What is Quick Local Weather?
Quick Local Weather is a browser hijacker, endorsed as a tool for quick access to weather forecasts and other weather-related content.
This rogue application operates by changing browser settings in order to promote its fake search engine - search.hquicklocalweather.com. It also has data tracking abilities. Quick Local Weather is additionally categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application), due to most users installing it inadvertently.
Commonly, browser hijackers target popular browsers (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.). After successful infiltration, these apps change browser's default search engine, new tab/window URL and homepage. Quick Local Weather changes them to search.hquicklocalweather.com.
While these alterations may seem easy to undo, any changes users make are simply reset, if access to the settings is at all permitted. By attempting to use a hijacked browser users are bound to experience an abysmal browsing experience.
To elaborate, every new tab/window opened and every search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to search.hquicklocalweather.com. Most fake search engines are unable to generate search results, therefore they redirect to legitimate search engines (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.).
This is also the case with search.hquicklocalweather.com, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. As mentioned, Quick Local Weather has data tracking abilities. By monitoring browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.), it gathers users' personal information (IP address, geolocation and personal details).
Users should note, that this information is then passed onto third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it to generate revenue. Therefore, presence of data tracking applications on devices can cause various browser and system invasions/infections, as well as lead to serious privacy issues (even culminate in identity theft).
Quick Local Weather is often distributed alongside another PUA called Hide My Searches. To ensure device and user safety, all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|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.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hquicklocalweather.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Developers of Quick Local Weather have released dozens of identical browser hijackers (e.g. Transit Schedules, Your Online Speed Test, Your Online Speed Test, etc.). In fact, most applications of this kind are very similar. Usually, these unwanted apps appear legitimate and offer various "useful" features.
However, these features are rarely operational and instead cause a variety of issues. The only purpose of PUAs is to generate revenue for their developers; to users they have no genuine value.
PUAs hijack browsers, cause redirects to sale-based, untrustworthy and malicious websites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.) and gather sensitive data.
How did Quick Local Weather install on my computer?
Quick Local Weather has an official website, where it is free to download. However, PUAs can also be installed alongside wanted software. The deceptive marketing method of packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling".
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of PUA invasions. These applications can also be downloaded/installed by intrusive advertisements. Once clicked, they can execute scripts designed to make such rogue downloads/installs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is highly recommended to only use official and verified download sources. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), free file-hosting and unofficial websites, third party downloaders and similar channels - are considered to be untrustworthy, therefore are advised against use.
Software downloaded from such sources is more likely to be bundled with undesirable or malicious content. Download/Installation processes should be treated with care. Therefore, it is advised to explore terms and all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from downloading/installing supplementary applications/features.
If users are interested in installing these additions, they should conclude good research to verify the legitimacy of the offer. Intrusive ads typically appear ordinary and innocuous. However, these advertisements redirect to untrustworthy sites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and etc.).
Should users experience redirects to untrustworthy websites and/or unwanted ads - it is recommended to inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins.
Quick Local Weather asking for browser permissions:
Quick Local Weather browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Quick Local Weather browser hijacker:
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- What is Quick Local Weather?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Quick Local Weather application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hquicklocalweather.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Quick Local Weather browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hquicklocalweather.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hquicklocalweather.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Quick Local Weather browser hijacker 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 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:
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 any recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" 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".
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.
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 "Quick Local Weather" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the 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:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the 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".
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 (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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (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:
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.
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, 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 and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
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 top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hquicklocalweather.com redirect, 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.
A 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.
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