How to Uninstall AlwaysWeather (Chrome) Sept. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you uninstall AlwaysWeather. Our uninstall instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

AlwaysWeather is a program that acts as a suspicious ad redirecting script, which usually affects all popular browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. If you have this program on your computer, you may frequently be redirected to different new tabs, ads, pop-ups, banners, web pages or online shopping domains. Your default browser may also have its homepage or search engine replaced with a different one. The primary purpose of this software is to advertise and generate traffic to certain sponsored sites by modifying the settings in the browser. However, for most of the users who face AlwaysWeather, its activity is not very clear and they often may mistake it for a virus or some other nasty infection. Fortunately, AlwaysWeather is not a virus but a browser hijacker and in the next lines, we will tell you everything you need to know about it. If you want to remove the annoying ads and restore your homepage and search engine, uninstalling the hijacker is the best solution and in the removal guide below we will show you step-by-step how to do it.

Browser hijackers – all you need to know about them:

In general, the browser hijackers are pieces of software, which do not provide any useful content or functionality. Their primary purpose is to serve to their creators by generating revenue from traffic and clicks on pay-per-view or pay-per-click ads. The users, who end up with such software on their system, not only may constantly be redirected to unfamiliar sponsored web pages, but they may be aggressively prompted to click on their content and pop-ups just to generate income for the hijacker’s developers. If you have recently experienced this thing on your browser, you will surely ask what AlwaysWeather is then and how you can deal with it. At first sight, it looks like this program promotes better search results and an enhanced browsing experience. However, instead of that, it has the ability to manipulate your search queries and irritate you with potentially unwanted and intrusive commercial messages.

Is it possible that AlwaysWeather can initiate more dangerous activities?

If a browser hijacker like AlwaysWeather becomes part of your system, you may notice some of the following:

  • redirects to games, adult sites, and sketchy domains;
  • pop-up ads appearing on legitimate web pages;
  • changed home page or search engine;
  • browser sluggishness, unresponsiveness and sudden crashes.

How to Uninstall AlwaysWeather

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove AlwaysWeather from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove AlwaysWeather from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove AlwaysWeather from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Such changes are generally not as harmful as a virus infection or the attack of a Trojan horse or Ransomware, but still, their intrusive and aggressive behavior may certainly provoke doubts. Indeed, a browser hijacker can be very annoying and its activities may greatly reduce the quality of your web browsing by causing constant interruptions. This is the reason why so many users get annoyed and look for effective ways to remove the ads and uninstall their source. However, if you would like to know whether such software can be malicious or destructive for your system, we need to say that this is not possible. The threats you should be concerned about are Ransomware, Trojans and the real viruses that are created with the sole aim to cause you harm. Neither AlwaysWeather nor any other browser hijacker can corrupt your system in a fatal way, so you should not get panicked. Still, it is advisable to uninstall this software because you never know where it may redirect you and what ads and links it may prompt you to click on. Some of these could be potential transmitters of various security hazards and the risk is really not worth it.

How does AlwaysWeather get into computers and how to prevent it?

You should be very careful when surfing the Internet if you do not want to allow potentially unwanted programs like AlwaysWeather to be installed in your computer system. We advise you to stay away from suspicious file sharing sites as well as sites that provide links to download pirated software and other sketchy pages. Perhaps the most important thing that can keep you away from browser hijackers and similar software is to watch what you are installing on your computer. Even if you’ve downloaded a trusted and popular free program, be careful when installing it, because you may omit the statements of third party software programs, grouped with your software. To prevent their installation manually, just select Custom/ Advanced settings and uncheck the suggestions for installing additional applications.

SUMMARY:

Name AlwaysWeather
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Redirects to games, adult sites, and sketchy domains, pop-up ads appearing on legitimate web pages, a changed homepage or search engine.
Distribution Method Free program bundles, file sharing sites as well as sites that provide links to download free software, torrents, spam messages, emails and attachmetns, sketchy ads, links and pages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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