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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

WhatsAppTimeWhatsAppTime 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 Intego 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 detailsWhatsAppTime 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 publisherDespite 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:

To remove WhatsappTime from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  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 entries related to WhatsappTime (or any other recently installed 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.

Get rid of WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete WhatsappTime 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 WhatsappTime-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

Remove WhatsappTime from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

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 plugins that are related to WhatsappTime and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  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

In case WhatsappTime did not get removed after following the instructions above, 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 – this should complete WhatsappTime removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase WhatsappTime from Google Chrome

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 WhatsappTime 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the WhatsappTime-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 to complete WhatsappTime removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate WhatsappTime from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to WhatsappTime 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

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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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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