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Remove WeatherWidget ads (Free Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

WeatherWidget virus is not as harmless as it looks from the first sight. Technically, it is a potentially unwanted program, which starts causing commercial notifications right after installing it on the system. Nevertheless, WeatherWidget ads can lead you to questionable websites filled with other PUPs or even viruses. The easiest way to prevent their appearance on your computer is to stay away from this adware-type application as far as you can. Of course, we should add that it may show up on your machine without installing it because its developers have been actively using “bundling” distribution technique. If you have become its victim, you should waste no time and remove WeatherWidget virus.

Why should you avoid WeatherWidget ads?

Right after WeatherWidget is installed to the computer, it immediately infiltrates Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari browsers. After all these changes, it starts generating commercial pop-up ads each time user launches his/hers browser. These notifications are usually displayed with such labels as “Ads by WeatherWidget”, “Brought to you by WeatherWidget”, “Powered by WeatherWidget”, “WeatherWidget ads”, etc., so it is impossible to miss them. No matter how safe these ads look, you must keep in mind that in most cases they are used to redirect you to third party websites which may contain other potentially unwanted programs or even malware. You should also remember that WeatherWidget may also affect your computer’s performance as well. Due to the non-stop flow of advertising content, various applications that are installed on your computer might start crashing. At first, these inconveniences may not seem to be related to the existence of this adware, however, after WeatherWidget removal, things get back to normal.

WeatherWidget adware showcases various advertisements

Questions about WeatherWidget ads

Another thing you should know about the outcomes of WeatherWidget hijack is that this software can be used to gather personally non-identifiable information about the user. Commonly, adware-type programs are used to collect data about victim’s browsing activities and habits. After the data is collected, it may be shared with third-parties, which then can use it for various purposes, for example, bulk users with spam emails or user-oriented ads.Therefore, if you do not want to be continuously tracked, and you want your computer and all applications to function properly, you should remove WeatherWidget from your computer as soon as possible. For that, you can use anti-spyware software, for instance, Reimage, or simply uninstall it manually using instructions given on page 2.

How did WeatherWidget install on my computer?

Usually, adware, browser hijackers and similar PUP is silently installed on computer when bundled with other free software. You can end up with this adware after installing download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software, etc. Adware developers are aware of the fact that the most of the users skip some (or sometimes all) steps of installation to install the software faster. Thus, additional programs, such as WeatherWidget, are commonly embedded within Standard or Default options. Luckily, you can avoid adware by choosing Custom or Advanced settings and deselecting all the unwanted components before installing your preferable software. These few simple steps can help you avoid computer security risks in the future and prevent WeatherWidget redirect issue on each of your web browsers.

How can I get rid of WeatherWidget virus?

In case you have already been infected with this potentially unwanted program, you need to remove it as soon as possible. You can get rid of it by using manual WeatherWidget removal guide, which is described below. Nevertheless, you must be very attentive while using these instructions to prevent system damage! Besides, you can delete this adware from your computer automatically with the help of reliable anti-malware software. As manual WeatherWidget removal can be rather a difficult thing to do, we strongly recommend choosing anti-malware software. This way it will not only remove WeatherWidget from the computer but also increase your computer security level and protect it from security threats in the future.

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 WeatherWidget ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of WeatherWidget 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 WeatherWidget and related programs
    Here, look for WeatherWidget 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'

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

Delete WeatherWidget 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, WeatherWidget should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase WeatherWidget 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 WeatherWidget 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 WeatherWidget removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate WeatherWidget 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 WeatherWidget 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 WeatherWidget removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of WeatherWidget 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 WeatherWidget 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 WeatherWidget removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. kin4d0m says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 11:09 am

    got this virus along some video player… I need antispyware because this is not the first time I accidentally install crapware!

  2. dontellem says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I dont like the fact that some programs are distributed in software packs… Thats not quite fair, especially because they do not let you know about additional components

  3. Christina says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 11:11 am

    me too, installed this malware by accident because no one told me about “additional” components

  4. Patrick9 says:
    April 29th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Not a virus? Thanks God… I literally thought this was a serious virus!

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