Desktop Weather Ads Overview
READERS, BEWARE! READ THIS SECTION! I apologize for the inconvenient way of getting your attention, but it is important that you read the following few paragraphs. If you are reading this, you have identified that you’ve been infected by a virus called Desktop Weather Ads . What you probably don’t know however is that its type, adware (from ad and malware), is famous for exploiting users into giving it enough access to their PCs that it can install more of its kind or worse – ransomware, which can lock up the majority of your personal files and ask for money in order to give you the key to open them. Adware are not dangerous on their own, however they crate a big security whole that can lead to a disaster. Since you are already infected and we can not prevent the virus from entering, we want to list the most widely used tricks Desktop Weather Ads has ups it sleeve. If you know them, chances are, you will be fine for the time being:
- The most famous trick is what’s billed ” a fake update.” And that’s what it is in essence. You will likely start seeing pop-up messages that Java, Flash Player or windows are in need of immediate renewal. These may look legitimate, and in truth, there isn’t a whole lot to distinct them from the real deal, at least superficially. However, if you simply do not agree and ignore the messages you should be fine. One warning though – these are not necessarily limited to web pages; you may encounter them on your PC.
- Desktop Weather Ads may also pose as an anti-virus program that is concerned for your safety. Kaspersky and Norton are the usual choices here, but there are others. Do not agree to any prompts about scanning your PC or “searching the dedicated database.”
- Possibly some banners will appear near the header and footer sections on websites, calling you to install missing plugins of some sort.
- Video streaming websites may become practically unusable, as a pop-up will cover the video you want to view, asking for the installation of a newer piece of software or something like this. Unfortunately there’s no way to really get rid of these. Avoid clicking the “close” sign, since this is a thumbnail and it will likely open anyway.
How Desktop Weather Ads got on your PC
Chances are you were infected by Desktop Weather Ads through another program – either trough a fake one, or through a free one. Fake programs are basically .exe files hidden under the names of popular search terms for movies, books, torrents, etc. The only thing they have on their side is some shock value. You expect a movie file, not an .exe file.
Free programs on the other hand are very different. They can be real, often useful programs, BUT! the big but is here, the people who give them for a free download have to make money somehow, right? And they way they do it is by bundling viruses with their creations. Fortunately for you, though, there IS a very good way to spot them. Because the people who create them are afraid someone might sue them, often during the setup of the free program, there is a hidden disclosure. It’s somewhere along the steps, so always pay attention and choose the Custom Install option. If you see something like this, simply exit the setup and look for another program:
How to Remove Desktop Weather Ads
Our first step here is a reboot in Windows Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7 Users:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the window of time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. In the new menu, choose Safe Mode With Networking.
Proceed to Step 2.
For Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Users:
Press the Windows Key and R at the same time. Select the Boot tab in the new window that appears.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the new pop-up.
Proceed to Step 2.
For OS X Users:
When you Mac is turned off, press the Power Button. After you hear the Startup Sound, immediately press and hold the Shift key until the Apple logo appears.
Proceed to Step 2.
Desktop Weather Ads has infected ALL of your browsers. Apply the steps separately for each one.
For Internet Explorer Users:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Desktop Weather Ads . Disable it.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
For Mozilla Firefox Users:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons.
Hit Extensions next.
Desktop Weather Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
For Google Chrome Users:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions.
In Extensions, find the virus and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search (the fourth tab), select Manage Search Engines. Remove anything but the search engines you normally use.
For Safari Users:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
(Works for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1)
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Desktop Weather Ads and anything else suspicious-looking. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
This is perhaps the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can. If the virus returns later on after you supposedly removed it, the reason is that you missed something here.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
STEP 5 – Optimization
And that’s it. Well done for removing Desktop Weather Ads . We’ve prepared a short and sweet optimization guide, specifically designed for users who just removed a virus. It is completely free, you do not need to download anything, and it’s not very time consuming. If you are interested, you can check it out here.