What is The Global Weather Tab?
The Global Weather Tab is a browser hijacker which changes certain browser settings to the-global-weather.com, the address of a fake search engine.
Apps of this type often gather browsing-related information. Note that users often download and install browser hijackers such as The Global Weather Tab inadvertently and, for this reason, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Most browser hijackers promote fake search engine addresses by changing browser settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. The Global Weather Tab assigns these addresses to the-global-weather.com so that users are forced to visit this address when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar.
The-global-weather.com redirects users to search.yahoo.com, and thus users are provided with results generated by Yahoo. I.e., the-global-weather.com does not generate any unique results, and is thus a fake search engine. To remove its address from the aforementioned settings, users must first uninstall The Global Weather Tab.
Most browser hijackers gather information relating to users' browsing habits. For example, geolocations, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, and IP addresses. Furthermore, PUAs might also collect sensitive information. The developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misuse it to generate revenue in other ways.
Browsers hijacked by apps such as The Global Weather Tab can thus result in problems relating to online privacy, web browsing safety or even identity theft. Therefore, never download or install any PUAs.
|Name||The Global Weather Tab|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||The Global Weather Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience.|
|Serving IP Address (the-global-weather.com)||22.214.171.124|
|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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In summary, browser hijackers are developed to promote fake search engines and gather data. Note that the developers advertise them as useful, legitimate applications, however, most are useless and can cause serious issues. Some examples of other browser hijackers are Road Maps & Traffic, Play Game Now and Satellite And Earth Maps.
How did The Global Weather Tab install on my computer?
In some cases, users download and install unwanted apps through clicking advertisements that execute certain scripts. Unwanted downloads and installations more often occur during download/installation of other programs. I.e., when PUAs are included into the set-ups as 'additional offers'.
This method is called "bundling". Typically, included apps can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings of set-ups. When users download and install programs without checking and changing these settings, they often allow PUAs to infiltrate.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Check all "Custom, "Advanced" and other similar settings available in the download/installation set-ups and decline offers to download or install additionally-included, unwanted apps. Do not download or install software through third party software downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule or other such tools.
Use official websites and direct links. Do not click intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious pages (e.g., on those relating to gambling, pornography, or adult dating), since they can open untrusted websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations.
Remove all unknown, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons that are installed on browser, and programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with The Global Weather Tab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
the-global-weather.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):
Notification stating that The Global Weather Tab can read and change certain data:
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- What is The Global Weather Tab?
- STEP 1. Uninstall The Global Weather Tab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove the-global-weather.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove The Global Weather Tab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove the-global-weather.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove the-global-weather.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
The Global Weather Tab 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, "The Global Weather Tab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the the-global-weather.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
The Global Weather Tab 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://the-global-weather.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 "The Global Weather Tab".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the the-global-weather.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 "The Global Weather Tab" 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 "The Global Weather Tab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.the-global-weather.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 "the-global-weather.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 the-global-weather.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 "The Global Weather Tab", 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 "The Global Weather Tab", remove hxxp://the-global-weather.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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with the-global-weather.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 the-global-weather.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.
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