Security researchers named the Weather Reports a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and a browser hijacker infection because it is designed to take over the web browser and control user’s browsing preferences. The Weather Reports can sneak into the personal computer unnoticed due to the fact that it’s actively being promoted in free programs. It mostly aims at Chrome browser, but it is possible that it can infect other web browsers too. We recommend you to remove Weather Reports as soon as it hijacks your start page or search provider.
When the Weather Reports hijacker is installed on a computer, it might:
- set Weather Reports as search provider, new tab page, and homepage;
- prevent users from modifying search engine or startpage address;
- redirect your queries to sponsored web-pages;
- provide altered search results;
- record your search queries;
- periodically redirects to questionable webpages;
- show annoying advertisements;
- collect Net browsing habits and transfer it to third parties.
Another reason why you need to remove Weather Reports is its online data-tracking activity. It can gather personal information, including:
- IP addresses;
- URLs visited;
- search queries/terms;
- clicks on links and advertisements;
- web browser version information.
The browser hijacker infection such as Weather Reports often modify all web browser shortcuts which located on your Desktop to force you visit certain undesired web sites and open undesired pop-up ads. As a result, your internet browser can still redirect you to an intrusive web-site despite your browser is actually clean of browser hijacker.
We strongly suggest you to complete the step-by-step guide which follow below. We’ll show you how to get rid of browser hijacker infection and thus remove Weather Reports home page from your Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer forever.
Remove Weather Reports from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
The answer is right here on this web page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will help you easily to clean your machine of hijacker infection. Moreover, you can select manual or automatic removal method. If you’re familiar with the PC system then use manual removal, otherwise use the free anti-malware tool created specifically to remove browser hijacker such as Weather Reports. Of course, you can combine both methods. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your web-browser or reboot your PC system.
To remove Weather Reports, execute the steps below:
- Manual Weather Reports search removal
- Uninstall Weather Reports related programs through the Control Panel of your computer
- Get rid of Weather Reports redirect from Chrome
- Remove Weather Reports from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Remove Weather Reports from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
- Clean up the web browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by Weather Reports
- Run free malware removal utilities to completely get rid of Weather Reports search
- Use AdBlocker to stop Weather Reports and stay safe online
- How can you prevent the Weather Reports browser hijacker
- To sum up
Manual Weather Reports search removal
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually delete Weather Reports homepage from the Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, IE and Chrome.
Uninstall Weather Reports related programs through the Control Panel of your computer
Some of PUPs, ad-supported software and browser hijacker can be removed using the Add/Remove programs utility that is located in the Windows Control Panel. So, if you are using any version of Microsoft Windows and you have noticed an unwanted application, then first try to delete it through Add/Remove programs.
Make sure you have closed all internet browsers and other applications. Press CTRL, ALT, DEL keys together to open the Windows Task Manager.
Click on the “Processes” tab, look for something questionable that is the hijacker that responsible for web browser redirect to the intrusive Weather Reports web-site then right-click it and select “End Task” or “End Process” option. Most commonly, malicious software masks itself to avoid detection by imitating legitimate MS Windows processes. A process is particularly suspicious: it is taking up a lot of memory (despite the fact that you closed all of your applications), its name is not familiar to you (if you are in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for its name in Google, Yahoo or Bing).
Next, uninstall any undesired and suspicious software from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, press the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Choose “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of programs installed on your personal computer. Most probably, one of them is the hijacker that changes web browser settings to replace your newtab, start page and default search engine with Weather Reports webpage. Select the suspicious program or the program that name is not familiar to you and remove it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in Microsoft Windows, choose “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, select “Uninstall a program”.
Select the questionable or any unknown applications, then press “Uninstall/Change” button to remove this unwanted program from your PC.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Choose an undesired application, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Get rid of Weather Reports redirect from Chrome
If your Chrome internet browser is redirected to undesired Weather Reports page, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser application to its default settings.
- First, start the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the addon labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Remove Weather Reports from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to restore all web-browser default search engine, newtab and startpage you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your computer.
First, start the Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The IE will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your system for the changes to take effect. It will remove browser hijacker related to Weather Reports redirect, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like new tab page, start page and search provider by default to default state.
Remove Weather Reports from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
The Mozilla Firefox reset will keep your personal information such as bookmarks, passwords, web form auto-fill data and remove unwanted search engine and homepage such as Weather Reports, modified preferences, extensions and security settings.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and press the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu like below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed in the following example.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your Mozilla Firefox web-browser settings to its original state.
Clean up the web browsers shortcuts that have been hijacked by Weather Reports
The Weather Reports browser hijacker and other web-browser’s malicious plugins, may hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all web-browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument such as http://site.address/.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to open your web browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the browser which is redirected to the Weather Reports or other intrusive web site.
Further, necessary to look at the text that is written in the “Target” field. The browser hijacker responsible for redirecting your web browser to Weather Reports webpage can change the contents of this field, which describes the file to be start when you open your web-browser. Depending on the web browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text similar to “http://site.addres” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as on the image below.
Next, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you open the browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the Weather Reports site or any other annoying webpages. Once the step is complete, we recommend to go to the next step.
Run free malware removal utilities to completely get rid of Weather Reports search
Many antivirus companies have designed apps that help detect and remove browser hijacker, and thereby revert back all your typical browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to run. Your PC can have lots of potentially unwanted apps, adware and browser hijacker infections installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or harmful program returns after rebooting the computer, then run your computer into Safe Mode and run the anti malware utility again.
Delete Weather Reports startpage with Zemana Anti-Malware
Zemana highly recommended, because it can find security threats such ‘ad supported’ software and browser hijackers that most ‘classic’ antivirus software fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any Weather Reports browser hijacker removal problems which cannot be fixed by this tool automatically, then Zemana provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Now you can setup and use Zemana Free to delete Weather Reports from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Visit the following page to download Zemana Free installer called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your system. Save it on your Desktop.
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Run the installer after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your PC system.
During setup you can change some settings, but we recommend you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is complete, this malicious software removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan” button to find hijacker responsible for redirects to Weather Reports. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a malicious software, adware or PUPs are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is done.
When Zemana Free has completed scanning, Zemana will show a list of all items detected by the scan. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana will delete browser hijacker that causes browsers to open intrusive Weather Reports web page. Once that process is done, you can be prompted to restart your machine to make the change take effect.
Use HitmanPro to remove Weather Reports search
The HitmanPro utility is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove browser hijacker responsible for Weather Reports redirect, malware, PUPs and ad supported software from system (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP) and thereby restore web browsers default settings (homepage, newtab and default search engine). HitmanPro is powerful enough to detect and delete malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the machine.
Download HitmanPro on your PC system from the following link.
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When the download is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro desktop icon. When the utility is started, you will see a screen as shown in the figure below.
Further, press “Next” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker infection that redirects your browser to undesired Weather Reports site. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your personal computer. Once Hitman Pro has completed scanning your system, HitmanPro will open a scan report as displayed on the screen below.
Once you’ve selected what you want to remove from your machine click “Next” button. It will show a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button.
Scan and clean your PC system of hijacker with Malwarebytes
Manual Weather Reports search removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker can be not completely removed. We recommend that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer of browser hijacker infection. Moreover, the free program will help you to delete malicious software, potentially unwanted software, ad supported software and toolbars that your machine can be infected too.
Installing the MalwareBytes Free is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware on your computer by clicking on the following link.
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Update: November 9, 2017
Once the downloading process is complete, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup as on the image below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as on the image below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your system for the browser hijacker which developed to redirect your web-browser to the Weather Reports site. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine. While the MalwareBytes Free is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
When the scan get finished, MalwareBytes will display a scan report. Once you’ve selected what you want to remove from your personal computer click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove hijacker which changes browser settings to replace your newtab, home page and search provider with Weather Reports web-site and move items to the program’s quarantine. After the procedure is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your system.
The following video explains tutorial on how to remove hijacker infection, adware and other malware with MalwareBytes Free.
Use AdBlocker to stop Weather Reports and stay safe online
If you want to remove annoying advertisements, web-browser redirects and pop ups, then install an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard. It can block Weather Reports redirect, ads, pop ups and stop webpages from tracking your online activities when using the Google Chrome, IE, Edge and Mozilla Firefox. So, if you like browse the Internet, but you do not like unwanted advertisements and want to protect your system from malicious web-sites, then the AdGuard is your best choice.
Download AdGuard by clicking on the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
Once the downloading process is complete, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as shown in the following example.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you launch your PC system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-up ads, Weather Reports redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent the Weather Reports browser hijacker
To sum up
Now your system should be free of the Weather Reports hijacker infection and other browser’s malicious extensions. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popups and undesired malicious webpages) and Zemana Anti-Malware (to periodically scan your computer for new hijackers and other malicious software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to delete Weather Reports search from the Google Chrome, MS Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.