Web Search Weather
Web Search Weather is website promotion program that hijacks popular web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and other browsing apps in order to redirect traffic from them to sponsored web pages. To facilitate its auto redirects and the generation of pop-up ads and page-rerouting links Web Search Weather typically makes changes to the browser without asking for the users’ approval.
When you try using your web browser, Web Search Weather will typically prompt you to click on certain web links by placing some pay-per-click ads, banners and pop-up notifications on your screen. In addition to that, the program may install a new search engine that displays predominantly sponsored results and change your browser’s homepage address with one of its promotional websites so that every time you open a new tab, you get auto-redirected to that particular website.
The Web Search Weather Virus
The good news is that a browser hijacker like the Web Search Weather virus has no chance of remaining hidden in the system since its symptoms will give it away immediately. That’s why, unlike viruses and malicious types of software such as Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and Rootkits, it will be detected by the user almost instantly after it is installed.
As a matter of fact, a program such as Web Search Weather doesn’t even want to hide – quite the opposite – it will do its best to be in your face and to place as many redirect prompts, pop-up ads, promotional banners and sponsored links on your screen as possible. This is because the hijacker actually makes money on the basis of how many ad-clicks and site visits it gets from the users and, thus, it often employs a quite aggressive online advertising approach that is dreaded by many web users. If you are one of them, the removal guide below will show you the steps to remove Web Search Weather and uninstall its unwanted browser changes from any of the web browsers that might have been affected.
The Web Search Weather Extension
In general, most browser hijacking programs like The Web Serach Weather Extension may be quite annoying, particularly if most of the time you use your computer to search the Internet. Fortunately, they are not interested in trying to encrypt your files, steal your information, or corrupt the OS in any way because browser hijackers do not profit from harming computers. Instead, such programs profit from remaining in your device for as long as possible and collecting clicks from you through the ads, pop-up messages, banners and redirect links that it displays.
That’s why if you have Web Search Weather in your system, there will be no immediate damage to your computer which will definitely be the case if you have been infected with a virus, a Trojan, a ransomware or some other malware. In fact, some browser hijacking apps may even provide users with various helpful free features that encourage them to retain the program that is otherwise invasive.
However, most people still prefer to uninstall programs like Web Search Weather and seek how to remove their imposed search engine, homepage and other unwanted changes from their browser. That’s why below we have published a step-by-step guide with instructions that anyone who wants to get rid of Web Search Weather can use as well as a trusted removal tool for automatic assistance.
|Name||Web Search Weather|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Typically a Browser Hijacker can cause page redirects to websites that you may have no intentions to visit.|
|Distribution Method||Spam emails and misleading online ads may often contain Browser Hijackers and promote them as helpful software.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
How To Remove Web Search Weather
To try and remove Web Search Weather quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Web Search Weather extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Web Search Weather by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Web Search Weather and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Web Search Weather removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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:
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 Web Search 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 Web Search Weather from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Web Search 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
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!