Websearch Weather is page-promoting and ads-displaying application that security experts categorize as a browser hijacker. Users who have Websearch Weather in their system may experience page redirects to random sites and aggressive generation of pop-up ads, banners and promotional messages on their screen.
Browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge and others are the usual target of programs like Websearch Weather and they frequently have their settings altered by the intrusive application without a notice. Most commonly, the changes involve the installation of a new search engine, the replacement of the browser’s homepage with another one, and the integration of various redirect buttons and toolbars that link to specific sites and clutter the browser’s appearance. Sadly, the end users are typically forced to accept the changes and deal with them without being given the option to uninstall or remove them in an easy way. That’s why, so many of them simply give up trying and assume that they must have been infected with a virus or some malware that has taken over their web browser.
The Websearch Weather Virus
Fortunately, on this page, we have prepared a removal guide that can help those who need assistance to uninstall the Websearch Weather virus all on their own. That’s why if you are interested in how to remove this browser hijacker from your system, make sure you read on.
Browser hijackers, in general, are programs that are known for their ability to redirect web users to paid pages. In addition to that, these apps can cover the content of every web page that users visit with various pay-per-click banners, pop-up ads, text notifications and offers that promote specific products, services or software.
The Websearch Weather Extension
You probably have already noticed an increase in the number of advertisements in your browser since the Websearch Weather extension has been installed on your computer. In addition, you may have noticed that the quality of the ads that you have started to see has probably fallen because, unlike those ads coming from legal sites and offering real quality products, you are now bombarded with hundreds of click-bait ads and misleading messages that redirect you to obscure web pages.
Some of the pages the hijacker may promote may even display pop-up warnings claiming that your machine holds a harmful virus like a Trojan horse or Ransomware on it, just to convince you to install their software in order to remove the threat. Whenever a website displays notices of this type, the best you could do is to ignore them and leave the page immediately. This kind of warning messages are not to be trusted and are likely to try to promote some low-quality software you would not like to download in your computer and perhaps even convince you to pay for it. Moreover, in some situations, such pop-up warnings and alerts could also be a technique used to infect the computer with a real virus, like the aforementioned Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and more. With this in mind, it would be best if you remove Websearch Weather from your system and uninstall its imposed homepage, search engine and toolbar changes in order to regain full control of your web browser and to prevent a potential redirect to questionable web locations.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Users may experience auto-redirects to random sites and may be bombard with pop-up ads during their web browsing sessions.|
|Distribution Method||Free software bundles, spam messages, and click-bait ads may often promote Browser Hijackers as additional components to some main program.|
How To Remove Websearch Weather
To try and remove Websearch 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 Websearch Weather extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Websearch Weather by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Websearch Weather and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Websearch 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:
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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.
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 Websearch 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 Websearch Weather from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Websearch 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!