Storm Alerts removal instructions
What is Storm Alerts?
Created by Weather Warnings LLC, StormAlerts is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to warn users of storms heading to their vicinity. Although this may seem useful and legitimate functionality, be aware that StormAlerts 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 promote and distribute their applications with other software. For this reason, most users infect their computers with StormAlerts during download of free software from freeware download websites. Following stealth installation on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, StormAlerts monitors Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online advertisements.
The list of advertisements generated by this dubious application includes sponsored links, redirects, banner and pop-up ads leading to websites that may contain adult content (such as alcohol, drugs, erotica, blood and gore, etc.) These advertisements are likely to cause high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, StormAlerts continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by collecting various information that may be personally identifiable. For example: browser type, website URLs visited, pages viewed, cookies, unique identifier numbers, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic locations, language settings, and other similar details. There are hundreds of PUPs similar to StormAlerts including Severe Weather Alerts, Online Weather, WeatherBlink, etc. None of these browser plug-ins provide any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online advertisements and redirecting users to other websites. This behavior may result in serious privacy issues or identity theft and, therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall StormAlerts from your computers.
StormAlerts is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' employed by popular freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, download.com, and many others. Download managers are used to monetize these websites' free services by offering installation of promoted (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware frequently results in adware or malware infections. Installation of potentially unwanted applications such as StormAlerts can be prevented by paying close attention to each step of the free software download process and never accepting installation of any additional programs offered. All software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed StormAlerts, and you observe intrusive online advertisements while surfing the Internet, read the following removal guide to eliminate this PUP from your computer.
Deceptive free software installers used in Storm Alerts adware distribution:
Storm Alerts adware generating intrusive online ads (marked as 'Ads by Storm Alerts'):
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- What is StormAlerts?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Storm Alerts application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Storm Alerts adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Storm Alerts ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Storm Alerts' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Storm Alerts ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Storm 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 "StormAlerts", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes StormAlerts ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Storm Alerts adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, StormAlerts 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:
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 any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the storm 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the storm 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with storm 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 storm 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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