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Remove Weevah virus (Removal Guide) - May 2020 update

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Weevah virus is a potentially unwanted application that redirects users to weevah2.top and similar ad-filled sites

Weevah redirect  

Weevah virus is a potentially unwanted program that causes constant redirects to Weevah2.top, launchpage.org, or other sites that might seem unfamiliar for you. The main purpose of the browser hijacker is to deliver pop-ups, in-text links, redirects, banners, coupons, and other commercial content to benefit financially via the pay-per-click[1] scheme.

In most cases, users get infected with Weevah or Weevah2 virus unintentionally during the installation of freeware/shareware apps downloaded from third-party websites. Alternatively, many may have installed the app after being tricked by a fake update, attractive ad, or intentionally without knowing much about the hijacker's functionality and the impact on daily browsing activities. While browser hijackers like Weevah are not considered to be a major threat, its presence might relate to privacy issues and even malware infections.

Name Weevah virus
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms Delivers intrusive content, redirects to questionable sites, promotes fake tools and software
main sites promoted Launchpage.org, Weevah2.top
Distribution While in some cases users install PUPs intentionally without knowing much about apps' operation, usually the infiltration occurs during the installation of freeware or shareware downloaded from third-party websites
Elimination You can follow manual elimination guide as explained below or employ anti-malware tool which is capable of detecting potentially unwanted programs 
Optimization If you found malware on your computer, we recommend scanning it with repair software Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix damaged system files

Weevah virus has been spreading for several years now, and it seems that it is still actively affecting users' computers. For this reason, many are asking what is weevah2.top and why it is showing up on the browser so frequently. As mentioned above, the hijack occurs due to the installation of a potentially unwanted program, and since users rarely notice its infiltration, the post-infection activities (ads, redirects, browsers slowdowns) often come as a surprise.

If your browser delivers messages about Weevah2.top not uploading or connecting to Weevah2.top status, you have this hijacker on your device. Additional symptoms of the unwanted program:

  • you are interrupted by advertisements which are injected into your favorite web pages;
  • you continuously see banners, pop-up windows and different content promoting never-seen software;
  • text on pages randomly turns into hyperlinks;
  • unwanted extensions, tools or bookmarks are added to your browser without your knowledge.

Another fact that is not known for people infected with Weevah2 virus is its ability to initiate a silent data tracking that allows its developers to know your IP address, location, search queries, most visited sites and other online browsing preferences. This information can be used to create more personalized ads, but it can also be sold to unfair third parties seeking to misuse it for malicious deeds. 

These are the main characteristics of the browser hijacker, and you should consider the elimination immediately after noticing any of this. The more time you give for the virus, the more changes to your browser or device, in general, it can make. You can remove Weevah virus by uninstalling related tools or programs and cleaning the system with your antivirus.

Also, you can proceed with Weevah virus removal with your anti-virus software and then fix the virus damage with tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Scan the system to see if there is any malware and clean the device thoroughly. Since there is a possibility, you have additional PUPs[2] this full system scan improves the performance of your device.

Weevah virusWeevah virus is a potentially unwanted program that has been redirecting to Weevah2.top, Launchpage.org and other questionable domains.  

Freeware installer includes additional installs 

You should always pay more attention when installing software and applications. Researchers[3] advise choosing reputable sources for your software and updates to avoid potentially unwanted programs. However, people still tend to use p2p networks and get their programs from questionable sources. 

This option and a habit of skipping through steps during installations keep you at high-risk of getting cyber intruders on the system without consent. During freeware installations, there is an option to take Advanced or Default route. If you choose the Quick/Default installation, you agree to everything, and that include additional programs like adware or browser hijacker.

Opting for Advanced or Custom installations allows you to de-select unwanted applications and control what you are getting. Unfortunately, if you already got unwanted programs on your device, employ trustworthy anti-malware and get rid of them.

For Weevah virus removal, you should choose a reputable program

To remove Weevah virus properly and clean the system further, you should use anti-malware software. We have a few suggestions below, but you can use any tool of your choice. However, choosing a trustworthy tool can improve the whole virus elimination process and will give you better results. 

However, for a full Weevah virus removal, you can also follow the steps provided by our experts. Note that it is essential to follow every step in the instruction given below carefully because you can get rid of needed system components and applications. Of course, scanning the system thoroughly is also recommended as it is the easiest way to make sure that there are no threats running in the background.

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 Weevah virus, follow these steps:

Remove Weevah from Windows systems

Remove Weevah virus, Launchpage and similar hijackers from your WIndows system by following these steps:

  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 Weevah and related programs
    Here, look for Weevah 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 Weevah 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

Get rid of Weevah 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 Weevah 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'

Delete Weevah from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Weevah and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Weevah removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Weevah virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Weevah-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Weevah from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You need to wipe your browser clean if you want to get rid of constant redirects and pop-up ads:

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

Uninstall Weevah from Google Chrome

To get rid of Weevah2.top redirect issue on Chrome browser, use the guide below:

  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 Weevah 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 Weevah removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Weevah 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 Weevah or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Weevah, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 Weevah removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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