What is the Weather adware?
During a routine inspection of deceptive download sites, we discovered a rogue app called Weather. After analyzing this piece of software, we learned that it operates as adware. Furthermore, we noted that Weather is practically identical to Prime adware.
Weather adware overview
Adware is designed to enable the placement of third-party graphical content (advertisements) on visited websites and/or other interfaces.
However, advertising-supported software may require certain conditions to be met (e.g., compatible browser/system or user geolocation, visits to specific sites, etc.) - to run intrusive advert campaigns. However, regardless of whether Weather (or other adware) displays ads or not - its presence on a system endangers device/user safety.
Adware-delivered adverts promote online scams, fraudulent/harmful applications, and even malware. Some intrusive advertisements are capable of downloading/installing software without user consent - once clicked on.
Note that any legitimate products encountered via these ads are highly unlikely to be promoted by their actual developers. Instead, this endorsement is undertaken by scammers abusing the products' affiliate programs to acquire illegitimate commissions.
Furthermore, Weather likely has data tracking abilities. Adware typically collects the following information: visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, personally identifiable details, usernames/passwords, financial/banking data, etc. The collected information is then shared with and/or sold to third-parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, the presence of software like Weather on devices can lead to system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||Ads by Weather|
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Detection Names (installer)||Avast (Win64:Adware-gen [Adw]), Combo Cleaner (Application.AdSearch), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Script.AdSearch.gen), Zillya (Adware.AdSearch.Script.1), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (app)||Combo Cleaner (Application.AdSearch), Jiangmin (AdWare.Script.gh), MAX (Malware (ai Score=77)), Zillya (Adware.AdSearch.Script.1), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Rogue Process Name||Weather Technologies Copyright © all rights reserved 2022 (process name may vary)|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
This software usually appears legitimate and useful. It also offers a wide variety of functionalities, which are rarely operational. Therefore, not only is advertising-supported software useless, but it also endangers device integrity and user privacy.
How did Weather install on my computer?
We downloaded Weather from a scam website. Users typically access adware-promoting webpages via redirects caused by sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, mistyped URLs, or installed adware (with browser force-opening abilities).
Advertising-supported software can also be bundled (packed together) with ordinary programs. Download from dubious channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations - increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
Intrusive adverts are employed to spread adware as well. When clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user permission.
How to avoid installation of adware?
We strongly advise researching software and downloading only from official/verified channels. Installation processes must be approached with caution, e.g., by reading terms, studying possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opting-out of all additions.
We highly recommend being vigilant when browsing - since illegitimate and malicious content usually appears harmless. For example, intrusive adverts look innocuous yet redirect to questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
If you experience such ads/redirects, inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Weather, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this adware.
Screenshot of Weather adware's installation setup contents:
Screenshot of Weather adware's process on Windows Task Manager ("Weather Technologies Copyright © all rights reserved 2022" process name):
Screenshot of the deceptive website used to promote Weather adware:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Weather?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Weather application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Weather ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove 'Ads by Weather' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove Weather extension from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Weather adware 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 "Weather", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application (which causes Weather ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Weather adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Weather did not install its browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weather, 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", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by weather 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by weather, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What harm can adware cause?
Adware can decrease browsing quality and system performance. It is also considered to be a privacy threat, as this software usually has data tracking functionalities. Adware-delivered advertisements can be deceptive/malicious and cause severe issues (e.g., system infections, financial losses, etc.).
What does adware do?
Adware is designed to deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns. In other words, advertising-supported software displays adverts on visited websites and/or other interfaces. Adware may also be capable of force-opening sites and collecting private data.
How do adware developers generate revenue?
Adware generates revenue primarily via affiliate programs by endorsing various websites, software, products, services, and similar.
Will Combo Cleaner remove Weather adware?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan systems and eliminate installed adware-type apps. It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security software) might not be ideal. In some instances, even after the adware itself has been (manually) removed - various remnants (files) stay hidden in the system. What is more, such components can continue running and causing issues. Therefore, it is crucial to eliminate adware thoroughly.