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Remove Search.theweathercenter.co virus (Virus Removal Instructions)

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The description of Search.theweathercenter.co hijacker

Search.theweathercenter.co virus is a typical Internet browser hijacker that spreads through software bundles and integrates sponsored content within search results. It adds The Weather Center New Tab (by Safer Browser) to the browser and implements some adjustments in its settings then. First of all, it replaces homepage address with Search.theweathercenter.co and also sets this URL as a default new tab page, and also as the main search engine. At the first sight, the activity of this browser hijacker does not seem infectious or severe at all, but all dangers are hiding behind the search engine that is provided on that website. Although it pretends to be an advantageous search tool, experts say that it is better to stay away from it.
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Questions about Search.theweathercenter.co virus

Some of its search results can be modified and contain links leading to external third-party websites, which might be insecure. Please bear in mind that this browser hijacker is not malicious itself, but links that it injects into Query.theweathercenter.co search results can be dangerous. If you decide to visit them, please, stay away from suggestions to install files, programs, software updates, and other suspicious components to your computer system. Otherwise, you might end up cluttering the PC with useless ad-supported apps or severe computer parasites. To avoid visiting insecure web pages, we suggest using another search engine, ideally, a one that has a better reputation than the discussed one. Sadly, you will quickly find out that it is not that easy to remove Search.theweathercenter.co from your browser. It refuses to leave homepage and new tab page position that easily; to complete Search.theweathercenter.co removal, you will need to scan your computer system with malware removal tool, for instance, ReimageIntego.

Methods of distribution

Search.theweathercenter.co hijack could happen recently. Try to remember when was the last time you installed a free computer program? Most likely, this browser hijacker came into your computer system alongside it. It is so because such potentially unwanted programs are distributed next to other free programs most of the time. They can arrive at the computer system along download managers, media players, and other free programs that can be downloaded from the Internet charge-free. When you download such free program to your PC, make sure you get rid of all additional components added to it. For that, open its installer and go to installation settings. Configure additional components via Advanced or Custom settings by deselecting unwanted ones, and proceed with the installation then. As you can see, it is way easier to avoid PUPs than you thought!

Search.theweathercenter.co removal

Search.theweathercenter.co redirect issue is one of the most annoying things in the world, and if you do not like to experience system slowdowns, crashes, redirects, receive pop-up ads, and encounter other issues, it is better to remove Search.theweathercenter.co virus. Please be very attentive and remove all of its components to keep your computer system clean. We also suggest scanning your computer system with anti-malware software afterward just to be sure that there are no other spyware or malware threats on the whole computer system. Such malware removal software also can be used for Search.theweathercenter.co removal, of course.

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To remove Search.theweathercenter.co virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Search.theweathercenter.co from Windows systems

  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.theweathercenter.co and related programs
    Here, look for Search.theweathercenter.co 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.theweathercenter.co 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.

Eliminate Search.theweathercenter.co from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.theweathercenter.co virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.theweathercenter.co virus-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.theweathercenter.co virus, 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.theweathercenter.co virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.theweathercenter.co virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Erase Search.theweathercenter.co from Internet Explorer (IE)

Find and remove The Weather Center New Tab and all other Safer Browser related add-ons.

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.theweathercenter.co virus 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.theweathercenter.co virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.theweathercenter.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete The Weather Center New Tab add-on and check for other products of Safer Browser. If you find some, remove them as well.

  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.theweathercenter.co 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.theweathercenter.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Search.theweathercenter.co from Google Chrome

Delete The Weather Center New Tab from Chrome via “Extensions” panel. Also, check if you can see any other suspicious extensions that might be related to Safer Browser.

  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.theweathercenter.co 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.theweathercenter.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Search.theweathercenter.co from Safari

Open Safari extensions, locate The Weather Center New Tab extension and delete it. Also, remove everything related to Safer Browser.

  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.theweathercenter.co 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.theweathercenter.co, 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.theweathercenter.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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  1. Asya says:
    August 16th, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Honestly, dont install theweathercenter if you do not want to be bothered by redirects and ads every day!

  2. Julia says:
    August 16th, 2016 at 10:31 am

    i am so glad I have already killed this virus. Had to reset my browsers but it was so worth it.

  3. Gina says:
    August 16th, 2016 at 10:32 am

    still cant find it on my pc…

  4. Lecter says:
    August 16th, 2016 at 10:33 am

    So I finally found what the problem was! No more redirects now. Good article, thanks for providing such detailed report.

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