What is Weekly Stock Loader?
While checking out deceptive sites, we discovered the Weekly Stock Loader browser extension. It is promoted as a tool that provides weekly information about users' favorite stocks. However, our analysis of Weekly Stock Loader revealed that it operates as advertising-supported software (adware).
Weekly Stock Loader adware overview
Adware is designed to run intrusive advertisement campaigns, i.e., display ads on visited websites and/or different interfaces. The adverts endorse various scams (e.g., phishing, tech support, giveaway, etc.), untrustworthy/harmful software (e.g., adware, browser hijackers, etc.), and malware (e.g., trojans, ransomware, etc.).
Furthermore, some intrusive advertisements are capable of performing stealthy downloads/installations upon being clicked.
It is pertinent to mention that any genuine content encountered through these ads is most likely promoted by scammers who abuse its affiliate programs in order to acquire illegitimate commissions.
Advertising-supported software might not deliver advertisements if certain conditions are unsuitable, e.g., incompatible browser/system specs or user geolocation, particular websites not visited, etc. However, even if Weekly Stock Loader does not display adverts – its presence on a system endangers device/user safety.
What is more, this rogue browser extension spies on users' browsing activity. Targeted data may include: visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials (usernames/passwords), credit card numbers, etc. The collected information can be sold to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
To summarize, the presence of software like Weekly Stock Loader on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Weekly Stock Loader|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Browser Extension(s)||Weekly Stock Loader|
|Supposed Functionality||Providing weekly stock information|
|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)||
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Advertising-supported software tends to appear legitimate and advantageous. Users are enticed into download/installation with a wide variety of useful features. However, these functionalities seldom work as promised, and in most cases – they are utterly nonoperational. Keep in mind that software functionality is not proof of either legitimacy or safety.
How did Weekly Stock Loader install on my computer?
We obtained Weekly Stock Loader from its "official" download webpage and found a deceptive site pushing this browser extension. Users typically access pages of this kind via redirects caused by misspelled URLs, websites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or adware (with browser force-opening abilities).
Additionally, intrusive advertisements can infiltrate advertising-supported software into systems. When clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to perform downloads/installations without user consent.
"Bundling" – packing regular program installers with unwanted/malicious supplements – is used to proliferate adware. Downloading from dubious channels (e.g., freeware and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushing through installation processes (e.g., using "Easy/Express" settings, etc.) – increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly recommend researching software prior to download/installation. Furthermore, all downloads must be performed from official and verified sources. Installation must be treated with caution, e.g., by reading terms, inspecting available options, using "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opting-out of additional apps, extensions, etc.
We advise being careful when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears legitimate/innocuous. For example, intrusive advertisements may look harmless yet redirect to unreliable/questionable websites (e.g., pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Weekly Stock Loader, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of Weekly Stock Loader adware's "official" promotional website:
Screenshot of a deceptive website used to promote Weekly Stock Loader adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Weekly Stock Loader?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Weekly Stock Loader" and all other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weekly stock loader, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Computer users who have problems with ads by weekly stock loader removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weekly stock loader, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware can diminish the browsing experience and system performance. It is also considered to be a privacy thread since this software usually has data-tracking functionalities. Adware displays ads that promote deceptive/malicious content, which can cause severe issues such as system infections, financial losses, etc.
What does adware do?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software. It operates by running intrusive advertisement campaigns (i.e., displaying ads on various interfaces). Additionally, some types can cause redirects and collect private information.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Most of the profit comes from affiliate programs in the form of commissions for the promotion of various websites, applications, products, and other content.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Weekly Stock Loader adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of scanning computers and eliminating detected adware-type apps. Keep in mind that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be a perfect solution. In some instances, even after the advertising-supported software has been manually removed – various components (files) remain hidden within the system. Furthermore, the remnants may continue to run and cause problems. Hence, adware must be removed thoroughly.