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Remove Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com is a potentially unwanted application that might make your browsing sessions miserable

Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com virus

Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com is a browser hijacker[1] that targets Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari browsers and sets new tab address, homepage and search engine to hxxp://search.hweatherforecastfinders.com. It was developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd – an infamous PUP author, responsible for such creations as Search.searchwrf.com and Search.weatherradarforecast.co.

Summary
Name Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com
Type Browser hijacker (PUP)
Developer Polarity Technologies Ltd
Related apps Search.searchwrf.com and Search.weatherradarforecast.co
Symptoms Altered browser settings and increased advertisements within the browser
Distribution Software bundling
Elimination Automatic – install ReimageIntego; manual – check instructions below

All of these browser hijackers only seek monetary gain by displaying invasive advertisements and altered search results and redirecting users to questionable domains. This activity eventually drives even the most patient users mad, and they are then looking for quick Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com removal solutions. The process of elimination can be executed relatively simply, and we explain the procedure at the last section of this article.

Nevertheless, all the above-mentioned browser hijackers are connected in one more way – they try to appeal to people who require the information about weather and similar data. For that, Weather Forecast Finder employs quick access buttons that are embedded directly into the front page, for example, National Weather Agency site, Pollen.com, and many others. Additionally, users are lured by sleek design which also includes a digital clock and altered search engine which redirects all searches to Yahoo.  

Developers are most likely participating in Yahoo's affiliate program which allows them to monetize on the advertisement. If you would type in the search query in such way, you would not get accurate results the legitimate search engine would bring. Instead, your browser would be littered with sponsored links and other ads. And this is just one of a few negative features of Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com hijack and the “added functionality” does not compensate for the damages.

Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com virus is capable of the following:

  • Prevent users from navigating to certain webpages, such as security software or the preferred homepage;
  • The intrusive ads might hinder the content of legitimate sites, such as Amazon;
  • Redirects might expose users to dangerous domains, including malware-laden ones where malicious JavaScripts could install such threat as a trojan horse;
  • Browsers might end up being injected with additional toolbars, extensions, add-ons, etc.;
  • Search queries, websites visited, links clicked, and similar data about users' browsing habits might be gathered and sold/given to third-parties;

Additionally, the personal information[2] that you enter into your browser while it is under the influence of a browser hijacker might be stolen and used for illegal purposes, such as identity theft or money robbery. 

If you need to find out specific details about the weather, better create links to relevant websites and put it in your Bookmarks bar. Then, remove Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from all browsers using security software (ReimageIntego is an excellent anti-virus tool) or uninstall the suspicious extension manually. 

Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com browser hijackerSearch.hweatherforecastfinders.com is a potentially unwanted program and a browser hijacker that makes unwanted changes to your browser and starts displaying various commercial cotnent

Be attentive while installing free software from the internet

You might not notice the entrance of potentially unwanted programs as they hide inside freeware installers. This outcome is highly likely if you always pick Recommended or Quick installation mode, and the developers of PUPs are aware of that. Hence, they use software bundling technique to trick users into installing additional components which they would avoid if they would pick Advanced/Custom settings.

Therefore, never rush the installation of free software you obtained online. Instead, take your time and read through EULA and Privacy Policy carefully. Then, after picking Advanced more, remove all the tick marks next to search engines, browser extensions, PDF creators, media players, free games and other useless programs.

Uninstall Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com either manually or automatically

Browser hijackers might infiltrate your machine with other useless programs, and sometimes they might be difficult to detect as they can hide under tricky names. Therefore, security experts[3] advise scanning the device with security software to perform full Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com removal. This method only takes a few minutes to execute and will ensure that more dangerous threats did not damage your PC.

Another way to remove Weather Forecast Finder virus is by doing it manually. You have to locate the unwanted application yourself and then reset every browser installed on your machine manually. However, we advise not so computer-savvy individuals to stay away from this method.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com, follow these steps:

Uninstall Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from Windows systems

To delete Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from your Windows machine, follow this guide:

  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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com 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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

Remove Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Reset Internet Explorer settings to default:

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Delete Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com 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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com from Google Chrome

  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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com 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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com 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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com 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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com, 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 Search.hweatherforecastfinders.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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