Search.myweatherxp.com Redirect

Also Known As: Search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.myweatherxp.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.myweatherxp.com?

The developers of My Weather XP (SaferBrowser) present this program as a legitimate browser toolbar that allows users to search the Internet and monitor weather forecasts simultaneously. These promised features are an attempt to trick users into believing that this is a valid application. Due its rogue behavior, however, My Weather XP is categorized as a browser hijacker. A distribution method called 'bundling' is employed by developers of My Weather XP to stealthily install third party software via deceptive 'download managers/installers', which are used to download and install regular (mostly free) software. After installation, My the Weather XP program assigns the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL settings on popular Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) to search.myweatherxp.com . In addition, small apps (browser add-ons, programs) are installed in to prevent users reverting these changes. This type of application is distributed with regular software, and since many users do not express enough caution during the download and installation processes of various software, they often inadvertently install rogue apps (in this case, My Weather XP). The bundling method is used to monetize most freeware download websites' traffic and free services in addition to the the free software.

search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker

Commonly, sites such as download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc. encourage the use of small 'download programs' (also called 'download tools', 'download managers', 'installers', 'download clients', etc.) as useful tools to download the desired software. This is the start of fraudulent behavior by these apps. Download websites make assurances that download software will 'ease and speed up' the download process - this is merely an attempt make users believe they are safely downloading the chosen software. In fact, download managers are developed to conceal download/installation of additional programs (within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options) with the chosen software. It is stated that these third party applications are 'legitimate and virus-free', and yet, reckless download and installation of freeware often results in adware or malware infections. Software distributed using the bundling method usually records various user information that, according to the apps' Privacy Policies, is not related to the user's identity. These statements are false, since the collected information might include geographic location, Internet browsing habits (sites visited, pages viewed, search queries, passwords saved in the Internet browser, etc.), and even mouse/keyboard inputs - this type of information may indeed be personally identifiable. Furthermore, these rogue apps are likely to display intrusive adverts that redirect to bogus websites containing infectious content. The gathered information is later shared with third parties (possibly cyber criminals), and therefore, having this type of application installed on your system might lead to serious privacy issues or further computer infections. The search results displayed by search.myweatherxp.com may also lead to system infections, thus, this website should be never used as your default search engine.

Be aware that browser hijacker-type applications often have similar behavior - My Weather XP is no exception. 321oyun.com, mysearch123.com, myinterestsxp.com, searchzillions.com, and hundreds of other browser hijacking programs are also distributed using the bundling method. These sites are presented as valid and claim to provide unique features, however, they provide no real value for the user. The purpose of browser hijackers is to generate traffic for certain websites by causing unwanted browser redirects, display ads, and sharing collected information to generate revenue. Furthermore, applications that hijack Internet browsers diminish browser/computer performance and place your privacy and the computer security at risk. Do not accept offers to install unrecognised third party software. If your browser redirects you to the search.myweatherxp.com website without your consent, the following instructions will help you to eliminate this potential threat.

How did search.myweatherxp.com install on my computer?

My Weather XP usually installs with free software downloaded from freeware download websites. When users download software from these sites, they are encouraged to use a 'download program' to supposedly 'ease' the download procedure. Download managers and free software installers set-ups, however, often conceal installation of additional programs and apps with the chosen software. They do not properly disclose these installations, since their purpose is to stealthily install as much third party software as possible.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from a trusted source - usually the official website of the application. If the site is not available, and you are forced to download from a freeware download website, select the direct download link if there is one. When downloading via a download manager, closely analyse each step and opt-out any third party software included. Software should be installed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any hidden software listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.

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Quick menu:

Search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker 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.

search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for “My Weather XP”, and other recently-installed suspicious apps, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.myweatherxp.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com related Internet Explorer extensions

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

Change your homepage:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.myweatherxp.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:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "OneSearch".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker, 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 logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "My Weather XP", and other recently-installed suspicious plug-ins, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://search.myweatherxp.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "myweatherxp" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker, 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 logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "My Weather XP" (and other recently-installed browser plug-ins).

Change your homepage:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.myweatherxp.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.myweatherxp.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "myweatherxp"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.myweatherxp.com 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, 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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 browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker, 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 browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.myweatherxp.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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