The Weather Mom browser hijacker (virus) - Free Instructions

The Weather Mom browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is The Weather Mom browser hijacker?

The Weather Mom is a useless browser extension that can change the main settings

The Weather Mom browser hijackerThe hijacker gets added as an extension in your browser

Unwanted software like The Weather Mom can seriously impair a user's internet experience. It gains control over crucial settings including the homepage, new tab address, and search engine once it has infiltrated the browser as a plugin. This abrupt and unexpected transformation often causes substantial distress among users, who may initially suspect a virus infection.

This kind of browser hijacking is a recurring problem that doesn't seem to be getting any better. Unfortunately, it primarily benefits developers at the expense of users. Similar programs that can manipulate browser data and change on-screen content include NXD Fix, Zodiac Search, and Swift Searcher, all of which we have previously discussed.

Setting adjustments frequently have little effect because they tend to go back to their original configuration quickly. The only effective solution is to completely remove The Weather Mom extension from your browser. We'll give a thorough explanation of how to achieve so in this article, as well as shed some light on how such programs are typically distributed online.

NAME The Weather Mom
TYPE Browser hijacker; potentially unwanted program
SYMPTOMS An extension is added to the browser; homepage and new tab address are altered; a different search engine is implemented; sponsored links are displayed in the results
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, deceptive ads, freeware installations
DANGERS Inaccurate search results, and sponsored links can lead to dangerous pages that want to get users' personal information
ELIMINATION You can remove an extension via browser settings or by deploying professional security software
FURTHER STEPS After elimination is complete, clean your web browsers and repair system files. You can do that automatically with FortectIntego

Review of the plugin

Browser extensions are quite prevalent and can be useful tools for users wishing to add extra functionality to their browsing experience. These add-ons can provide users advantages like ad-free browsing, defense against dangerous websites, and immediate access to the top online coupon codes.

The Weather Mom plugin, in contrast, arbitrarily changes browser preferences, essentially pressuring users to perform web searches using its established setups. Using a maintenance tool like FortectIntego is advised to successfully remove various tracking mechanisms. Such a solution can successfully stop annoying trackers by automatically clearing browser data. Additionally, by removing temporary files, this maintenance program improves device speed and can handle more serious system issues like file corruption, registry issues, and blue screen errors (BSODs).

This emphasizes how crucial it is to do research before deciding which services and goods to include in your browsing. You can prevent unexpected surprises by carefully reading the features of an extension in your browser settings. It's important to note that, unless it's a potentially undesirable program (PUP) covertly hiding within your system, add-ons typically cannot penetrate your system without your explicit authorization.

The Weather MomBrowser hijackers perform many unwanted tasks in the background

Distribution techniques

Typically, extensions created to make money off of users' online actions are distributed through dodgy websites full of misleading adverts and redirects. Therefore, we continually stress that these infections are primarily the result of users' own actions and their occasionally careless online conduct. Unfortunately, many people ignore cybersecurity professionals' recommendations and frequently visit websites that engage in illegal, unregulated activity.

Platforms for the distribution of freeware are another common way that these programs spread. With the hope that most users won't notice, site administrators looking to make money frequently include extra apps in installers without sufficient notification. Sadly, this situation occurs far too frequently. Different removal methods can be necessary, depending on how the extension got into your browser.

Remove the plugin via browser settings

First, let's open your browser and remove the extension that is causing the settings to change. You can find instructions for Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, and Safari, below this post.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings.Reset Chrome 2

Remove the add-on from your system

As was previously said, it's possible that the symptoms you're currently experiencing were brought on by the existence of a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that snuck in during the installation of freeware installed from unreliable sources. It's crucial to develop certain preventative practices if you want to avoid similar incidents in the future. Don't rush the installation procedure and try not to skip any steps. Select the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation options whenever possible, and uncheck any boxes next to any programs that are not necessary from the presented list.

We advise using specialized security tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes in the event that removing a PUP turns out to be relatively challenging, especially if its name differs from the one that shows in your browser. These tools are skilled at inspecting your system and eliminating these undesirable entities on their own. Antivirus software, in particular, can identify and address suspicious background processes effectively.

If you know what application you need to get rid of, you can follow the step-by-step instructions for Windows and Mac:

Windows 10/8:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

Windows 7/XP:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.


  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files.Uninstall from Mac 2

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Getting rid of The Weather Mom browser hijacker. Follow these steps

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

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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