What is weather-in.xyz?
Weather-in.xyz is the address (URL) of a fake search engine. Typically, websites of this kind are promoted by software classified as browser hijackers. They modify browser settings in order to cause redirects to illegitimate search engines. Additionally, browser-hijacking software often spies on users' browsing activity.
Like most sites of this kind, weather-in.xyz cannot provide search results (thus redirects to legitimate search engines) and likely collects visitor data.
How do browser hijackers promote weather-in.xyz?
Browser hijackers assign the addresses of fake search engines as browsers' homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URLs. Therefore with a piece of software promoting weather-in.xyz installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and Web searches performed via the URL bar - redirect to this site.
Illegitimate search engines usually cannot generate search results, so they redirect to genuine ones. Weather-in.xyz landed on the Bing search engine (bing.com) at the time of research. However, where such a website redirects to - can vary depending on various factors (e.g., user geolocation, etc.).
Browser-hijacking software often uses persistence-ensuring techniques to prevent users from recovering their browsers, i.e., restricting access to removal-related settings, undoing user-made changes, and so on.
Furthermore, browser hijackers and fake search engines typically gather private information. This software can target: visited URLs, viewed webpages, searched queries, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, etc. The collected information can be monetized via sale to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
In summary, the presence of browser-hijacking software on devices can result in system infections, serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Name||weather-in.xyz browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Detection Names||Webroot (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||184.108.40.206|
|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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Fake search engine and browser hijacker examples
We have analyzed thousands of fake search engine and browser hijackers; searchoverus.com, bestshoppingresults.com, fastholidayshopping.com, findmebuy.com - are merely some examples of the former, and Search-Zone, Search-Mgr, Tick Tab Clock, Search-Monster - of the latter.
These websites and browser-hijacking software tend to appear legitimate and promise various "useful" functionalities. However, these features seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they do not work at all.
How did weather-in.xyz promoting software install on my computer?
Browser hijackers can be bundled (packed together) with ordinary programs. Download from dubious channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installation processes (e.g., skipped steps, used "Easy/Quick" settings, etc.) increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the device.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate browser-hijacking software as well. Once clicked on, some of the adverts can execute scripts to perform stealthy downloads/installations.
Browser hijackers can have "official" download pages, and they are promoted on scam websites. Most users access such sites through redirects caused by webpages using rogue advertising networks, mistyped URLs, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We strongly recommend researching software and downloading it from official/verified sources. When installing, it is important to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all additions.
We advise being careful while browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears ordinary and innocuous. For example, intrusive adverts may look legitimate/harmless yet redirect to highly questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with such ads/redirects, check the device and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of weather-in.xyz redirecting to the Bing search engine (GIF):
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- What is weather-in.xyz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove weather-in.xyz browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove weather-in.xyz homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove weather-in.xyz redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Weather-in.xyz redirect 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the weather-in.xyz website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Weather-in.xyz redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
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 malicious extension (if present), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.weather-in.xyz) 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 "weather-in.xyz", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the weather-in.xyz browser hijacker, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable malicious extension (if present), remove hxxp://weather-in.xyz 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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 weather-in.xyz browser hijacker 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 weather-in.xyz browser hijacker, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users to visit weather-in.xyz website?
Redirects to websites like weather-in.xyz are caused since cyber criminals (i.e., developers of browser hijackers and fake search engines) generate revenue through them.
Is visiting weather-in.xyz a threat to my privacy?
Most likely, yes. Sites like weather-in.xyz typically collect (and sell) visitor data.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily proliferated via bundled software installers, untrustworthy download sources (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.), online scams, fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive ads.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove browser hijackers?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed browser-hijacking apps. It must be mentioned that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might be ineffective. In cases where multiple browser hijackers are present, after one is removed - the others may simply re-install it. Furthermore, browser-hijacking software can deny access to removal-related settings and/or undo user-made changes. Hence, browser hijackers must be removed thoroughly and all at once.