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WeatherTab virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser hijacker

WeatherTab browser hijacker may promote potentially dangerous websites

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WeatherTab is a misleading Chome browser extension developed and maintained by Tightrope Interactive. While its colorful design and promises to get local weather forecasts, sunset/sunrise time all at one place – New Tab page may seem appealing to many, NoVirus.uk team expressed concern about the exact behavior that this extension practices. 

Its developer does not explicitly inform wanna-be users that the New tab will not be the only modification. The WeatherTab virus will also change a default start page and search provider to http://www.weathertab.org, set new tab URL, and install doubtful web browser's toolbars. Due to these modification and the consequences that they may lead to, WeatherTab virus has been classified as a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program (PUP). 

WeatherTab hijack is an unpleasant occurrence, and computer users should avoid is as much as they can. Once installed, it adds an extension that alters settings in Chrome without even touching them. For example, your homepage and new tab page will be changed, but you will not see these changes in your settings. To revert them, you will need to remove WeatherTab using instructions provided below or automatically with Reimage or similar program.

Questions about WeatherTab virus

The aim of this program is to advertise a new search engine that is not that popular among computer users yet. We have discovered some suspicious details about this search engine that indicate that it is not as trustworthy as it may seem to be. After entering a search query, we have noticed an URL change in the address bar – firstly, our researcher got redirected to Trovi.com and only then to search results. It is quite suspicious considering that Trovi is one of the most infamous browser hijackers in the world.

Besides, it appears that WeatherTab is powered by ClientConnect Ltd, an untrustworthy company that is known to be responsible for the existence of other browser hijackers such as Trovigo.com, Look4Like, and ClearSearches.com. All these browser hijackers have been developed for one and same purpose – to present sponsored links and cause redirections to various affiliate websites.

There is a huge possibility that these websites can be untrustworthy or even malicious and might introduce you to infectious content, such as fake software updates or spyware and malware-related programs, so for your own sake, stay away from such sites and NEVER agree to install anything from them. If your security is important to you, protect your computer by completing WeatherTab removal.

Browser hijackers don't ask for permission to be installed directly

You can download this search engine from its official website, weathertab(.)org, or add it to your browser from Google Chrome Store. However, if this hijacker didn't come to your system either one or another way, then it is apparent that it has been installed on your PC together with another free program, maybe a potentially unwanted one. This means that you do not know how to control installation setups and most likely you rush to complete them as quickly as you can. Wrong!

The first thing you should do after downloading a program from the Internet is to behave carefully. Do not rush to install the program and carefully read every piece of information its installer provides. The most relevant information is typically hidden in Privacy Policy document, so make sure you read it. Next, adjust installation settings and select Custom or Advanced option rather than Default or Standard one. This way, you can see what optional downloads were added to your desired program and reject them if you wish to. For that, just deselect unwanted additions and proceed with the installation then.

Instructions on how to remove WeatherTab 

If you have discovered WeatherTab virus in your browser, you probably were surprised; if this program has been installed without your knowledge, there is a great chance that several unwanted applications have been added to the system, too. Therefore, we believe that you should clean up the system by running an automatic tool for WeatherTab removal. It will help you to find and delete all unwanted spyware and malware variants from the system.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove WeatherTab virus, follow these steps:

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Erase WeatherTab from Windows systems

To remove WeatherTab entirely, please look at Add/Remove Programs panel using instructions provided below and delete all suspicious apps related to WeatherTab, Trovi or ClientConnect, Ltd.

  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 WeatherTab and related programs
    Here, look for WeatherTab 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 WeatherTab 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.

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Remove WeatherTab from Mac OS X system

Follow instructions presented below and search for files and components related to either ClientConnect, Ltd, Trovi or WeatherTab.

  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 WeatherTab 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'
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Delete WeatherTab 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 WeatherTab 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 WeatherTab removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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