Weather Waves browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Weather Waves?
Weather Waves is advertised as a tool which allows users to check whether forecast directly from a new browser tab. It may look like a completely legitimate application, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker. Like many other apps of this type Weather Waves is designed to promote address of a fake search engine by changing browser's settings. This app promotes weatherwaves.co. As a rule, browser hijackers operate as information tracking tools as well, they collect various browsing-related information. Apps like Weather Waves are called a potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) because people usually download and install them inadvertently.
Weather Waves and many other browser hijackers promote fake search engines by modifying browser's settings such as address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. This app sets them to weatherwaves.co and does not allow users to remove it from these settings as long as it is installed on a browser. Simply said, Weather Waves is designed to make sure that users would visit weatherwaves.co when they open a browser (new window), new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Typically, the only way to stop a hijacked browser from opening address of a fake search engine on the aforementioned occasions is to uninstall a browser hijacker. Besides, most fake search engines do not generate any unique results. It is common that they either display results generated by some other, usually legitimate search engine or provide users with misleading results. If used, weatherwaves.co provides search results generated by Yahoo search engine (it redirects to search.yahoo.com). Another problem with browser hijackers is that most of them are designed to gather some information. Usually targeted information is geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses and other browsing data. However, some personal, confidential data may be targeted too. There is always a possibility that their developers could sell gathered information to third parties, potentially, cyber criminals who would misuse it to generate in other ways. It means that users who have apps like Weather Waves installed on a browser and/or operating system risk to become victims of identity theft, experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, and/or other issues. That is why such applications should never be installed.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Weather Waves supposed to deliver a quick access to feather forecasts|
|Serving IP Address (weatherwaves.co)||184.108.40.206|
|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 classified as browser hijackers too. Unfortunately, there are many more apps of this type. Either way, most of them supposed to be useful in one or another way (deliver some features, improve browsing experience, etc.). However, most of them are useless and can cause various problems. Typically, the only things that they are designed to do is to promote some fake search engine and gather various data.
How did Weather Waves install on my computer?
Most PUAs get downloaded and/or installed together with other, usually free programs. To be more precise, when they are distributed by including them in various download and/or installation setups. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Unwanted downloads and/or installations are being caused when users download and/or install programs without checking settings that are included in their setups and declining offers to download and/or install unwanted application. Those offers usually can be found in "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar settings of setups. In some cases such downloads and installations can happen due to clicked deceptive advertisements that are designed to cause downloads, installations by executing certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is not safe to download and/or install software, files through third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule and other Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, and other channels of this kind. These channels can be used to spread various unwanted and even malicious programs. Therefore, it is recommended to download everything from official websites and via direct links. Also, it is important to check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of any download and/or installation setup and. Quite often they mention offers to download and/or install unwanted applications, they can always be dismissed before completing download and/or installation processes. Intrusive ads that are being shown on shady websites (e.g., related to gambling, pornography, adult dating) should not be trusted/clicked. Tho ads can open various untrustworthy websites or cause downloads or even installations of unwanted software. Any unwanted extensions, add-ons or plug-ins that are installed on a browser should be removed from it right away. It should be applied to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system too. If your computer is already infected with Weather Waves, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Weather Waves download page (opened with Mozilla):
Notification saying that Weather Waves can access various data:
Weather Waves download page (opened with Chrome):
Notification saying 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 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, "Weather Waves"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which 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 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 "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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove weatherwaves.co redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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