My Weather Live browser hijacker removal instructions
What is My Weather Live?
My Weather Live is a browser hijacker. It is endorsed as a pack off tools, comprised of a quick access to weather forecasts and a fake search engine (search.myweatherlivetab.com). Due to most users installing this app inadvertently, it is classified as a PUA (potentially unwanted application). My Weather Live alters browser settings and promotes its fraudulent web searching tool, however it can also track data.
Typically, browser hijackers target browser boasting the greatest popularity (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and others). Once successfully within a system, they modify browsers by changing their homepages, default search engines and new tab/window URLs. The alterations affect browsers so that every new tab/window opened and every single search done via the URL bar - all would redirect to their fake web searching tools. My Weather Live changes all these into search.myweatherlivetab.com; as the latter cannot provide any search results it redirects to search.yahoo.com - a legitimate search engine. Attempting to use afflicted browsers is an exercise in futility. Without removal of the hijacking application, recovering seized browsers is impossible. Any changes users attempt to make are reset or access to the settings is outright denied. It is noteworthy, that My Weather Live is often spread alongside another PUA - Hide My Searches. As mentioned previously, most browser hijackers have data tracking abilities. By spying on users' browsing habits (search engine and browsing histories), they can infer their personal information (IP address, geolocation and real-life identity details). What is vital to know, is that this data is then passed onto third parties (possibly, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it to generate revenue. Therefore, presence of PUAs within devices can cause various browser and system invasions and/or infections, as well as lead to severe privacy issues (even culminate in identity theft). Due to these reasons, all undesirable applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Name||My Weather Live|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||My Weather Live, Weather|
|Supposed Functionality||Weather forecasting.|
|Serving IP Address (search.myweatherlivetab.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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||My Weather Live 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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PUAs are innumerous, browser hijackers likewise countless. However, these rogue applications frequently share common traits and some are even identical. Browser hijackers practically interchangeable with My Weather Live are: Current Weather App, Weather Forecast Now, Quick Local Weather and dozens of others. To create the illusion of legitimacy, PUAs offer various "useful" features. Despite how tempting the features can sound, they are almost always nonfunctional. The only purpose of unwanted apps is to create profit for their developers, therefore they rarely have other functions. Instead, they hijack browsers, generate redirects to sale-oriented, untrustworthy and malicious websites, run invasive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, etc.) and gather a variety of vulnerable data.
How did My Weather Live install on my computer?
By downloading from untrustworthy sources, users can get bundled content. "Bundling" is a false marketing tactic, by which ordinary software is packed together with PUAs. When installing, by ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options and otherwise rushing - users can miss the presence of undesirable content or deem it harmless, and consequently allow it onto their systems. Some PUAs also have "official" sites, where they can be downloaded (often for "free"). Invasive adverts (commonly located within compromised websites) can also spread PUAs, by executing scripts to autonomously download/install them. To summarize, haste and carelessness with download and install processes, as well as reckless browsing habits are the main causes of PUA infiltrations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is highly recommended to always research desired software, browser extensions/plug-ins, features and other content, before downloading/installing them - in order to verify their legitimacy. Only official and trustworthy download sources should be used, as opposed to peer-to-peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders. Users should read installation terms to learn whether there is foul play involved. When installing, they should explore all possible options, use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from installing additional apps/features or decline downloading such from elsewhere. It should be known that intrusive ads are often successfully designed to look ordinary and harmless. However, the websites they tend to redirect to (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and similar) are more obvious in their unreliability. In case of encounters with advertisements and/or redirects like this, users should inspect their device and remove all dubious apps and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with My Weather Live, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
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- What is My Weather Live?
- STEP 1. Uninstall My Weather Live application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.myweatherlivetab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove My Weather Live browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.myweatherlivetab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.myweatherlivetab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
My Weather Live browser hijacker removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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, "My Weather Live"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.myweatherlivetab.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
My Weather Live 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.myweatherlivetab.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 "My Weather Live".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myweatherlivetab.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 "My Weather Live" 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 "My Weather Live" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.myweatherlivetab.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.myweatherlivetab.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.myweatherlivetab.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 "My Weather Live" (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 "My Weather Live" (or simply "Weather") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.myweatherlivetab.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" or "myweatherlivetab"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.myweatherlivetab.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.myweatherlivetab.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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.myweatherlivetab.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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