Severe Weather Alerts removal instructions
What is Severe Weather Alerts?
Created by Weather Notifications LLC, Severe Weather Alerts is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to enable users to check the current weather forecast via a desktop widget. While this functionality might seem useful and legitimate, be aware that Severe Weather Alerts is categorized as adware since it employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install on Internet browsers without users' consent. Bundling allows developers to stealthily distribute their applications together with other software, and for this reason, most users infect their computers with Severe Weather Alerts during download of free software from freeware download websites. Following stealth-infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Severe Weather Alert tracks users' Internet browsing activity as well as generating intrusive online advertisements.
These intrusive advertisements include redirects, sponsored links, pop-ups and banner ads linking to websites, which may contain adult content (for example, blood and gore, drugs, alcohol, erotica, etc.) It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will cause high-risk adware or malware infections. In addition, Severe Weather Alerts continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various software and hardware information including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, unique identifier numbers, browser types, cookies, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other similar details likely to be personally identifiable. Severe Weather Alerts is similar to other PUPs that employ bundling as an installation method. For example: WeatherBlink, LocalCrimeWatcher, FreeBillPayAlert, and Search Safer. These browser plug-ins are useless to the user - their purpose is to generate income by the display of intrusive online advertisements and redirecting users to other websites. The behavior of PUPs such as Severe Weather Alerts may lead to serious privacy issues or identity theft, and therefore, you are strongly advised to eliminate this adware from your computers.
Close examination of Severe Weather Alerts reveals that this adware is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and many others. Download managers are used by these websites as a free service monetization tool since they offer installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') browser extensions/computer widgets together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. Installation of Severe Weather Alerts, or other similar PUPs, can be prevented by paying close attention when downloading free software and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, all software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed Severe Weather Alerts and observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, read the following removal guide to eliminate this adware from your Internet browsers.
Severe Weather Alerts desktop widget:
Severe Weather Alerts installation setup:
Deceptive free software installers used in Severe Weather Alerts adware distribution:
Severe Weather Alerts adware generating intrusive online pop-up ads ('This ad served by Severe Weather Alerts'):
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- What is Severe Weather Alerts?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Severe Weather Alerts application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Severe Weather Alerts ads from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Severe Weather Alerts advertisements from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Ads by Severe Weather Alerts from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Severe Weather Alerts extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Severe Weather Alerts adware removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Severe Weather Alerts", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Severe Weather Alerts ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Severe Weather Alerts adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Severe Weather Alerts", select this entry and click "Remove". Note that Severe Weather Alerts ads can be caused by other adware. In the Manage Add-ons window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the severe weather alerts adware, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Severe Weather Alerts", select this entry and click the trash can icon. Note that Severe Weather Alerts ads can be caused by other adware. In the "extensions" window of Google Chrome, remove all suspicious browser extensions.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the severe weather alerts adware, 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". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove "Severe Weather Alerts". Note that Severe Weather Alerts ads can be generated by other adware. In the "Add-ons Manager" window, remove all suspicious browser add-ons.
Computer users who have problems with severe weather alerts adware 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 severe weather alerts adware, 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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