Weather For Chrome Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Weather For Chrome?
Weather For Chrome is a deceptive application that supposedly adds a Google Chrome feature allowing users to check local weather forecasts without visiting any external websites. On initial inspection, Weather For Chrome may seem legitimate and useful, however, it often infiltrates systems without users’ permission.
Furthermore, Weather For Chrome feeds users with various 'malvertising' ads and continually gathers sensitive data. For these reasons, Weather For Chrome is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
Immediately after infiltration, Weather For Chrome delivers pop-up, coupon, banner, and other similar malicious ads. To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing users' Internet browsing experience.
In addition, the ads typically lead to malicious websites and, in some cases, execute scripts that download/install malware. Therefore, even accidental clicks might result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Weather For Chrome is essentially used to generate fraudulent advertising revenue.
In addition, Weather For Chrome continually records various information (mostly relating to users' Internet browsing activity). Collected data often includes personal details that developers sell to third parties. In doing so, Weather For Chrome's developers put your privacy at risk.
Furthermore, although Weather For Chrome is not confirmed to misuse system resources, most PUPs do. These programs are likely to mine cryptocurrency or run other unwanted processes in the background, without permission.
The presence of such applications significantly reduces system performance. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to uninstall Weather For Chrome adware immediately.
|Name||Ads by Weather for Chrome|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Weather For Chrome is identical to Check Weather, Tabs To Windows, History Cleaner, and several other apps. In fact, adware-type programs are very similar. Although, they offer different "useful features", all have identical behavior. The only purpose of adware is to generate revenue for the developers.
Thus, claims to provide 'useful features' are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Most of these applications deliver no real value for regular users. Weather For Chrome and other adware pose a direct threat to privacy and Internet browsing safety by feeding users with malicious ads and gathering user-system information.
How did Weather For Chrome install on my computer?
This PUP is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, as mentioned above, Weather For Chrome often infiltrates systems without permission. This is due to lack of knowledge and careless behavior by many users.
Developers proliferate Weather For Chrome via the aforementioned malicious ads, and using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs together with regular software/apps.
Developers hide "bundled" apps within various sections (usually the "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes - they do not properly disclose this information.
Furthermore, users often rush these processes and skip steps, and are likely to click various ads without considering the possible consequences. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and especially when downloading/installing software. Cyber criminals invest a great deal of resources into designing malicious ads.
Therefore, most appear genuine, however, 'malvertising' ads are distinguishable for their redirects - they lead to various dubious websites (e.g., survey, gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.) If you are redirected to this type of website, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.
Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogues and exclude all additional applications. We also recommend that you download your applications from official sources only and, preferably, using a direct download link, since third party downloaders/installers are monetized using the "bundling" method.
The appearance of Weather For Chrome adware extension in Google Chrome browser:
IMPORTANT NOTE! Weather For Chrome installs its Google Chrome extension as Administrator (read more here), thereby preventing removal. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:
1) Open the Command Prompt by clicking the start menu button and typing "command prompt". Right click the "Command Prompt" result and select "Run as Administrator":
2) Execute the following commands:
- rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
- rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
- gpupdate /force
After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this adware.
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Weather For Chrome?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Weather For Chrome application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Weather For Chrome adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Weather For Chrome ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Weather For Chrome' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Weather For Chrome extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Weather For Chrome adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Weather For Chrome", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Weather For Chrome ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Weather For Chrome adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Weather For Chrome", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weather for chrome, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Weather for Chrome", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weather for chrome, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove "Weather For Chrome".
Computer users who have problems with ads by weather for chrome removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weather for chrome, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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