What is Storm Warnings?
The Storm Warnings app supposedly warns users of impending storms. The features promised are an attempt to trick users into believing that Storm Warnings is a legitimate application, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
Commonly, Storm Warnings is distributed using the 'bundling' method - stealth installation of additional applications together with regular software.
After successful infiltration on Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox), Storm Warnings displays intrusive online advertisements including sponsored links, banners, pop-ups, and other advertisement types that may lead to websites containing adult-related content (for example, drugs, alcohol, erotica, blood and gore, etc.). There is a high probability that clicking these ads will expose your computer to high-risk infections.
Furthermore, Storm Warnings collects various information that might be personally identifiable including browser types and data (websites visited, pages viewed, and search queries), unique identifier numbers, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, etc.
This gathered information is later shared with third parties, and therefore, having this type of application installed on your system may cause serious privacy issues. Storm Warnings is similar to other apps including Desktop Temperature Monitor, Severe Weather Alerts, and StormAlerts.
All claim to enable a feature to observe weather forecasts directly from the desktop. Although these apps may seem legitimate, they are categorized as adware and provide no real value to the user.
Applications such as Storm Warnings are developed to generate revenue by displaying ads and sharing collected data with third parties, and therefore, you are strongly advised to uninstall them from your system immediately.
As with regular adware, Storm Warnings is often distributed using small download apps (called 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', 'download tools', etc.) on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, and downloads.com.
Download apps are used to monetize these websites' traffic and free services by encouraging installation of third party applications together with the chosen software. Although this advertised software is presented as 'legitimate and virus-free', careless download and installation of freeware usually results in adware or malware infections.
To avoid this situation, pay close attention while downloading free software and decline all offers to install third party applications.
In addition, installation of downloaded programs should be performed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to decline them. The following instructions will help you to uninstall Storm Warnings from your system.
Deceptive free software installer used in Storm Warnings adware distribution:
Storm Warnings adware generating intrusive pop-up ads ('Ads by Storm Warnings'):
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- What is Storm Warnings?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Storm Warnings application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Storm Warnings adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Storm Warnings ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Storm Warnings' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Storm Warnings extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Storm Warnings adware removal:
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 "StormWarnings", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Storm Warnings ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Storm Warnings adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Storm Warnings 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 stormwarnings 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 stormwarnings 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 stormwarnings 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 stormwarnings 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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