Accurate Weather Today browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Accurate Weather Today?
The Accurate Weather Today app supposedly provides quick access to weather forecast websites. In fact, it is designed to promote a fake search engine by changing certain browser settings to accurateweathertoday.com. Apps of this type are categorized as browser hijackers and potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Typically, people download and install PUAs inadvertently. Additionally, most browser hijackers are designed to record information about users' browsing habits. Research shows that Accurate Weather Today is distributed and installed together with another PUA called Search Defender Prime.
Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Accurate Weather Today assigns them to accurateweathertoday.com. People who use browsers with this app installed on them are forced to visit accurateweathertoday.com when they open a new window, tab, or search through the URL bar. Most browser hijackers prevent users from undoing/changing settings that were appointed by them - the only option is to remove/uninstall these apps from browsers and/or computers. Note that most fake search engines do not generate any unique results - they provide results that are generated by other, usually legitimate, search engines. In this case, accurateweathertoday.com displays results gathered by Yahoo (search.yahoo.com). Furthermore, browser hijackers gather data such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, and so on. These apps might also collect personal, sensitive data. The developers often share the information with third parties (cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, having a browser hijacked by apps of this type can lead to problems with browsing safety, privacy, and some users might even have their identities stolen by cyber criminals.
|Name||Accurate Weather Today|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Accurate Weather Today|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly provides quick access to various weather forecast sites.|
|Serving IP Address (accurateweathertoday.com)||22.214.171.124|
|Detection Names (accurateweathertoday.com)||Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Additional Information||Accurate Weather Today is distributed with another browser hijacker called Search Defender Prime.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Some examples of apps that are also browser hijackers include Find My Nascar Lineup, Web Gamer World and FileConvertPro. Typically, these apps are advertised as tools that supposedly help to browse the web, quickly access various websites, and provide other features. In fact, most are useless, cause various problems, and are designed only help developers to generate revenue.
How did Accurate Weather Today install on my computer?
If clicked, some advertisements run scripts that cause download/installation of unwanted applications. In other cases, people end up having PUAs downloaded and/or installed when they download and/or install other, regular software. PUAs are often included in the download/installation set-ups of various software. This distribution method is called "bundling". Developers present these unwanted apps as additional offers, which can be found in settings of the set-ups such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on. Many people fail to check these settings and leave them unchanged, thereby agreeing by default with offers to download and/or install additional, potentially unwanted software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Avoid downloading software from unofficial pages, using Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule (and other such tools), third party downloaders, etc., and installing it using third party installers. Download via direct download links and official, trustworthy websites. Check all settings such as "Custom", "Advanced" of any download or installation setup, and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted software. Do not trust or click intrusive ads that are displayed on web pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and others - they often redirect to untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or cause download or installation of unwanted applications. Do not click ads of this type. Check the list of apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) that are installed on the browser and remove any unwanted, unknown entries. Also remove any software of this kind installed on the computer/operating system. If your computer is already infected with Accurate Weather Today, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Website promoting Accurate Weather Today browser hijacker:
Accurate Weather Today asks for permission to read and change data on Google Chrome:
Accurate Weather Today asks for permission to read and change data on Mozilla Firefox:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Accurate Weather Today?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Accurate Weather Today application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove accurateweathertoday.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Accurate Weather Today browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove accurateweathertoday.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove accurateweathertoday.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Accurate Weather Today 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, "Accurate Weather Today"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the accurateweathertoday.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Accurate Weather Today 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://accurateweathertoday.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 "Accurate Weather Today".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the accurateweathertoday.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 "Accurate Weather Today" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Search Defender Prime"), 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 "Accurate Weather Today" or "Search Defender Prime", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://accurateweathertoday.com or hxxps://searchdefenderprime.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://accurateweathertoday.com" and "hxxp://searchdefenderprime.com", and 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 accurateweathertoday.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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Accurate Weather Today", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Search Defender Prime").
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 "Accurate Weather Today" or "Search Defender Prime", remove hxxp://accurateweathertoday.com or hxxp://searchdefenderprime.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: "accurateweathertoday"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with accurateweathertoday.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 accurateweathertoday.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 accurateweathertoday.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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