Ads by WeatherBug

Also Known As: WeatherBug desktop widget
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

WeatherBug removal instructions

What is WeatherBug?

Created by Earth Networks, Inc, WeatherBug is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) claiming to enable users to observe weather forecasts. This may seem legitimate and useful functionality, however, be aware that WeatherBug is considered to be adware. This PUP employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional applications together with the chosen software) to install on computers without users' consent. Following successful infiltration on Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, WeatherBug generates various intrusive online advertisements such as banner, in-text, and pop-up ads. It is highly probable that clicking these advertisements will lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.

weatherbug potentially unwanted application

Furthermore, WeatherBug continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording various software and hardware information that is likely to be personally identifiable. For example: geographic locations, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser data (cookies and web beacons), and other similar details. This behavior may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. WeatherBug is similar to other potentially unwanted programs that use bundling as an installation method. Examples include LookThisUp, ArcadeGiant, WalletBee, and Desktop Temperature Monitor among many others. Neither WeatherBug, nor any of these other PUPs provide any real value for the user - their purpose is to generate revenue by sharing collected information with third parties, delivering intrusive online ads, and enforcing unwanted browser redirects. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate WeatherBug from your Internet browsers.

Close examination of WeatherBug reveals that it is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as download.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, and many others. Download clients are used to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate') applications together with the chosen free software. Thus, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. To avoid installation of WeatherBug, or other similar adware, pay close attention when downloading free software and never accept installation of any additional applications offered. Furthermore, if you are installing downloaded software, select the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options, rather than 'Typical' or 'Quick', since this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to decline them. If you have already installed WeatherBug and you experience intrusive online ads while surfing the Internet, follow the removal guide below to uninstall this adware from your Internet browsers.

WeatherBug application:

WeatherBug desktop widget

Deceptive free software installers used in WeatherBug distribution:

weatherbug adware installer sample 5 weatherbug adware installer sample 4 weatherbug adware installer sample 3 weatherbug pup installer sample 2 WeatherBug installation setup

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Quick menu:

WeatherBug adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

weatherbug adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "WeatherBug", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes WeatherBug ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove WeatherBug adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, WeatherBug installed no browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, 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:

Internet Explorer logo Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing WeatherBug related adware from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gears" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing WeatherBug related adware from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the weatherbug desktop widget, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logo Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing WeatherBug related adware from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing WeatherBug related adware from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the weatherbug desktop widget, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logo Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing WeatherBug related adware from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing WeatherBug related adware from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with weatherbug desktop widget removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the weatherbug desktop widget, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove weatherbug desktop widget from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
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Nina's Prince

stop telling people to use the add/remove program in windows to remove weatherbug.Add/remove is GARBAGE.
It leaves remnants of files on your PC and can cause crashes and slow down of the PC. There are other removal
programs such as "Your Uninstaller"
Weatherbug is not adware. It is licensed by WBZ TV

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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