Wind Blocker browser extension (fake) - Free Instructions

Wind Blocker browser extension Removal Guide

What is Wind Blocker browser extension?

Wind Blocker is a browser extension that tries to lure users in with false claims

Wind Blocker browser extensionThe browser extension acts as a useful program, but users are not happy with the performance

Wind Blocker browser extension is the particular add-on that can change the data on web browsers and alter particular content you constantly see on the screen. The promotional material claims that the extension has adblocker functions and should eliminate advertisements, other deceptive or intrusive content. When in reality this is the adware/ hijacker or a general PUP. This is the add-on that can sometimes be trusted by people who fall for the claims and promotional content online. There are no particular functions that could be considered needed.

If you installed the program yourself, you might be unsatisfied as other people who wrote negative reviews[1] for the program online. Despite that, this app is still distributed and has no flags from AV engines or security program providers. Wind Blocker browser extension is useless, and there is no particular value in having the app, so remove it right away.

NAME Wind Blocker
TYPE Browser plugin; hijacker/ adware; potentially unwanted program
SYMPTOMS Installed unknown browser extension or application; possible homepage and new tab address changes; redirects to ad-filled, scam, phishing, and other dangerous websites
DISTRIBUTION Software bundles, third-party websites, deceptive ads, fake Flash Player updates, promotional pages
DANGERS Redirects to malicious websites can result in unwanted site notifications, personal information disclosure to unknown parties (cybercriminals), monetary losses, installation of other potentially unwanted programs/malware
ELIMINATION To get rid of unwanted extensions manually, you can follow our removal guide below. If the unwanted ads and other disruptive behavior does not stop, you should scan your computer with security software and eliminate the threat automatically
FURTHER STEPS Malware or adware infections can diminish the performance of your computer or cause serious stability issues. Use ReimageIntego to remediate your device and ensure that the virus damage is fixed

What is this browser extension?

Wind Blocker browser extension can fall under the category of adware that is a type of program which delivers pop-ups, coupons, and other advertisements. These ads severely diminish the browsing experience by either giving away unwanted material such as sales or advertising websites with malicious intent. It can be downloaded onto your computer when clicked on commercial sites without permission from you in some cases to install shady software like PUAs (potentially insecure applications).

The program itself causes advertisements, commercial content redirects, and similar issues with the online material instead of acting like an adblocker. People might even fall for the promotional pieces online and think that this is a proper ad-blocking tool or even the official application. Do not fall for such tricks and note that if the piece is developed by the company, you will find it on the official website.

Wind Blocker is promoted as the proper Mozilla Firefox extension but is not related to the developers of this application or any other legitimate tool, software creators. This program is unwanted and can cause ads, redirects, alterations to the settings of your machine or the browser. You should get rid of it if you noticed any issues.

Wind Blocker add-onThe browser extension is promoted online, but related changes can be intrusive and dangerous

Only by removing the intrusive program and all the intrusive and related apps you can stop those redirects, pop-ads, issues triggered by the cyber threat. Make sure to remove the Wind Blocker browser extension from your machine with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes, so the PUP is terminated. Then, and only then, you can run through the settings on the browser. That may be needed for other browsers. If you think you need to reset the browser fully – move to the bottom.

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 Mozilla 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

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

Do not believe all the claims online – some sites are malicious

Wind Blocker browser extension can look promising because various online websites show the application as a fast, powerful ad-blocking tool. When there are many ad-supported pages and commercial content creators who use shady tactics it is common for people to look for reliable tools for their browsers.

However, PUP developers often rely on users' habits to get their own value from there. First of all, habits of skipping through steps during installation procedures get used, so people who tend to choose quick options like recommended or straight-up skip through the torrent site warnings can get the PUP added without notice.

If you avoid torrent sites in the first place, this can be avoided. But users tend to use free options like pirating services[2] and pages, so Wind Blocker can spread around alongside other PUPs and browser-based threats. Be more cautious online because misleading and deceptive pop-ups can trigger various serious changes. If you are concerned about your other browsers, o might want to check them throughout and remove any suspicious extensions yourself.

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

Dangers behind the cyber infections

Official promotional/ download pages are also disseminated through bundling marketing methods. These apps like adware or browser hijackers can be executed more quickly if they're rushed to install. This process increases the risk of installing unwanted content on your system without you knowing about it.

Unfortunately, Wind Blocker infiltration could end up being an infection of the more dangerous threat or some other cybercriminals product depending upon the related actor. If an ad for these applications does not convince its viewer enough after one viewing- perhaps due to too slow loading speeds.

Advertisers try to increase the reach so these particular ads can appear more often on the screen and gather more details about your habits online. That information helps to provide more personalized ads and include you in campaigns targeting habits and preferences.

However, even with the increased amount of ads and the developers of the content can access those personal details besides the Wind Blocker add-on itself. This is the issue related to privacy issues and unethical data tracking tactics. You may not only get exposed to unwanted content online but also experience privacy issues when this data is charged with the wrong people. Experts[3] always find that third-party advertisers use more intrusive methods than the PUP that is promoted.

It is important to properly clear the machine to get rid of unwanted pop-ups, banners, and other content. You can achieve the best results with the programs designed to clear the system fully. However, make sure to remove the PUP fully and then go to your web browsing tools to delete the unwanted apps fully and then stop the Wind Blocker browser extension.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 Wind Blocker browser extension. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

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 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

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 Wind Blocker browser extension 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: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

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