs are very annoying, disruptive and posing harm to users' cyber security. StormCloud is just another program that belongs to this category and needs to be kept away from computers. Many people have already reported that they have noticed a widget on their desktops and have started seeing 'Ads by StormCloud', 'StormCloud Deals', 'Powered by StormCloud' and similarly marked advertisements on random websites that they visit. This app is supposed to inform people about recent weather forecast. However, in most of the cases, this application may deliver tons of commercial advertisements that may have nothing in common with the weather forecasts and may be filled with links to affiliate websites. In this way, StormCloud ads may be rerouted to questionable websites without suspecting that. In the worst case scenario, StormCloud redirects can make you visit unsafe websites where you may inadvertently click on a suspicious link and install a malicious program. By the way, consider privacy-related issues and ensure that you remove StormCloud virus in order to prevent leakage of such information as search terms, websites visited, data entered, clicks, IP address, email address, and so on. Beware that such and similar non-personal information may be used for tricking you, so don't wait for that and run a full system scan with Reimage as soon as this add-on gets inside the system.

How can StormCloud hijack my computer?

StormCloud may be found on several download websites. Earlier, it could also have been downloaded from its official website. However, these days this website can hardly be reached. That's because probably because it's spreading around using other methods. Fortunately, there are not many methods that are used for spreading such and similar potentially unwanted programs. Therefore, we can enumerate all of them here. First of all, you should avoid clicking on suspicious looking links and installers, especially when you are visiting unknown third-party websites. In addition to that, you should be extra careful with pop-up update alerts because they are usually filled with installers of adwares, browser hijackers or other PUPs. By the way, we highly recommend you to remove spam from your email without even opening it. That's because it may include attachments with installers or unwanted or even malicious programs. Finally, the most common way to spread PUPs is called 'bundling'. It would not be possible without freewares and sharewares. This method allows combining a freeware with several 'additional components' that, usually, belong to the category of unwanted programs. To avoid installing such a bundle, you should opt for Advanced or Custom installation whenever you are about to install a freeware and unmark tick that notify your agreement to install 'optional downloads'. In case you have just failed to do that and StormCloud redirects have recently started bothering you, you should follow the guide that is below and get rid of this adware right now.

How to remove StormCloud virus?

You can remove StormCloud automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove StormCloud ads, follow these steps:

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Remove StormCloud from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall StormCloud and related programs
    Here, look for StormCloud or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Uninstall StormCloud from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for StormCloud or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Delete StormCloud from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for StormCloud and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete StormCloud removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase StormCloud ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, StormCloud should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of StormCloud from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select StormCloud and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete StormCloud removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate StormCloud from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select StormCloud and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete StormCloud removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove StormCloud from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for StormCloud or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete StormCloud removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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