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Remove “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up (Removal Guide) - Nov 2017 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Desktop Weather Alerts application displays numerous ads that might redirect to highly suspicious websites

Desktop Weather Alerts virus generates continuous pop-ups that might lead to vague websites

Desktop Weather virus is an unreliable application offered online for free. Initially, it should provide weather forecast and inform about the possible changes of weather conditions in your local area. However, despite the developers claims that it is a handy tool, security experts from[1] classify it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[2].

Users should be aware that the primary goal of the Desktop Weather app is not to improve their browsing experience but rather to generate annoying ads that might show up as:

  • banners;
  • in-texts;
  • pop-ups;

Desktop Weather ads are typically filled with sponsored links that are displayed just for making people visit specific websites and seeking to increase their web traffic or sales in this way. However, the biggest problem is that you might be redirected to unknown websites because the developers of such programs are hardly checking what third parties they promote through their ads.

As you can see, apart from providing weather-related information, this browser add-on might put your computer at risk. Hence, you should remove Desktop Weather Alerts from the computer and look up for a more reliable application. Besides, if this app appeared on the PC suddenly, you should also scan the computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other anti-malware programs.

Desktop Weather Alerts pop-up tracks browsing-related information about its users
Desktop Weather Alerts virus attracts users to download ad-supported program by providing information about weather forecast.

Apart from suspicious Desktop Weather redirect issues, this browser add-on might also track information about the users. As soon as it gets inside the system, it modifies the settings of each web browser installed on the computer. It might install cookies or employ other tracking technologies[3] and start collecting data about your browsing habits and history.

The app may be interested in various non-personal information

After reading the privacy policy and similar information given by its developers, it becomes clear that the app is interested in the following information:

  • Your most visited websites;
  • Data that you enter when visiting them;
  • Your PC's IP address
  • Geolocation;
  • Your email address, etc.

This activity is not as harmless as you may think from the first sight. No matter that such data is considered as personally non-identifiable, it may be revealed to suspicious third parties that might try to use it for very questionable activities. Desktop Weather Alerts removal helps to prevent from these possible threats and protect personal information from shady businesses or advertising networks.

Potentially unwanted program (PUP) is hidden in the installer of regular application

Developers offer the unreliable application as a useful tool for those who opt to follow the weather changes. However, the deceptive description is only a marketing trick to lure as many users as possible to download the Desktop Weather virus.

Besides, according to the research it is mostly spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware. This distribution method is unfair because people are hardly warned how many programs they will install on their computers.

If you want to avoid Desktop Weather or similar programs, you have to choose a Custom or Advanced settings when installing freeware on your computer. In addition, you have to uncheck these checkboxes that say that you agree to install optional programs. As you already know, if it infiltrates your computer, it affects all web browsers that can be found on the system.

Quickly get rid of Desktop Weather Alerts pop-up

As it is mentioned above, this ad-supported application is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). In other terms, it is not a malicious virus, but its behavior might earn the so-called virus name. Remember, that don't have to tolerate arbitrary actions of the Desktop Weather virus. Simply uninstall it as an ordinary application or browser extension.

In order to remove Desktop Weather Alerts virus manually, please follow our prepared instructions below. Please follow them carefully. It’s important to locate and delete all suspicious components not only from the computer but the browsers as well. Once it’s done, you should also reset your browsers to get rid of tracking cookies and prevent suspicious companies from monitoring your behavior online.

However, you can speed up Desktop Weather Alerts removal by scanning the computer with the anti-malware program. Your chosen software will terminate adware-related files within several minutes.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up, follow these steps:

Get rid of “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up from Windows systems

If you encountered Desktop Weather Alerts, guidelines provided below will help you to get rid of it from your Windows operating system.

  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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up and related programs
    Here, look for “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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'

Delete “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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'

Uninstall “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up from Internet Explorer (IE)

In order to properly remove Desktop Weather, uninstall all related entries from the list of add-ons and reset your Internet Explorer browser.

  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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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, “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix your Mozilla firefox browser, remove all suspicious extensions that might be linked to Desktop Weather virus and reset it. If you need assistance, follow the steps below:

  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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up 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 “Desktop Weather Alerts” pop-up removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Tyler says:
    April 28th, 2015 at 1:59 am

    I wish I had known this sooner because I didnt mind the occasional popups, but just recently it spammed it and crashed my computer. If only I had known of this sooner!

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