Storm Alert is a legitimate browser extension, promoted as a useful tool warning users of forthcoming storms. This may sound appealing to many, but users should keep in mind that Storm Alert is classified as a potentially unwanted program and adware. Storm Alert is known to display various deals, offers, banners, pop-ups and sponsored links as the user views different shopping-related or social networking sites. The add-on is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and other popular web browsers.
How Is Storm Alert Distributed?
In most cases, Storm Alert ends up on the user’s computer bundled with other free programs and applications the user has downloaded online. Unwanted installations are easy to avoid – all you need to do is pay closer attention to the additional installations by choosing the Advanced options, and unchecking the ones you are not familiar with or do not want installed on your computer.
This technique is used as a distribution method for many adware programs. So, be more attentive and make sure to download software only from verified sources.
What Does Storm Alert Do?
Once installed, Storm Alert will display different advertisements as the user browses the Web. Apart from the fact that the pop-ups can be quite annoying, they can direct users to unsafe web locations if clicked upon.
Experts warn that one of the main purposes of Storm Alert is to generate profit from advertisement clicks. Storm Alert is also reported to cause browser redirects to unverified web pages.
Storm Alert may collect the following information:
- IP address
- Browser type
- Browser data like history, search queries, cookies, etc.
- Operating system types
This information may then be transferred to third parties for advertising purposes. Data tracking is known to lead to privacy issues and in some cases even to identity theft.
Should you remove Storm Alert from Your PC?
Although not malicious in its nature, Storm Alert displays numerous ads that may redirect the user to potentially unsafe web pages and expose the system to security risks. This is the reason experts recommend the removal of Storm Alert from the affected machine manually or automatically. Just follow the steps provided below.
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Storm Alert from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Storm Alert from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Storm Alert from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Storm Alert from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Storm Alert from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Storm Alert from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Storm Alert from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Storm Alert from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Storm Alert
Step 2: Uninstall Storm Alert and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Storm Alert on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Storm Alert there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Storm Alert from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Storm Alert and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Storm Alert via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Storm Alert files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Storm Alert, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Storm Alert from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Storm Alert from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Storm Alert from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Storm Alert from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Storm Alert will be removed.
Eliminate Storm Alert from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.