Stopping Quick Local Weather from hijacking your browser

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

Quick Local Weather browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Quick Local Weather?

Quick Local Weather is a browser hijacker, endorsed as an application for quick access to weather forecasts, featuring a web searching tool. This rogue application changes browser settings, promotes a fake search engine - search.hquicklocalweather.com, and tracks user data (specifically, their browsing habits). Quick Local Weather can be categorized as a PUA (potentially unwanted application), due to its rogue installation without explicit user consent.

search.hquicklocalweather.com browser hijacker

Commonly browser hijackers target the most popular browsers (such as, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer). After successful infiltration they change browser settings, including: default search engine, new tab URL and homepage. Quick Local Weather changes them to search.hquicklocalweather.com. These changes can appear as easily reversible, yet any attempts to do so are nullified as Quick Local Weather simply resets them. Therefore, by opening a hijacked browser users are bound to experience an abysmal browsing experience. Every new tab/window opened, every web search through the URL bar - redirects to search.hquicklocalweather.com. Additionally, the search engine set by search.hquicklocalweather.com is illegitimate and redirects user to search.yahoo.com. In other words, it does not generate any search results by itself but employs the Yahoo search engine. Both Quick Local Weather and search.hquicklocalweather.com have data-tracking capabilities; information of interest being - IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, geolocations, URLs visited, pages viewed, search engine history and similar data. This information contains traces of users' personal details. What is vital to understand is that this information is then passed onto third parties (possibly, even cyber criminals), who can misuse it in order to make profit. Therefore, having data-tracking applications and visiting rogue sites can result in system infections, compromise browser safety, endanger user privacy and identity (potentially culminating in identity theft). It must be noted that Quick Local Weather is distributed alongside Hide My Searches app, both are categorized as potentially unwanted applications. Immediate removal of all PUAs is highly recommended to ensure device and user safety.

Threat Summary:
Name Quick Local Weather
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Quick Local Weather, Weather
Supposed Functionality Weather forecasting.
Promoted URL search.hquicklocalweather.com
Serving IP Address (search.hquicklocalweather.com) 34.195.214.115
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.
Additional Information Quick Local Weather is distributed alongside with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.
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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Developers of the Quick Local Weather application, have released dozens of identical browser hijacking apps (for example, Transit SchedulesYour Online Speed TestYour Online Speed Test and others). In fact, most applications of this kind are very similar. Often these undesired apps are designed to appear legitimate and offer "functional" and "useful" features. However, these features rarely operate as promised and instead cause a variety of issues. It must be stressed that the sole purpose of PUAs - is to generate revenue for their developers; they do so by promoting fake search engines, causing unauthorized redirects to sale-based as well as malicious websites, running intrusive advertisement campaigns and gathering intel on users' browsing habits and personal details.

How did Quick Local Weather install on my computer?

Quick Local Weather has an official website, where it is free to download. Mostly, PUAs are installed unintentionally and often without express user permission. These unwanted applications can be autonomously installed by intrusive advertisements executing scripts. Said adverts can be found in unreliable, compromised sites or be delivered by adware-type apps already present in one's system. Another cause of PUA infiltration can be install packs/bundles. Designers of said applications implement a false marketing method termed "bundling", by which regular software is packed together with rogue applications. As hasty users have a habit of skipping steps, ignoring terms and "Custom/Advanced" settings of the installation process - the probability of PUAs slipping into their systems rises dramatically. To summarize, careless approach to browsing and downloading/installing software - can lead to undesired app presence in one's device, as well as the risks they themselves carry.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Knowledge, attentiveness and caution - are crucial to computer and user safety. It is highly recommended to use only official and verified sources for all software downloads. Using peer-to-peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders - is strong advised against; as programs downloaded from untrustworthy sources are likely to be bundled with PUAs. When installing software it is imperative to explore terms, possible options and the "Custom/Advanced" settings; additionally users are advised to opt-out from installing supplementary applications/features and decline downloading such from elsewhere. If tempted to allow additional apps into their devices, users should conclude at least a base amount of research to verify the legitimacy of the offer. When browsing, it is prudent to avoid suspicious websites and not indulge in reckless clicking of adverts. The latter is important because invasive ads frequently appear utterly innocuous, therefore easily luring users into clicking them. However, it should be noted that the sites they often redirect to (gambling, pornographic, adult-dating and etc.) are easier to deem as unsafe. To end spontaneous redirects to untrustworthy websites and/or displaying of unwanted advertisements - it is recommended to inspect one's device and remove any suspicious applications and/or likewise suspect browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Quick Local Weather, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Quick Local Weather asking for browser permissions:

Quick Local Weather asking for browser permission

Quick Local Weather browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Quick Local Weather browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting Quick Local Weather browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Quick Local Weather browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Quick Local Weather 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.hquicklocalweather.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Quick Local Weather browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.hquicklocalweather.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.hquicklocalweather.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.hquicklocalweather.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.hquicklocalweather.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 Local Weather".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hquicklocalweather.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.hquicklocalweather.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 Local Weather" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hquicklocalweather.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 "Quick Local Weather" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.hquicklocalweather.com or hxxps://hidemysearches.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.hquicklocalweather.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 "hxxp://search.hquicklocalweather.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.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.hquicklocalweather.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.hquicklocalweather.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 Local Weather" (or simply "Weather"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.hquicklocalweather.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 Local Weather" (or simply "Weather") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.hquicklocalweather.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.hquicklocalweather.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.hquicklocalweather.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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