Prevent Weather Forecast Now from hijacking your browser

Also Known As: search.weatherforecastnow.net redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Weather Forecast Now browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Weather Forecast Now?

Weather Forecast Now is but one of many browser hijackers. It is advertised as a tool for quick access to local weather forecasts, with an additional web searching tool. Weather Forecast Now modifies browsers by changing their settings and forcing users to use its fake search engine (search.weatherforecastnow.net). It can also track data; spy on browsing activity and gather personal information. Since most users install it inadvertently, it is considered a PUA (potentially unwanted application).

search.weatherforecastnow.net browser hijacker

Typically, browser hijackers target browser boasting the greatest popularity (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer). Attempting to use a hijacked browser is an exercise in futility. These rogue applications change browser's homepages, new tab/window URL and default search engine. The changes affect browsing thusly: every new tab/window opened and every web search done via the URL tab - all redirect to their fake search engines or generate a redirection chain, possibly ending with a legitimate search engine (e.g. Google, Bing, Yahoo and others). Weather Forecast Now changes these settings to search.weatherforecastnow.net, which if used - redirects to search.yahoo.com. While these modifications may seem easy to undo, any changes made are reset or access to the settings is outright denied. Hence, without removal of the hijacker app - recovering the altered browser is impossible. It is noteworthy, that Weather Forecast Now is often spread alongside Hide My Searches, also an unwanted application. Browser hijackers are notorious for their data tracking abilities, Weather Forecast Now also has such. By monitoring users' browsing habits, they can gather personal information (IP address, geolocation and real-life identity details). What is crucial to understand, is that this data is then passed onto third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it in order to generate revenue. PUAs (browser hijackers included) can cause various browser and system invasions/infections, as well as lead to severe privacy issues (even identity theft). Due to risks posed to both devices and users, all dubious applications must be removed immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Weather Forecast Now
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), McAfee (GenericR-PBK!B860CF8C4CB5), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Weather forecasting.
Supposed Functionality Weather Forecast Now, Weather
Promoted URL search.weatherforecastnow.net
Serving IP Address (search.weatherforecastnow.net) 54.88.47.136
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 Weather Forecast Now 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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There is a countless number of PUAs out there, browser hijackers are in no way a minority. These apps share many traits in-between, some are even identical. Relevant examples to Weather Forecast Now include: Quick Local WeatherTV NowLive Radio Now and others. PUAs are designed for maximum legitimacy and often posses an innocuous look. They tend to offer various features, advertising them as highly functional and beneficial. However, in most cases all features are nonoperational. The only purpose of undesirable applications is to create profit for their developers; to users they are of no real value. PUAs cause unwanted redirects to sale-based, untrustworthy and even malicious websites, they run intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.) and some track data.

How did Weather Forecast Now install on my computer?

PUAs can infiltrate devices without user consent/knowledge, through invasive ads. Usually located within compromised sites, intrusive adverts can execute scripts to make rogue downloads/installs of unwanted applications. They can also be installed by users themselves, from "official" websites (like that of Weather Forecast Now) or along with desired programs. "Bundling" is a deceitful marketing technique, by which ordinary software is pre-packed with undesirable content. By rushing through the installation process (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options and etc.) - users can inadvertently allow PUAs onto their systems.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is strongly advised to only use official and verified sources for downloading, as opposed to peer-to-peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders. Untrustworthy sources are more likely to contain bundled software. When installing, users should read terms, in order to make sure that there is no foul play involved. Additionally, they should explore all possible options, use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from all supplementary apps/features. When browsing, users are encouraged to avoid untrustworthy sites and suspicious ads. Due to the legitimate appearance of most intrusive advertisements, it is easy to be tricked into clicking them. However a telltale sign of such an advert, can be the kind of websites it redirects to (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and similar). In case of encounters with such advertisements and/or redirects, users should check their systems and remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Weather Forecast Now, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Weather Forecast Now browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Weather Forecast Now browser hijacker installation setup

Weather Forecast Now download page asks for various permissions:

Weather Forecast Now asking for permissions

Website promoting Weather Forecast Now browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Weather Forecast Now browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Weather Forecast Now 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.weatherforecastnow.net browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Weather Forecast Now browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.weatherforecastnow.net 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.weatherforecastnow.net 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.weatherforecastnow.net 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.weatherforecastnow.net 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 "Weather Forecast Now".

Optional method:

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

Change your homepage:

Removing search.weatherforecastnow.net 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 "Weather Forecast Now" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.weatherforecastnow.net 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.weatherforecastnow.net 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.weatherforecastnow.net" 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.weatherforecastnow.net 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.weatherforecastnow.net 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 "Weather Forecast Now", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").

Change your homepage:

Removing search.weatherforecastnow.net 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 "Weather Forecast Now" or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.weatherforecastnow.net 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.weatherforecastnow.net 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.weatherforecastnow.net 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.

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