|Short Description||The application is supposed to give users direct access to Wikipedia.|
|Symptoms||Ads are displayed.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), freeware pages.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By WikiTime Ads|
If you suddenly find your browser being flooded with different ads labeled as “Ads by WikiTime,” then adware has been installed on your computer. The program in question is called WikiTime. The supposed purpose of this program is to give users access to Wikipedia straight from their desktop without having to open the browser. However, what it will actually do is to present numerous ads when you try to browse the web.
It will be able to do this on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. This is not a program we recommend that you have on your computer. The best thing is to remove it as soon as possible. Not only is it annoying, but it can also prove to be a risk for the system’s security.
What Do WikiTime Ads Do?
Once the adware is installed, it will be able to generate pop-up, banner, in-text, and other types of ads. For the most part, they will present you with discounts, promotions, and coupons. The ads can also be related to your recent browsing. Adware program are able to collect data on the user’s browsing. This way they can provide relevant advertisements. Still, it is not recommended that you click on these ads regardless of how alluring they may seem.
Where Did WikiTime Ads Come from?
The program once had an official website, but it is currently inactive. Adware programs, however, do not rely on their official websites to get distributed. Instead, they try to get installed without users noticing. This can be done via bundled downloads. If you download free programs from third-party websites, then it is highly likely that you will come across bundled downloads. The additional software will be set up for installation by default, so if you are not careful, you will get it on your PC by accident. Here are a few things you can do to avoid bundled downloads:
- Do not download free software from third-party websites.
- Carefully read through the information presented in the install wizard.
- Select Advanced/Custom installation to decline any additional software featured on the installer.
Why Are WikiTime Ads Dangerous?
The program itself is not harmful. However, it may present ads that lead to unreliable websites. Cyber criminals often take advantage of adware to promote their malicious websites. This is because the promoted web pages are not actually reviewed. This means that by clicking on one of the ads you can find yourself on a website managed by cyber criminals. This will put your security and that of your system in danger. Some phishing scheme may be attempted where cyber criminals will try to trick you into sharing your personal and financial details. If you are transferred to a malicious website, there is also a chance that your computer will be attacked by infections.
How to Remove WikiTime Ads
Due to the risks that it presents to your system’s security, removal of WikiTime Ads should be performed as soon as possible. You can do this manually. What you need to do is go to Control Panel, access the list of programs, find WikiTime, and remove it.
Just removing the adware will not be enough to guarantee that your computer is safe. It is still susceptible to infection and there may be more adware programs on it. It is crucial that you protect your computer. This is why we recommend having a reliable antimalware tool on your computer. This will get rid of all unwanted programs currently on your computer. It will also ensure that the PC is not compromised again.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove WikiTime Ads from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of WikiTime Ads from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove WikiTime Ads from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase WikiTime Ads from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall WikiTime Ads from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove WikiTime Ads from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate WikiTime Ads from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove WikiTime Ads from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WikiTime Ads
Step 2: Uninstall WikiTime Ads 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 WikiTime Ads 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 WikiTime Ads there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of WikiTime Ads from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall WikiTime Ads 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 WikiTime Ads 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 WikiTime Ads files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as WikiTime Ads, 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 WikiTime Ads 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 WikiTime Ads 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 WikiTime Ads 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 WikiTime Ads 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 WikiTime Ads will be removed.
Eliminate WikiTime Ads 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.