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removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser hijacker redirect virus – how does it operate? virus (by SaferBrowser) appears in the form of a browser extension that can affect the top three web browsers – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and also Internet Explorer. This piece of software is well-known as redirect virus, and it has earned such title due to its activity on the compromised PC. First of all, it adds World Wide Forecasts to user’s web browsers and also adds several tracking cookies to them. These cookies start working right away, and they gather accurate information about the victim – list of websites that the user has visited, computer’s IP address and geolocation, recent search queries made, and similar data. Sadly, no one asks the victim if he or she allows revealing such information. Typically, developers of such potentially unwanted applications claim that they gather particular information to “improve their service and deliver targeted advertisements,” however, commonly users are not satisfied with such activity and ads that show up later on. Then the indicated browser hijacker touches browser’s settings and alters homepage and default search settings. You probably now realize why this URL appears in your browser, we reckon. It inputs value in these settings, making the browser automatically load this site on startup.

Suspicious search results

Questions about virus

Inattentive PC users might not spot huge different between and other search engines because it looks completely harmless at first sight. However, users who start using it soon notice how suspicious this search engine is. They claim that it delivers too many sponsored search outcomes, making it hard to reach organic search results quickly. Besides, beware of redirect problem, which can suddenly redirect you to affiliate websites quickly. The only thing that you should know is that this browser hijacker has been created for monetization and that the described search engine is just a tool promoting affiliate websites. When users click on sponsored search results, developers of this hijacker generate pay-per-click revenue. Sadly, such clicks can open potentially dangerous Internet sites that we do not recommend visiting. If you wish to protect yourself from unwanted redirections, better remove hijacker now. Reimage can help you to do that, as well as removal instructions provided at the end of this post.

How can you protect your device from potentially unwanted programs?

PUPs can hijack the system in the blink of an eye as soon as the user hits “Install” button after downloading an entirely different piece of software. The sad truth is, many free programs bring additional pieces of software alongside them. Such software packs are identified as software bundles, and unfortunately, typically they consist of one safe program and several potentially unwanted ones. Unfortunately, computer users often do not understand how such additions enter the system if they do not give permissions to install them. You might be shocked, but the safe-looking Default or Standard installation settings typically include permissions to install all “recommended” software. That is why we tell computer users not to rely on them and choose Advanced or Custom mode instead. Choosing these settings reveals all additional applications added to your download and allows to refuse to install them.

How to remove

You can remove virus with the help of the removal guide that is provided below. We have written these instructions to explain to you what programs and browser extensions you should look for. In case you encounter problems when trying to complete removal, send us a question or just simply try the automatic removal option.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

Find and uninstall World Wide Forecasts program and everything developed by Safer Browser.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Remove from Mac OS X system

Remove World Wide Forecasts app and all apps associated with the infamous Safer Browser

  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 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'

Eliminate from Internet Explorer (IE)

Delete extensions, cookies, and other entries related to World Wide Forecasts app.

  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 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 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove World Wide Forecasts plug-in and other suspicious components, then reset browser settings using instructions provided 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 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall from Google Chrome

Clean Chrome browser by deleting World Wide Forecasts extension and tracking cookies related to it.

  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 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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  1. Heather says:
    September 27th, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Thanks – I have discovered components of this redirect virus in my computer. These instructions were really helpful! 🙂

  2. Lucas says:
    September 27th, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Just uninstalled it.

  3. Monavie says:
    September 27th, 2016 at 10:55 am

    This suspicious hijacker made me enter sites that suggest suspicious downloads… I dont trust it!

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