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Remove WhatsappTime (Free Guide) - updated Dec 2019

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Adware

WhatsappTime is an application that lets users chat via their Desktops, also collects and shares user information

WhatsAppTime
WhatsAppTime is an application that allows users to use WhatsApp via Windows computer

WhatsappTime is an application developed by a developer SoftNinjas and allows users to use WhatsApp on Windows desktop computers (the application is generally designed for Android and iOS devices). There are several other similar programs developed with similar functionality, although they are designed for Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and others. Nevertheless, WhatsappTime authors are not affiliated with these massively popular social network services.

Questions about WhatsappTime

WhatsappTime is distributed via third-party websites like Softonic, Softpedia, and similar ones, although users might also download it via the official site or find it on their systems unexpectedly after the installation of other freeware (due to software bundling).[1] While might find WhatsappTime functionality useful, they should also be aware that if this program entered without notification, there might be potentially unwanted programs present on the machine. Additionally, the application gathers a variety of information which might be shared with third parties for marketing purposes.

Name WhatsappTime
Type Potentially unwanted program
Developer SoftNinjas
Distribution The application can be download from third-party sites that often bundle software, although users can also download it from the official website
Risks  The official website is not using a secure SSL certificate (communications via HTTP are not encrypted), rendering it vulnerable to cyberattacks; the main installer is not signed, which compromises its integrity 
Termination Check out manual removal instructions below; a scan with anti-malware is also recommended
Recovery & optimization  In case you downloaded an infected installer, you should also use Reimage Reimage Cleaner to repair the system after malware infection 

While WhatsappTime does not hijack Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. and does not disturb web browsing sessions with intrusive pop-up ads, there are several indicators which do not meat the requirements of what a safe application should be, and it is advised users do not delay WhatsappTime removal.

First of all, WhatsappTime does not use a valid SSL certificate[2] on the official website, meaning that it is very vulnerable to cyberattacks. For example, malicious actors could intercept the website and insert a malicious installer and name it the same way (WhatsappTime.15.2.1dp3.exe). However, once this would be executed, users might find their machines infected with a rootkit,[3] worm, trojan, ransomware, or other dangerous malware.

Besides, the information that is put into a site that is not SSL protected might be stolen and used for malicious purposes, such as fraud. This is one of the reasons why you should never install WhatsappTime in the first place.

WhatsAppTime gathers details
WhatsAppTime is an app that is distributed via an official website, as well as third-parties

Secondly, the installer of WhatsappTime is not verified, and publisher status during the installation is “unknown.” This is another threat to the system, as there are verification or standards that the installer is based on. In other words, you might install something you did not intend in the first place.

WhatsappTime may also collect some information about users and might even share it with third-parties, as disclosed on the official website:

We may share or sell information with third parties for marketing or other purposes. – To run a promotion, contest, survey or other Site feature To send Users information they agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to them.

While for some, this is not a big deal, others might find this quite intrusive behavior, which will make them remove WhatsappTime altogether.

Ways the program is distributed

WhatsappTime has its own website, but mainly it spreads through a software distribution method called bundling. It means that this program is spread together with freeware and shareware. Unfortunately, there is no specific list of programs that could bundle the app, so we recommend you to be cautious whenever you download free programs on your PC. Make sure you install them without rushing.

To install the software correctly and avoid unwanted apps alongside your preferred one, make sure you configure the 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 on your system, and now you want to remove it, please follow WhatsappTime removal instructions that are provided on the following page.

WhatsAppTime unknown publisher
Despite being useful due to its functionality, WhatsAppTime does not use adequate protection to avoid attacks from outside sources

WhatsappTime removal instructions

As a general rule, WhatsappTime removal should not be that of a complicated procedure. All users have to do is access the Control Panel and view the installed program list. However, if there are other potentially unwanted programs present on the computer, or you installed a malicious version of WhatsappTime virus, its termination might be a little tricky.

First of all, remove WhatsappTime manually as per our instructions below. You should then check for other apps you do not recognize, and delete them as well. However, if malware is involved, it obviously not going to be visible via Programs & Features section. 

Therefore, you should scan your machine with anti-malware software, as it can detect all the malicious components and terminate them as required. Note, make sure that your security tool is up to date before performing a scan. Finally, as a final removal step, you should also reset the installed browsers in case potentially unwanted programs hijacked them.

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To remove WhatsappTime, follow these steps:

Eliminate WhatsappTime from Windows systems

To remove WhatsappTime from Windows, follow these instructions:

  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'

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

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.

Remove WhatsappTime from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox after you eliminate all the potentially unwanted apps:

  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

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

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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  1. StevieBrock says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Very informative article, I have learned a lot. Now I will know that default and standard settings when installing new apps are untrustworthy. I have never thought about it before. Thanks!:]

  2. Chung.su says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Hey guys! I just wanted to drop a comment and say thanx – the information on this article helped me to remove WhatsappTime virus from my PC. Good luck, yall 🙂

  3. Tobias says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I also want to say that WhatsappTime does not work as promised! You do not get any messages from your contacts. It is a complete trash – do not install it. I would even say change your whatsapp password after an attempt to log into WhatsappTime…

  4. Vawawoom says:
    February 24th, 2016 at 8:49 am

    thanks, removed it! 😀

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