Removal instructions for Quick Weather Search browser hijacker

Also Known As: search.quickweathersearch.com redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Quick Weather Search browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Quick Weather Search?

Quick Weather Search is a deceptive application that, according to the developers, allows users easily check weather forecasts. Judging on the appearance alone, search.quickweathersearch.com actually seems appropriate and handy. Nevertheless, it is actually categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) and a browser hijacker. The main reasons for these negative associations are stealth installation without user's consent, promotion of a fake web search engine, and information tracking.

search.quickweathersearch.com browser hijacker

As mentioned above, Quick Weather Search is designed to promote a search.quickweathersearch.com web search engines. To achieve this, Quick Weather Search hijacks the most popular web browsers and assigning new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options as search.quickweathersearch.com. Now these changes are insignificant. However, users are still unable to revert them, because search.quickweathersearch.com reassigns options every time attempts to change are made. Returning browsers to their previous states simply becomes impossible. Ultimately users are forced to visit search.quickweathersearch.com every time they open a new browsing tab or search the web via URL bar. As a result, web browsing quality significantly decreases. We should also mention that search.quickweathersearch.com redirects to users to search.yahoo.com whenever a search query is entered. Users merely end up searching the web via Yahoo search engine and search.quickweathersearch.com becomes completely irrelevant. Another significant downside is information tracking. Browser hijackers and fake web search engines often record IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other data relating to user's web browsing activity. Once recorded, this information is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These persons generate revenue by misusing received information. Therefore, data tracking might eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Users are strongly advised to uninstall Quick Weather Search browser hijacker and never visit search.quickweathersearch.com site again.

Threat Summary:
Name Quick Weather Search
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.AdLoad.afaqc), McAfee (PUP-HOQ), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Weather, Quick Weather Search
Supposed Functionality Weather forecasts.
Promoted URL search.quickweathersearch.com
Serving IP Address (search.quickweathersearch.com) 34.192.52.193
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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Quick Weather Search's developers have released dozens of browser-hijacking applications, all of which are virtually identical. By offering a huge variety of "useful functions", browser hijackers like Get Maps And DirectionsLogin To My EmailEasy Speed Test App (and many others) attempt (and often succeed) to create the impression of legitimacy/usefulness and to trick users into installation. The problem is that apps like Quick Weather Search have only one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers and, therefore, instead of giving any actual value for the user, these apps cause redirects and gather information, thereby significantly diminishing web browsing quality, as well as posing threat to user's privacy.

How did Quick Weather Search install on my computer?

This browser hijacker is free for anyone to download at their official websites. In most cases, however, Quick Weather Search infiltrates computers without user's consent. That's because developers proliferate it by using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive advertisements (which are usually delivered by adware-type applications) redirect users to unreliable websites and, in some cases, execute scripts that download/install PUAs. "Bundling", on the other hand, is an undercover installation of third party applications alongside with the regular software. Developers know that users often carelessly rush these procedures and skip most of the steps. For this reason, all "bundled" applications are hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. On top of all that, users often carelessly rush these procedures, skip most of the steps, and click on various advertisements. 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?

Every user should know that lack of knowledge and reckless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. Caution is the key to its safety and, therefore, paying close attention when browsing the Internet, as well as downloading/installing software is a must. Always be sure to carefully analyze each window of download/installation dialogs using either "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Opt-out additionally included programs and decline all offers to download/install such. We recommend to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since most of them are monetized using the "bundling" method. You should download programs only from official sources, preferably using direct download links. Moreover, keep in mind that intrusive advertisements usually redirect to unreliable websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). Ads of this type are usually delivered by adware-type apps. Hence users who encounter sucha ds/redirects frequently should remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with Quick Weather Search, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Quick Weather Search browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Quick Weather Search browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting Quick Weather Search browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Quick Weather Search browser hijacker

Quick Weather Search browser hijacker asking for permissions:

Quick Weather Search browser hijacker permissions

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Quick menu:

Quick Weather Search 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.quickweathersearch.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Quick Weather Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.quickweathersearch.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.quickweathersearch.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.quickweathersearch.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.quickweathersearch.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 "Quick Weather Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.quickweathersearch.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.quickweathersearch.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 "Quick Weather Search" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.quickweathersearch.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, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.quickweathersearch.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.quickweathersearch.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 disable "Quick Weather Search", look for "search.quickweathersearch.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.quickweathersearch.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.quickweathersearch.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 "Quick Weather Search" (or simply "Weather"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.quickweathersearch.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 "Quick Weather Search" remove hxxp://search.quickweathersearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.quickweathersearch.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: "quickweathersearch"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.quickweathersearch.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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