This page aims to help you remove Always Weather. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Always Weather and Browser hijackers in general are certainly among the most annoying pieces of software on the web and getting infected by one is bound to mess with your patience. Programs of this type integrate with your Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Edge or other popular browser and begin to impose their own settings. For example, among the first symptoms of an infection with software of this type is the change in your browser’s usual homepage and a new search engine being set as the default one. Soon after it’s also common for users to start noticing unauthorized page redirects to various web locations, seemingly out of the blue. We’ve created this article in regards to one specific browser hijacker that’s been irritating quite the number of online users lately and it’s called Always Weather. We have been receiving complaints about this particular browser hijacker and people have been asking us to provide a working solution to this infection – and that’s what we’re here to do. Below is a removal guide containing detailed instructions on how to locate and remove all the files that have to do with Always Weather. Once you have successfully deleted them, you will once again be able to enjoy ad-free browsing.
What do browser hijackers do? Are they dangerous?
Usually, when people encounter software of this type, they might at first think they’ve been attacked by some virus or malicious program. Thankfully, that’s not the case here and you don’t need to worry about any direct harm coming to your system, files, personal data or anything else. Though despite not being inherently harmful, security experts do still have concerns with programs like Always Weather due to the rather shady techniques they employ in the name of generating higher profits for their developers. Hijackers and other advertising software integrates with your browser to make it generate online ads, initiate page redirects to sponsored sites and otherwise see to the promotion and advertisement of various products and services. The more times you happen to land on a certain web location or click on a certain online ad, the more revenue the developers earn.
So with the above in mind, you can see how they will be trying to squeeze the most out of their browser hijackers. So oftentimes they program them to keep track of your browsing patterns and even record certain information that may seem valuable to them. For example, this can be data related to your online search requests, the type of content you like and share on social media, etc. A program like Always Weather can use this information to determine which of its popups, banners and box messages are likely to be more appealing to you. So once it has that perspective, it can start changing things up on your screen, so that you become more exposed to the ads it thinks you will be more prone to interact with.
How to Remove Always Weather
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.
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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at: https://howtoremove.guide/online-virus-scanner/
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Always Weather from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Always Weather from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Always Weather from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
And as you can see, it’s a fine line between merely wanting to maximize profits and intruding in people’s privacy. But that’s not the worst of it. Unfortunately, in trying to as effective as possible, browser hijackers like Always Weather have also often been known to mess not only with your browser settings, but with system registry files, as well. In short, this enables them to display more and more advertising content, but aside from that it also makes it easier for external threats like Trojans, ransomware, spyware and other viruses to attack and infiltrate your machine. Not to mention how much slower its performance can become and system crashes, lags and other unpleasant things can become your everyday companions.
So with all this on the table, you can clearly see the benefits of just deleting this program and not having to worry about potentially landing a more serious infection. Our advice to you would be to ensure that you don’t get any more browser hijackers installed on your PC. You can do this by avoiding spam messages, shady offers online and similar content. But the primary source for such infections are other programs that you install without checking the advanced settings. A browser hijacker can be attached to pretty much any program you downloaded for free, so be sure to always customize the setup, so you can be aware of any added components, should there be any.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||An increased number of online ads in your browser; frequent page redirects that you never authorized; changed browser settings|
|Distribution Method||You are most likely to get infected by improperly installing software and overlooking added content, such as browser hijackers|
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!