Ads by Temperature Scout

Also Known As: Temperature Scout adware
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Temperature Scout removal instructions

What is Temperature Scout?

Temperature Scout is a deceptive application developed by Web Rodeo Inc, which claims to provides users with the latest weather forecast information - "Get local temperatures, weather information and instant alerts right from your computer". On initial inspection, this app may appear legitimate and useful, however, it is classed as a potentially unwanted adware-type program (PUP). After stealth infiltration, Temperature Scout generates intrusive online advertisements and tracks various information relating to Internet browsing activity.

Temperature Scout adware

Temperature Scout displays a variety of intrusive online advertisements such as pop-ups, banner, in-text, etc. All are displayed using a virtual layer, which enables placement of third party graphical content on any visited websites. These advertisements often conceal underlying web content, and therefore, users' Internet browsing experience is diminished. Furthermore, some redirect to websites containing malicious or adult (gore, blood, and erotic) content. Therefore, clicking them is risky and may cause further adware or malware computer infections. In addition, Temperature Scout continually tracks users' Internet browsing activity, gathering various information that may be personally identifiable including IP addresses, websites visited, search queries, pages viewed, etc. This data is later shared with third parties who can misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, having this application installed on your system might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you are concerned with your privacy and Internet browsing safety, uninstall Temperature Scout immediately.

Temperature Scout Privacy Policy regarding online advertising:

The Software starts automatically when you start your computer, runs in the background on your computer, and may periodically direct you to our sponsors’ websites and/or show you other forms of advertisements (including the Slider or pop up format). By installing Temperature Scout and/or using the Software you grant Web Rodeo permission to periodically show you advertisements.

This application shares many similarities with other adware-type programs such as Note-up, Pick Your Wallpapers, WeatherBug, and SharPlayer. These also claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience, however, adware-type applications are designed to give fake promises simply to trick users to install. Their purpose is to generate revenue by displaying advertisements (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model) and collecting personally identifiable information (which is later sold to third party companies). Applications such as Temperature Scout provide no real value users.

How did Temperature Scout install on my computer?

The developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install Temperature Scout without users' permission. Bundling is stealth installation of additional programs with regular software/apps. Many users rush the download and installation processes. For this reason, developers conceal rogue apps within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By skipping this section, users often inadvertently install apps such as Temperature Scout, thereby exposing their systems to risk of further infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

This situation can be prevented by closely analyzing the download and installation processes. Follow each step and decline all offers to install additional apps. Furthermore, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - rogue applications are commonly hidden within this section (skipping it will prevent you from declining them).

Temperature Scout adware installer set-up:

Official Temperature Scout adware installer set-up

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Quick menu:

Temperature Scout 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.

Temperature Scout adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Temperature Scout ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Temperature Scout adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Temperature Scout did not install its 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Temperature Scout ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" 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 Temperature Scout ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the temperature scout adware, 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 Temperature Scout  ads 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Temperature Scout ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the temperature scout adware, 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 Temperature Scout ads 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Temperature Scout ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with temperature scout adware 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 temperature scout adware, 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:
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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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