What is WeatherBlink Toolbar?
WeatherBlink Toolbar is one of those toolbars that may appear on your computer out of nowhere and take your web browsing sessions without asking your permission. In fact, it’s a typical PUP that may affect each of your web browser, no matter if you prefer using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer and implement various system modifications, such as corruption of homepage and search engine. It is closely related to ask.com search site. This relationship is indicated when people visit the official website of this toolbar and knowing about it, they can refuse to set home.tb.ask.com and search.tb.ask.com as a default home page and search provider. Unfortunately, when WeatherBlink Toolbar is distributed via other freeware and shareware, people are not informed about possible changes of DNS settings, are tricked into installing this app and then have to experience inconveniences. That’s why we highly recommend you to be more careful with your downloads from the Internet and pay more attention to the installation of the freeware. If it has already infiltrated your PC system, our security experts recommend removing WeatherBlink Toolbar.
How can WeatherBlink Toolbar infiltrate my computer?
As we have already mentioned, Weather Blink Toolbar is promoted thru its official website. If you have already visited it or if this toolbar has already infiltrated your computer, then probably you know that it promises to inform about the recent weather forecasts. Yes, it is a really useful feature but by accepting to use it you can also accept to replace Google, Bing or Yahoo search site by ask.com, receive sponsored search results and run into similar issues.
If you want to avoid unexpected appearance WeatherBlink Toolbar, you have to dedicate some extra time when installing freeware on your computer because adwares and other PUPs usually spread around using ‘bundling’. Unfortunately, neither we nor any other security vendors are able to list freeware that promotes questionable programs, like adwares and similar PUPs, as additional components. That’s why you have to be very attentive when installing all of them. You should always select Advanced or Custom installation option and look what additional components are attached to your selected freeware. If you find any suspicious program (note that they are usually indicated as add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, or extensions), make sure that you opt out of it in order to stay safe. Fortunately, the removal of WeatherBlink is not a very complicated task. Please check the next paragraph if you want to remove this program from your computer.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of WeatherBlink Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.
Question: I have just installed some kind of player and now I see that a new toolbar appeared on my browser. It is called WeatherBlink. Should I be worried? Thanks for the answer!
Answer: You may think that WeatherBlink is a virus but it’s not. However, the way it has been spread around makes us believe that people should remove it from their computers. As you can clearly see, you have been tricked into installing it in a bundle with your video/audio player as an optional component. While it doesn’t mean that now you need to remove it, you should definitely remove WeatherBlink Toolbar. For that you can use either automatic removal option or manual removal method. Both of these methods are given down below.
WeatherBlink Removal Steps:
- Uninstall programs that are related to WeatherBlink from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for WeatherBlink Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (WeatherBlink, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’.
4. Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.
5. In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Search’ section.
6. Here, click ‘Manage Search Engines…’ and add your preferred domain name.
Access your website securely from any location
When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.
The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. 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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login.
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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.
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.