Removal of Easy Weather Forecast browser-hijacking application

Also Known As: search.heasyweatherforecast.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Easy Weather Forecast browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Easy Weather Forecast?

Easy Weather Forecast is a rogue application that claims to provide users with various weather forecasts. Judging on its appearance alone, Easy Weather Forecast actually seems appropriate and handy. Nevertheless, it is actually categorized as a potentially unwanted application, as well as a browser hijacker. That's because it often infiltrates computers without user's consent, as well as promotes a fake web search engine and records various information.

search.heasyweatherforecast.com browser hijacker

This unwanted application is designed to target the most popular web browsers like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox. Once infiltrated, Easy Weather Forecast assigns new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options as search.heasyweatherforecast.com. Although these changes are insignificant, users are unable to revert them. That's because Easy Weather Forecast reassigns them (or simply prevents users from accessing) every time attempts to change them are made. Ultimately users have no choice but to visit search.heasyweatherforecast.com every time a new browsing tab/window is opened or a search query is entered into URL bar. It is also worth mentioning that search.heasyweatherforecast.com redirects visitors to search.yahoo.com every time they enter a search query. Users simply end up searching the web via Yahoo - a legitimate web search engine. search.heasyweatherforecast.com does not generate any search results by itself and as a search engine it is completely useless. Be aware that Easy Weather Forecast and search.heasyweatherforecast.com are both designed to monitor user's web browsing activity. IP addresses, search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, and other similar recorded data usually includes personal details. However, what's more important is that developers share it with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons generate revenue by misusing received information and, thus, data tracking may eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. We highly recommend to eliminate Easy Weather Forecast browser hijacker and never visit search.heasyweatherforecast.com site again.

Threat Summary:
Name Easy Weather Forecast
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Zusy.285085), Emsisoft (Application.AdSearch (A)), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.StartPage), McAfee (Artemis!DEE59B718230), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Weather, Easy Weather Forecast
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly provides users with weather forecasts.
Promoted URL search.heasyweatherforecast.com
Serving IP Address (search.heasyweatherforecast.com) 18.208.255.250
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
Damage Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.
Removal

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There are dozens of browser-hijacking applications identical to search.heasyweatherforecast.com. The list of examples includes (but it is not limited to) Your Photo Editor, Sattelite Earth, Get Easy Coupons. Notice that listed applications also offer "useful functions". However, their true and only purpose os to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, rather than giving any real value for the users, these programs cause unwanted redirects (thereby promoting rogue sites, most of which are fake web search engines) and record various information.

How did Easy Weather Forecast install on my computer?

Although Easy Weather Forecast is free for anyone to download at its official website, it often infiltrates the system without asking for a permission. That's because developers proliferate it by using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements are designed to redirect users to malicious websites and run scripts that download/install unwanted apps. "Bundling" is a stealth installation of third party applications along with the regular software. What developers do is hide "bundled" apps behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. What's more important is that users often carelessly click on various advertisements and skip most of download/installation steps. By doing so, users merely expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In order to prevent this situation users must firstly realize that the main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and reckless behavior. The key to its safety is caution and, therefore, paying attention when browsing the Internet, as well as downloading/installing software is a must. Always closely analyze each window of download/installation dialogs using either "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. While doing so, decline all offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out already included ones. Software should be downloaded only from official sources, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue applications, which is why such tools should never be used. It is also worth noting that intrusive advertisements typically look completely appropriate. Yet distinguishing is easy, because such advertisements usually lead to unreliable websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). Most of these ads are delivered using adware-type applications. Hence, users who encounter these ads/redirects frequently should remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Easy Weather Forecast, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Easy Weather Forecast browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Easy Weather Forecast browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Easy Weather Forecast browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

search.heasyweatherforecast.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "Easy Weather Forecast"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.heasyweatherforecast.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Easy Weather Forecast browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):

Video showing how to remove Easy Weather Forecast browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.heasyweatherforecast.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window, select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Easy Weather Forecast".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.heasyweatherforecast.com redirect, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Easy Weather Forecast" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Easy Weather Forecast" look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.heasyweatherforecast.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list look for "search.heasyweatherforecast.com" when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.heasyweatherforecast.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Easy Weather Forecast" (or simply "Weather"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window disable "Easy Weather Forecast" (or simply "Weather") remove hxxp://search.heasyweatherforecast.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.heasyweatherforecast.com from Mozilla Firefox default search engine

In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.heasyweatherforecast.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

Removal assistance:
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