FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

How to uninstall the WeekiPedia adware from your operating system?

Also Known As: Ads by WeekiPedia
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is WeekiPedia?

WeekiPedia is a rogue application promoted as an easy access tool to Wikipedia - the multilingual open-collaborative online encyclopedia. In other words, this app enables users to access Wikipedia straight from their desktops.

WeekiPedia is classified as adware; it operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns. Additionally, most adware-types have data tracking abilities, which are employed to spy on users' browsing activity.

Due to the dubious methods used to distribute WeekiPedia, it is also categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

WeekiPedia adware

WeekiPedia adware in detail

Adware enables the placement of third-party graphical content on any visited website and/or different interfaces. The displayed ads can be pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, and so on.

These advertisements severely diminish the browsing quality by limiting webpage visibility and browsing speed. They are also misleading, untrustworthy, and even harmful.

Intrusive adverts redirect to various sale-based pages (of both legitimate and fraudulent products), rogue, unreliable, deceptive/scam, compromised, and malicious sites. Furthermore, some of these ads can stealthily download/install software (e.g., PUAs) - when they are clicked on.

Adware usually has data tracking functionalities. Targeted information includes: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, IP addresses/ geolocations, personally identifiable details, and so forth.

The gathered data is monetized by being shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals). In summary, the presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Ads by WeekiPedia
Threat Type Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Supposed Functionality Easy access to Wikipedia
Detection Names (application) ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Adware.BookLot.A), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (installer) ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Adware.BookLot.A), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.
Distribution Methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
▼ Download Combo Cleaner
To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available.

Adware in general

ChumpFree Xbox Codes 2021- Xbox Gift card codesYoutubeDownloader, and Oxford Dictionary are some examples of adware. This software appears ordinary and harmless.

Users are enticed into download/installation with offers of various "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, the promised functions are seldom operational.

Luring users with nonexistent functionalities is typical of practically all PUAs. The only goal of unwanted apps is to generate profit for the developers; hence, functionality and user safety are irrelevant.

PUAs are designed to deliver intrusive advert campaigns, force-open untrustworthy and malicious websites, hijack browsers, and collect private data.

How did WeekiPedia install on my computer?

Some PUAs (e.g., WeekiPedia) have "official" promotional/download webpages. They are also distributed through intrusive advertisements. Once clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.

PUAs are most commonly proliferated via downloaders/installers of other programs. "Bundling" is the name of this false marketing technique - packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the device.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is advised to always research software products prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, only official and verified download channels must be used. Untrustworthy download sources, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third-party downloaders - often offer bundled and hazardous content.

When downloading/installing, it is recommended to read terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opt-out from supplementary apps, tools, functions, and so forth.

Intrusive adverts appear legitimate and innocuous; however, they redirect to various questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-sating, etc.).

In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be checked and all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with WeekiPedia, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.

WeekiPedia adware's installation setup:

WeekiPedia adware installer

Website used to promote WeekiPedia adware:

WeekiPedia adware promoting website

Instant automatic malware removal: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
▼ DOWNLOAD Combo Cleaner By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available.

Quick menu:

WeekiPedia adware removal:

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

WeekiPedia adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "WeekiPedia", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes WeekiPedia ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove WeekiPedia adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, WeekiPedia did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing WeekiPedia  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing WeekiPedia ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weekipedia, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing WeekiPedia ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing WeekiPedia ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with ads by weekipedia removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weekipedia, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove ads by weekipedia from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on ads by weekipedia or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Click to post a comment

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

PCrisk security portal is brought by a company RCS LT. Joined forces of security researchers help educate computer users about the latest online security threats. More information about the company RCS LT.

Our malware removal guides are free. However, if you want to support us you can send us a donation.

Removal Instructions in other languages
Software uninstall instructions
Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

QR Code
Ads by WeekiPedia QR code
Scan this QR code to have an easy access removal guide of Ads by WeekiPedia on your mobile device.
We Recommend:

Get rid of Windows malware infections today:

▼ REMOVE IT NOW
Download Combo Cleaner

Platform: Windows

Editors' Rating for Combo Cleaner:
Editors ratingOutstanding!

[Back to Top]

To use full-featured product, you have to purchase a license for Combo Cleaner. 7 days free trial available.