The Website time is an unwanted Chrome browser extension, already at the first sight of which there are various doubts. This malicious add-on is made only for one purpose – show ads or reroute to various ‘ad’ web pages. Its appearance in your web-browser means that your computer is infected with adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software). All the time, while the harmful plugin is running, your web browser will be fill with unwanted ads. Moreover, this addon will be able to collect lots of information about you, everything related to what are you doing on the World Wide Web.
Table of contents
- What is Website time
- How to remove Website time
- How to manually remove Website time
- How to automatically delete Website time virus
- How to stay safe online
- Do not know how your internet browser has been hijacked by Website time virus?
- Finish words
Technically, the malicious plugin is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates tons of pop-up advertisements. It may download and install on to your machine other malicious and unwanted programs without your permission, force you to visit misleading or malicious web sites. Moreover, the extension can install internet browser hijacker. Once installed, it’ll modify your internet browser setting such as startpage, new tab page and search provider by default with an unwanted page.
The malicious software that changes the settings of web-browsers usually affects only the Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. A virus may change the Target property of a web-browser’s shortcut, so every time you open the web browser, instead of your homepage, you will see an undesired web page.
We strongly suggest that you perform the step by step guide below that will allow you to remove Website time virus using the standard features of Windows and some proven free software.
How to remove Website time
There are several steps to deleting the Website time harmful addon that causes internet browsers to display undesired ads, because it installs itself so deeply into Microsoft Windows. You need to delete all suspicious and unknown applications, then remove malicious extensions from the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge and other web-browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your browser settings to get rid of any changes the malicious extension has made, and then scan your computer with Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM), MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) or AdwCleaner to ensure the harmful extension is fully removed. It will take a while.
How to manually remove Website time
These steps to remove Website time malicious add-on without any programs are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step instructions completely to fully remove this Website time harmful add-on that causes multiple intrusive ads and pop-ups.
Remove suspicious software using MS Windows Control Panel
The best way to begin the PC cleanup is to delete unknown and suspicious software. Using the Microsoft Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up the Chrome, FF, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge from popups hijackers and so on.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed in the figure below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as displayed in the following example.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and remove all applications which has the name such as “Website time”. We advise to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. After you have found anything suspicious that may be the virus, ad supported software or PUPs, then select this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully delete it from your computer.
Remove Website time malicious add-on from Google Chrome
Use the Reset web-browser tool of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings like new tab, homepage and search provider by default to original defaults. This is a very useful utility to use, in the case of internet browser redirects to intrusive ad sites.
- First, run the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Fix internet browser shortcuts
Now you need to clean up the web browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your web browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The harmful extension can rewrite it. If you are seeing something such as “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as on the image below.
Once is finished, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for internet browser shortcuts which redirects to an undesired pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Get rid of unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, a virus can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your machine, it will display an intrusive web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all malicious tasks that have been created by adware.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard together. This displays a dialog box that called Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as displayed in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address”, then remove this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the unwanted applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as on the image below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically delete Website time virus
The harmful extension may hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the addon again infect your personal computer and redirect your browser to unwanted pages. Moreover, We want to note that it is not always safe to get rid of harmful extension manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Microsoft Windows operating system. The best solution to scan for and remove malicious extension is to use free malicious software removal programs.
Remove Website time harmful extension with Zemana Anti-malware
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to find ad supported software and thereby remove Website time from the Google Chrome and other web browsers. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically check and detect all threats exist on your computer.
Now you can install and run Zemana to remove Website time add-on from your web-browser by following the steps below:
Click the following link to download Zemana Anti Malware setup package called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your system.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Launch the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this utility on your PC system.
During installation you can change some settings, but we recommend you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malware removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) tool will start scanning the whole PC to find out Website time harmful extension that causes internet browsers to open unwanted ads. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. When a malicious software, ‘ad supported’ software or potentially unwanted applications are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once that process is finished, Zemana will show a scan report. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana will remove Website time virus that causes web browsers to show annoying advertisements and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC to make the change take effect.
Scan and free your personal computer of extension with Malwarebytes
Manual Website time malicious extension removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the plugin can be not completely removed. We advise that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer of malicious plugin. Moreover, the free program will allow you to remove malware, PUPs, hijacker infections and toolbars that your computer can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Free from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
After downloading is finished, close all applications and windows on your system. Double-click the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you setup MalwareBytes on your system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is complete successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the Website time harmful addon which redirects your internet browser to annoying ad sites. While the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malware.
After the system scan is finished, you can check all items detected on your computer. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will delete Website time harmful plugin which causes annoying ads. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes to get rid of ad-supported software, browser hijacker and other malicious software.
Scan your machine and remove Website time add-on with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana AntiMalware cannot remove this virus, then we advises to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for hijackers, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and Website time plugin that causes browsers to show unwanted pop up advertisements.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the following link and save it to your Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 20, 2021
- Select the directory in which you saved it as Desktop, and then click Save.
- When the downloading process is finished, start the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” .AdwCleaner program will scan through the whole PC for the Website time malicious extension that causes multiple intrusive advertisements and pop-ups. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. While the AdwCleaner application is scanning, you may see number of objects it has identified as threat.
- After the system scan is done, a list of all threats found is produced. Review the report and then click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to restart your PC, click “OK”.
The tutorial shown in detail in the following video.
How to stay safe online
By installing an ad blocker application such as AdGuard, you are able to stop unwanted pop-ups, autoplaying video ads and get rid of tons of distracting and intrusive ads on web-sites.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is complete, you will see a window as shown in the following example.
You can press “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop up advertisements, s well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
Do not know how your internet browser has been hijacked by Website time virus?
Once you have finished the tutorial above, your computer should be clean from Website time add-on and other malicious software. The FF, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge will no longer display any unwanted sites when you browse the Net. Unfortunately, if the step by step guide does not help you, then you have caught a new virus, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the undesired Website time malicious add-on.