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WhatsappTime. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Let’s define what WhatsappTime virus is:

The developers of WhatsappTime presents this program in a very captivating way. They claim that it is a computer-based application that lets you use Whatsapp application directly from your desktop. The official website is filled with promising statements, such as “You’re gonna type a lot faster, Text Responsibly!” or “WhatsappTime allows you to use Whatsapp for PC completely full of charge. Originally made it for ourselves, realized it’s awesome and decided that everyone should enjoy it!” At the first glance, it might look that it is a really good application. However, we doubt that it is. First of all, the official website does not disclose what is the developer of this app. You can only find this puerile statement: “Made with love by a bunch of awesome dudes from around the globe.

We have done a research on this dubious program and found out that it is NOT a good program at all. In fact, it is deemed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and an adware due to the following reasons:

  1. This program uses stealthy installation techniques to get into victim’s computer without his/hers notice;
  2. It spies on victim’s browsing history;
  3. It generates annoying ads.

WhatsappTime hijack

This malicious adware shares the same qualities as other adware-type programs: Checked List, Generous Deal, and AnyFlix. One of the main features of these PUPs is that they claim to be beneficial programs that can improve your browsing experience. Meanwhile, these claims are nothing but empty promises.

Questions about WhatsappTime

After successfully installing itself on your computer, WhatsappTime malware produces pop-ups and intrusive ads which distract you and hinder your browsing. Besides, it secretly collects particular data about your browsing habits, such as what search terms do you use, what websites do you visit and so on. Therefore, keep in mind that the aim of this program is to promote affiliate marketing so be aware of the fact that the intrusive WhatsappTime ads and pop-ups can redirect you to potentially dangerous websites. Some of such sites may promote questionable software, so to prevent your computer from getting a virus infection, avoid clicking on ads by WhatsappTime. Moreover, we strongly recommend you to remove it from your system using a professional malware removal tool – Reimage.

How does WhatsappTime hijack computer systems?

WhatsappTime has its own website, but mainly it spreads through software distribution method called bundling. It means that this dubious program is spread together with freeware and shareware. Unfortunately, there is no specific list of programs that spread this PUP, so we recommend you to be cautious whenever you download free programs to your PC. Make sure you install them in a proper way.

To install software in a correct way and to avoid installing unexpected bonus apps alongside your preferred one, make sure you configure software’s installation settings. Set them to Advanced or Custom, and then deselect all offers to download and install optional freeware alongside the primary software.

If you have already installed WhatsappTime virus on your system, and now you want to remove it, please follow WhatsappTime removal instructions that are provided on the following page.

WhatsappTime removal techniques

It is essential to clean your computer from spyware and malware to ensure its normal functionality and to avoid cyber-attacks. As we have already mentioned, WhatsappTime virus can deliver various misleading ads for you, which can lead you to high-risk web sources. Although this program is not harmful itself, it definitely slows the computer system down and diminishes user’s browsing experience. Therefore, we recommend removing it from your system without a delay. You can do that manually (use a manual removal guide provided below), or automatically (use any of anti-malware programs that are listed below).

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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 WhatsappTime, follow these steps:

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Eliminate WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime and related programs
    Here, look for WhatsappTime 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'
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Uninstall WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime 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'
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Get rid of WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Delete WhatsappTime 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, WhatsappTime should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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