The Weather Network Mac Virus
The Weather Network Mac Virus is a browser-redirect malware that will add a new homepage address to your Mac browser, replacing the old one. The Weather Network Mac Virus will also set a new search engine to the browser and make some other unauthorized changes that may make your Mac less safe.
You may already be familiar with the term browser hijacker, as this is one of the most common web browsing intruders that disturbs the performance of browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and others. The Weather Network Mac Virus is one of the latest representatives and its activities have probably prompted you to look for a way to remove it from your device. The main reason why people are looking for possible removal solutions for programs like this one is the aggressive ads, pop-ups, and banners that are constantly covering their browser. Another good reason to seek methods to uninstall this software is the possible homepage or search engine changes it may impose, as well as the automatic page-redirects The Weather Network Mac Virus may initiate to various web pages. These are actually the main objectives of any browser hijacker – to take control of your web browser and fill it with ads so that no matter what you do, you eventually land on them.
But don’t worry – this disturbance can be easily removed. We’ve already prepared a removal guide with detailed instructions and additional screenshots on how to uninstall The Weather Network Mac Virus and its potentially unwanted browser modifications. Before moving on to it, however, we highly recommend that you read the whole text below to get a better understanding of what The Weather Network Mac Virus is doing and why it is doing it.
What The Weather Network Mac Virus does and why it does it
Typically, the browser hijackers are online advertising programs that operate on the basis of a Pay-Per-Click scheme. This is a popular online business model, allowing software developers to earn revenue from the clicks on ads that get displayed by their browser hijacker. This digital money-making technique is nothing illegal to worry about but it oftentimes employs several questionable practices so that the developers of these apps can generate as much revenue as possible.
One of these practices is linked to the bizarre placement of the pay-per-click ads. You may notice that most of them are positioned strategically on your screen, covering important sections of the page, which makes it hard for you to navigate through the page without clicking on them. You may also notice that the imposed homepage or the newly set search engine may automatically redirect you to websites you have no intention to visit.
These automatic page-redirects and the pop-up ads that constantly accompany them may not only be irritating but could also potentially lead you to unreliable web locations. For instance, some of the banners and box messages may turn out to be misleading and may not land you on the web sites they pretend to redirect to. Maybe you have already happened to click on such misleading ads just to find yourself on sites full content which may be completely irrelevant. Not to mention that some web locations may even contain malware, such as the notorious Ransomware viruses or Trojan Horses. And it often doesn’t take more than one wrong click to catch the above-mentioned Ransomware or another virus of this type. With this in mind, we hope you understand that clicking on random ads and allowing software like The Weather Network Mac Virus to fill your screen with them is not a good idea.
|Name||Weather Network Mac Virus|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most noticeable symptoms include a change in the browser’s homepage or search engine settings.|
|Distribution Method||Browser hijackers commonly spread via software bundles, torrents and free download packages found inside shareware and freeware websites.|
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Weather Network Mac Virus Removal
The first thing you need to do is to Quit Safari (if it is opened). If you have trouble closing it normally, you may need to Force Quit Safari:
You can choose the Apple menu and click on Force Quit.
Alternatively you can simultaneously press ⌘ (the Command key situated next to the space bar), Option (the key right next to it) and Escape (the key located at the upper left corner of your keyboard).
If you have done it right a dialog box titled Force Quit Applications will open up.
In this new dialog window select Safari, then press the Force Quit button, then confirm with Force Quit again.
Close the dialog box/window.
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Once there, look at all the processes: if you believe any of them are hijacking your results, or are part of the problem, highlight the process with your mouse, then click the “i” button at the top. This will open up the following box:
Now click on Sample at the bottom:
Do this for all processes you believe are part of the threat, and run any suspicious files in our online virus scanner, then delete the malicious files:
The next step is to safely launch Safari again. Press and hold the Shift key while relaunching Safari. This will prevent Safari’s previously opened pages from loading again. Once Safari is opened up, you can release the Shift key.
On the off chance that you are still having trouble with scripts interrupting the closing of unwanted pages in Safari, you may need to take some additional measures.
First, Force Quit Safari again.
Now if you are using a Wi-Fi connection turn it off by selecting Wi-Fi off in you Mac’s Menu. If you are using a cable internet (Ethernet connection), disconnect the Ethernet cable.
Re-Launch Safari but don’t forget to press and hold the Shift button while doing it, so no previous pages can be opened up. Now, Click on Preferences in the Safari menu,
and then again on the Extensions tab,
Select and Uninstall any extensions that you don’t recognize by clicking on the Uninstall button. If you are not sure and don’t want to take any risks you can safely uninstall all extensions, none are required for normal system operation.
The threat has likely infected all of your browsers. The instructions below need to be applied for all browsers you are using.
Again select Preferences in the Safari Menu, but this time click on the Privacy tab,
Now click on Remove All Website Data, confirm with Remove Now. Keep in mind that after you do this all stored website data will be deleted. You will need to sign-in again for all websites that require any form of authentication.
Still in the Preferences menu, hit the General tab
Check if your Homepage is the one you have selected, if not change it to whatever you prefer.
Select the History menu this time, and click on Clear History. This way you will prevent accidentally opening a problematic web page again.
How to Remove Weather Network Mac Virus From Firefox in OSX:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
The problem should be lurking somewhere around here – Remove it. Then Refresh Your Firefox Settings.
How to Remove Weather Network Mac Virus From Chrome in OSX:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select .
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but the search engines you normally use. After that Reset Your Chrome Settings.
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!