Remove Winter Waldo games

Remove Winter Waldo and stop all pop-up ads produces by this potentially unwanted program. Follow the guide on this page to be able to get rid of this adware and give your PC a total cleanup.

Winter Waldo is a potentially unwanted program. It is a browser extension that will let you play snowy, blizzard, and forsty games while browsing the web. Third-party software and shareware are the usual distributor of this PUP. Usually, programs like Winter Waldo are being installed on the computer without user’s consent. Pay-per-install scheme is also being utilized by people behind this program to deploy it more rapidly. The method doesn’t only load Winter Waldo; it may also distribute malicious programs like toolbars and home page hijacker together.

If Winter Waldo is present on the computer, users may immediately observe certain changes on the browser. This program may display a barrage of pop-ups and other annoyances. It can add toolbar bearing its name or hijack the home page using its custom search engine. Other components of Winter Waldo may also be installed but re-branded to hide their origin.

If you have purposely installed Winter Waldo, a bunch of programs and tools will also surface on the computer without your consent. Some can be uninstalled from Windows Control Panel, but some will give you difficulty during the removal process. Adware usually comes packed to unwanted program such as Winter Waldo and most people are not given sufficient information about it. For this reason, potentially unwanted programs are somehow deemed malicious by security experts. Although they are not considered as virus, it is still much safer uninstalling such programs.

To be able to remove Winter Waldo and other adware from the computer, we have outlined systematic procedures on this page. Carefully follow the guide and download necessary tools that will help you remove the adware effectively.

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Winter Waldo

Winter Waldo Removal Procedures

On this section are guides that will help you get rid of the threat. Make sure to perform the procedures in exact manner to ensure complete removal of adware, malware, and virus, which may be present on the computer.

Step 1 : Automatic Removal Tool

Scanning the computer with anti-malware tool instantly removes items linked to Winter Waldo. Though, this may not fix problems on individual internet browser application.

If the outcome of this anti-malware scan did not fully removed Winter Waldo, then you have to execute procedures for affected browser program. Provided on this page are easy to follow instructions to solve problems for specific browser. You may also try Windows System Restore to return the computer to previous clean state.

1 Start downloading the anti-malware tool by clicking on the link below. You can either save the file or directly run it after the download.

Download Tool

2 Install the program with default settings. Run the installation procedure as it is.

3 The program will automatically update the database when installation completes. Thus, it is important that internet connection is active during this process.

4 Once installed, click Scan Now to run a Threat Scan and check all the places malware is known to hide.

MBAM Scan

5 At the end of the scan process, anti-malware tool will display list of identified threats. Be sure to select all and remove them from the computer.

6 Finally, it will prompt you to restart the computer to finalized removal of threats. Please reboot the computer.

Step 2 : Uninstall Winter Waldo from Windows Control Panel

7 Depending on your Operating System, follow the guide below to access Windows Control Panel.

Opening Control Panel - Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
Click on Windows Start > Control Panel. New window will open where in you can adjust computer settings.

Accessing Control Panel - Windows 8 and Windows 10
a For Windows 8 and Windows 10 users, the simplest way to open Control Panel is via shortcut key. This method is accessible in older versions of Windows.
b Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to intiate Run dialog box.

Windows Key and Run

c Type Control Panel in the Open field and click OK.

Run CPanel

8 Once you are in Control Panel window, go to Programs section. Click on 'Uninstall a program' link.

9 Program and Features window will open. You can uninstall or change any installed program using this feature.

10 Look for Winter Waldo or any similar name from the list.

If name of adware or relevant entry is not present, please try to uninstall recently installed suspicious program. To do this, arrange listed programs in chronological order. Click on 'Installed On' to see programs recently installed.

Installed On

11 Select the Adware from the list and click on Uninstall button. See image below for reference. Removing any suspicious software may also help solve the issue.

Add/Remove

12 On the next prompt, confirmation is required to continue.

13 Click OK to proceed with the removal of Winter Waldo or any relevant software.

Step 3 : Remove Winter Waldo Extensions from your Browser

14Follow these procedures to remove Winter Waldo extensions, add-ons, and unwanted search engine from Internet browsers.

Google Chrome

Procedures to Remove Winter Waldo from Google Chrome

a Open Google Chrome.

b In the address bar, type the following and press Enter on keyboard: chrome://extensions

Chrome Extensions

c Google Chrome's Extensions window will open.

d Find Winter Waldo or any similar items. Click on Remove button to delete it from Google Chrome.

Chrome Extension

Please restart Google Chrome browser. The procedure should have removed Winter Waldo from the browser. If the adware is still visible on start up page, please follow the guide on how to restore Google Chrome's homepage and search settings.

Internet Explorer

Ways to Remove Winter Waldo from Internet Explorer

a Open Internet Explorer.

b Go to top menu and click on Tools. Next, select Manage add-ons from the drop-down list. This will open window wherein you can view Internet Explorer add-ons.

IE Tools Menu

c Go to left panel and click on Toolbars and Extensions. Browse the list of installed extensions and Delete or Disable any items that are relevant to Winter Waldo.

IE Disable Extension

If the procedure does not removed the adware from start-up page, please execute this guide to manually restore Internet Explorer Homepage and Search settings.

Mozilla Firefox

Directions to Remove Winter Waldo from Mozilla Firefox

a Run Mozilla Firefox browser.

b Type the given string in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard: about:addons

Go to About:Addons

c Go to left panel and click Extensions. This will show a list of installed extensions.

d Look for Winter Waldo extension. If you cannot find it, locate associated objects such as stated above. Uninstall the unwanted extension by clicking on the Remove button.

Remove FF Extensions

e Close the Add-ons Manager tab.

Please restart Mozilla Firefox. If there is still sign of Winter Waldo on main page, please perform the guide on how to Restore Mozilla Firefox's Homepage and Search settings.

Edge

Guide to Remove Winter Waldo from Microsoft Edge

a Open Microsoft Edge browser.

b Click on More Action button located on top right corner of the browser.

More Button

c Click on Extensions from the Menu. It will open a window showing all installed extensions.

d Right-click on Extension that belongs to Winter Waldo, and then, click on Remove.

Edge Extension

(Optional) Restore Microsoft Edge's Home Page and Default Search Engine

Presence of Winter Waldo may not have an effect on home page and default search engine of Edge browser. If the browser is free from adware, please skip these procedures.

e Run Microsoft Edge browser and click on More Action to show the Menu. Then, select Settings.

f Scroll down to 'Open with' section, and select 'A specific page or pages'. Then, select Custom.

Open With

g Enter the web address of preferred start page. Next, click on the + sign to add the web address. If Winter Waldo is listed as one of the start page, click X beside the URL to remove it from the browser. See image above for reference.

h Back at Microsoft Edge Settings page.

i Click on View advance settings button.

Advanced Settings

j Scroll down to 'Search in the address bar with' section. Then, click on Change button.

Change Search Engine

k It will present list of installed search engine, Bing is the deafault search engine for Edge. You can choose other valid search engine but not Winter Waldo. To save your pick, click on Set as default button.

Deafult Search Engine

l Lastly, remove Winter Waldo from the list. You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Step 4 : Additional Cleanup Tool

If the previous instructions failed to remove Winter Waldo, this procedure will help you adware remnants from internet browser applications. The process quickly removes adware and other malicious components from your browser.

15 Download Norton Power Eraser by clicking on the button below.

NPE Download

16 Double-click on downloaded NPE.exe file to run the program.

17 If User Account Control window prompts, click Yes to proceed installing the tool.

18 Once installed, Norton Power Eraser will launch automatically.

19 Next, click on Unwanted Application Scan to start looking for malicious objects linked to Winter Waldo.

NPE Scan

20 After completing the scan, it will display Unwanted Apps Scan Complete. Select items that are closely related to Winter Waldo or any suspicious objects and click Uninstall to remove it.

21 Follow the on-screen instructions until it completely removed the browser hijacker.

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