Uninstall Search.searchwfaa.com “Virus”

I wrote this article to help you remove Search.searchwfaa.com. This Search.searchwfaa.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Search.searchwfaa.com is a browser hijacker that pretends to be a humble weather forecast service. It changes your homepage to search.searchwfaa.com on which it gives you fast access to local and national weather forecast, news and maps services. The top corner of the page is designed to look like a toolbar, but it is actually part of the main body of the page. If you take a look at the bottom of the page, you will discover a footer with links to the terms of use, privacy, uninstall, contact, feedback and support pages. However, if you take your time and click on both terms and contact links, you will discover that both of them are leading to the same “Polarity Terms of Use And End-User License Agreement” page, which is very suspicious. Search.searchwfaa.com is developed by Eightpoint Technologies LTD, that is distributed under license by Polarity Technologies LTD, yet the only contact details are email address and an office address.

Search.searchwfaa.com provides services that may appear useful and handy, but to use them you will have to accept some very misleading terms of use. If search.searchwfaa.com software was installed on your computer, search.searchwfaa.com can change, without limitation, your Internet browser’s settings, monitor your browsing activities and even install third-party software (this may include any type of adware). For all those reasons search.searchwfaa.com can categorized as browser hijacker.

If you have more than one browsers installed on your computer, it is very likely that all of them are infected with search.searchwfaa.com (Weather Forecast Alerts). This hijacker scans your system and infects all installed browsers. It configures them to redirect all your traffic back to search.iminent.com. This enables the crooks to collect massive data about your online habits, personal details about you and even credit information. It is strongly advised to restrain from using any kind of online banking services, if your computer is infected with this browser hijacker.

Search.searchwfaa.com hijacker can affect any Internet browser, however, its most common targets are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. This hijacker will change your homepage to search.searchwfaa.com and set your default search engine to search.searchwfaa.com too. The changes search.searchwfaa.com hijacker makes to your browser are not significant, but they are impossible to be reversed the regular way. This may appear as small nuisance, still, don’t neglect it. This search engine has a malicious code that can manipulate the search results and display malicious or infected websites. Sometimes one click is all it takes for a dangerous virus to infect your computer.

We should mentions the ads search.searchwfaa.com displays so freely. After search.searchwfaa.com collects enough data about you, the hackers will sell it to online marketers, or simply use pay-per-click marketing to bombard you with numerous ads. You will find your screen covered with video ads, coupons, discounts, pop-ups, deals, offers, alerts, etc. This will not only worsen your online experience, but will also make it impossible to get any work done.

Search.searchwfaa.com(Weather Forecast Alerts) has an official page, but you cannot download it. However most of the users installed it unintentionally as an additional software to another application. This process is called bundling and it is wildly spread among software distributors. What developers do is hiding bundled software under custom/advanced install tab. Users who rush through the installation process often choose the suggested “standard” installation, where they are not given the option to decline the installation of the phony software.

There are may other ways you can get infected with this nasty program. We should mention two very common ways, that users seem to overlook. The first one is the so called drive-by download method. You can download the hijacker by visiting website, reading an e-mail message or by clicking on a deceptive pop-up ad. The tricky part is that the user is not required to do anything, not even click a download button. The download starts automatically and is completely invisible for the user. The other distribution method I would like call your attention to is the spam email method. Before downloading any attached file, take a moment to consider it. Malicious software can be disguised as scans of an invoice, letters of recommendations, special offers etc. Always make sure you know who the sender is. Sometimes bogus messages are written on behalf of an existing company, a government branch or the local police department. Those messages tend to be more demanding than explanatory and often contain spelling errors.

Search.searchwfaa.com Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Search.searchwfaa.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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