How to uninstall Weather Waves browser hijacker
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Weather Waves?
Weather Waves is advertised as allowing people to check weather forecasts directly from a new browser tab. This may seem to be a legitimate application, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker. Like many other apps of this type, Weather Waves promotes the address of a fake search engine by changing browser settings.
This app promotes weatherwaves.co in this way. Generally, browser hijackers also track information - they collect various browsing-related details. Apps such as Weather Waves are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since people usually download and install them inadvertently.
Weather Waves and many other browser hijackers promote fake search engines by modifying browser settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. This app assigns them to weatherwaves.co and does not allow users to remove it from the settings as long as it is installed on the browser.
In summary, Weather Waves forces users to visit weatherwaves.co when they open a browser (new window), new tab and enter search queries into the URL bar. Typically, the only way to stop a hijacked browser from opening the address of a fake search engine on the aforementioned occasions is to uninstall the hijacker.
Furthermore, most fake search engines do not generate any unique results. Commonly, they display results generated by other, usually legitimate search engines, or provide misleading information. If used, weatherwaves.co provides search results generated by the Yahoo search engine (it simply redirects to search.yahoo.com).
Most browser hijackers gather information such as geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses and other browsing data, however, personal, confidential data might also be targeted. Developers can sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who would misuse it to generate revenue in other ways.
Therefore, users who have apps such as Weather Waves installed on browsers or operating systems risk becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing problems relating to browsing safety, online privacy, and other issues. Therefore, never install these applications.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirects, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Supposed Functionality||Quick access to weather forecasts.|
|Serving IP Address (weatherwaves.co)||18.104.22.168|
|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.|
|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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RollingSearch, Radio Hub Online and Quick Photo Editor - these are the names of PUAs that are also classified as browser hijackers.
Unfortunately, there are many more apps of this type online. They are supposedly useful in various ways (deliver features, improve the browsing experience, etc.), however, most are useless and simply cause problems. They promote fake search engines and gather data.
How did Weather Waves install on my computer?
Most PUAs are downloaded and installed together with other (usually free) programs. I.e., when they are distributed by including them into various download/installation set-ups. This distribution method is known as "bundling".
Unwanted downloads and installations are also caused when people download and install their programs without checking settings included in the set-ups and failing to decline offers to download and install unwanted applications. The offers can usually be found in "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar settings of the set-ups.
In some cases, unwanted downloads and installations can happen due to clicked deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
It is not safe to download or install software/files through third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, or other channels of this kind. These channels can be used to spread unwanted and even malicious programs.
Therefore, download everything from official websites and via direct links. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of the download/installation setup and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted applications before completing the process.
Do not trust or click intrusive ads shown on dubious websites (e.g., relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating) - they can open untrusted websites or cause download/installation of unwanted software. Remove any unwanted extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed on the browser immediately.
Also apply this to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Weather Waves, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Weather Waves download web page (opened with Mozilla):
Notification stating that Weather Waves can access various data:
Weather Waves download web page (opened with Chrome):
Notification stating that Weather Waves can read and change various data
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 Weather Waves?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Weather Waves application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove weatherwaves.co redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Weather Waves browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove weatherwaves.co homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove weatherwaves.co redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Weather Waves 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, "Weather Waves"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the weatherwaves.co website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Weather Waves 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://weatherwaves.co 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 "Weather Waves".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the weatherwaves.co 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 "Weather Waves" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, 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 "Weather Waves, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.weatherwaves.co) 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 "weatherwaves.co", 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 weatherwaves.co 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 "Weather Waves", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
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 "Weather Waves", remove hxxp://weatherwaves.co 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with weatherwaves.co 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 weatherwaves.co 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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