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Remove QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Reasons why you shouldn't use QuickWeatherAlert as your weather information provider

Screenshot of QuickWeatherAlert official site

QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar is a browser extension created by Mindspark Interactive Network which claims to provide free weather forecast information. The extension is compatible with most of the popular browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE, MS Edge and others. However, due to several negative features, such as questionable distribution method and hijacking web browsers, users sometimes label it as virus. Security experts are not as harsh with their judgements and classify the extension as a browser hijacker.[1]

The official website of the program promises to provide recent local weather forecasts, wind maps, and similar information. However, the installation of this program also leads to the changed homepage and default search engine.

The so-called QuickWeatherAlert virus is capable of changing default search engine to which is known as a deceptive search tool too. The malware might also change various settings in order to prevent users from switching to another search provider.

If you download the extension from the website directly, you agree to make these changes. However, the parasite might also spread in software bundles and enter the system without asking user’s permissions. Thus, the appearance of a new homepage becomes a surprise.

After the hijack, it might be challenging to remove QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar. PUP might install additional components, browser helper objects, and similar entries to strengthen its presence. However, if you scan your device with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware, you should not have any problems with hijacker’s elimination.

This application might cause three major issues:

  • the search engine might alter search results and display sponsored links;
  • the extension might deliver an excessive amount of ads;
  • the application might track information about users.

The image of QuickWeatherAlert ToolbarQuickWeatherAlert Toolbar not only provides local weather forecast but might also flood your browser with unknown commercial offers.

First of all, QuickWeatherAlert’s suggested search tool may prevent from finding necessary information quickly. Authors of this free application generate advertising-based revenue. Thus, sponsored content might be included even in the results page.

Secondly, the extension might deliver lots of online ads, pop-ups, and banners while you’re browsing the web. They might be not only disturbing but also promote questionable content or redirect to potentially dangerous websites.

Thirdly, the Privacy Policy reveals that it might collect both personally[2] and non-personally identifiable information about users. What is more, they might allow third-parties to install their tracking technologies and spy on you too. Gathered details are usually used for advertising purposes. Thus, your browser and inbox might be flooded with commercial content.

What is more, the possibility that some of the personally identifiable details might be accessible to unknown people should encourage you for QuickWeatherAlert removal. If sensitive information ends up in the hands of criminals, you might experience money or data loss.

Hijacker hunts for careless users

There are numerous users in United States, China, Portugal[3] and other countries who have no idea that they are making a huge mistake by relying on “Quick” or “Recommended” installation settings for installation of freeware or shareware.

QuickWeatherAlert might hijack the PC when a user carelessly installs any free program. Often they are software packages that include third-party programs. Thus, if you do not unpack a program before installing it, you might unintentionally agree to let other PUPs to enter the system.

Bundling is the most common distribution strategy among developers of useless apps. Thus, you need to learn to install software correctly in order to avoid their negative features. The main rule is to install programs under “Advanced” or “Custom” settings.

The installation wizard will reveal the list of third-party apps. Here you might find not only QuickWeatherAlert but other programs from Mindspark and other developers as well. We suggest unmarking pre-selected entries and stop their entrance.

Explanation on how to uninstall QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar 

QuickWeatherAlert is not a virus. It’s a potentially unwanted program (PUP). For this reason, you have to uninstall it like any other program or browser extension. However, if it sneaked into your device unexpectedly, you should also look up for other programs that may have been installed from the same bundle.

In order to remove QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar virus manually, you can follow our prepared instructions below. Do not forget to reset affected browsers as well. It’s necessary for deletion of tracking cookies and other “invisible” components.

However, you can speed up QuickWeatherAlert removal with anti-malware program. Automatic elimination requires scanning the computer with an updated security software.

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To remove QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar, follow these steps:

Eliminate QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Windows systems

Access programs' list via Control Panel. Look up for QuickWeatherAlert and other suspicious programs. Most likely they are created by Mindspark. However, you should not leave programs developed by other developers.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar and related programs
    Here, look for QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Get rid of QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Mac OS X system

In case your Mac OS X get infected with this PUP, you will fix it with the help of these guidelines:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the steps below to get rid of the hijacker from the Internet Explorer.

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove Quick Weather Alert extension from Mozilla Firefox, as well as other suspicious add-ons that might have been installed too.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Google Chrome

You may delete hijacker in to two basic steps – uninstallation of suspicious browser extensions and Google Chrome reset.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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