Weevah virus (Removal Guide) - May 2020 update

Weevah virus Removal Guide

What is Weevah virus?

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

Weevah redirect Weevah virus is a program that initiates system changes without any approval of its victim. Additionally, it redirects you to sponsored sites.

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 FortectIntego 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 FortectIntego. 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 FortectIntego. 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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Getting rid of Weevah virus. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

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

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash) Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove an unwanted app, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

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

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Weevah registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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