Search.theweathercenter.co (Weather Center) Browser Hijacker

Search.theweathercenter.co is a fake search engine which replaces your default homepage and installs itself as your default search engine. Search.theweathercenter.co virus is a browser hijacker that spreads through software bundles and integrates sponsored content within search results.

WeatherCenter Removal Tool

 

How did this get into your computer?

Do you remember, when was the last time you installed a free computer program? Most likely, this browser hijacker got into your computer system along with the software or freeware that you downloaded off the internet. This application uses a deceptive marketing method called “bundling” – which is, the stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with regular (usually free) applications/software.The same behavior can also be seen in (Fileconverter Browser hijacker)

Homepage

Harmful effects and the behavioral changes:

This infection works as an adware on your PC that shows a lot of ads, hindering or completely blocking the work in your browser. Your browser when searching for something, will display a jumble of advertising links, links to malicious and misleading websites.

How To Remove This Browser Hijacker

There are two process-

Method 1: Remove Internet Speed Tracker by using WeatherCenter RemovalTool

 Method 2: Remove WeatherCenter manually

Scan your PC with WeatherCenter Removal Tool

  1. Download WeatherCenter RemovalTool by clicking on the given link:
    WeatherCenter RemovalTool
  2. As soon as you will open the downloaded file a security warning pop-up will appear as shown below, click on ‘Run’ button.
    NOTE:
    You will not see this pop-up in Windows 10.

    Run Pop-Up

  3. Again a pop-up window will appear. Click on ‘Yes’.
  4. A setup window will appear. Click on ‘Next’ button to start the process of installation.

    Setup

  5. Automatically it will detect and show the active threats present in your system.

    Detection

  6. To remove all the threats which are detected, click on ‘Clean Now’.
    NOTE: If any browser are still running, close all the open browsers before proceeding.

    Removed

  7. A pop-up will show you all the infected files, folders and registry entries has been removed successfully.

 

How to Remove “WeatherCenter” Manually?

chrome Google Chrome

Steps to remove “WeatherCenter” from Google Chrome.

  1. Press  window key +R button on keyboard to open ‘Run’ box.
  2. In the Run box, type this path: ‘%localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data‘.
  3. Search for Default and then Extensions
  4. Delete the folder that would be named somewhat like this: ‘chpdcicdkboaideaaiifphapclllnkpo
  5. Go back to Google Chrome.
  6. Now go to Menu > More Tools > Extensions.
  7. Delete the extension named ‘WeatherCenter

mozilla Mozilla Firefox:

Steps to remove ‘WeatherCenter’ from Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Press  window key +R button on keyboard to open ‘Run’ box.
  2.  In the Run box, type this path: ‘%appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles.
  3. Click on the folder with ‘.default’ appended in the folder name. For eg: ‘e6x5wbsb.default‘.
  4. In this folder, delete ‘search.json.mozlz4‘.
  5. In the same folder, click on ‘Extensions’ folder and delete’ @Weather.xpi’ named folder.

IE Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to Tools à Click on Internet Options.
  3. From the given tabs, click on ‘Advanced’
  4. Under ‘Reset Internet Explorer settings’ option, click on ‘Reset’
  5. Set the homepage to the one you want to use.
  6. Browser settings changed to default and the browser hijacker is removed. 

    WeatherCenter Removal Tool

 

Tips to Prevent WeatherCenter From Infecting Your System:

  1. Enable your popup blocker: Pop-ups and ads in the websites are the most adoptable tactic used by cyber criminals or developers with the core intention to spread malicious programs like WeatherCenter. So, avoid clicking uncertain sites, software offers, pop-ups etc.
  2. Keep your Windows Updated:To avoid such infections, we recommend that you should always keep your system updated through automatic windows update. By doing this you can keep your device free from virus. According to survey, outdated/older versions of windows operating system are an easy target.
  3. Third party installation:Try to avoid freeware download websites as they usually install bundled of software with any installer or stub file.
  4. Regular Back up: Regular and periodical backup helps you to keep your data safe in case the system is infected by any kind of virus or any other infection. Thus always backup important files regularly on a cloud drive or an external hard drive.
  5. Always have an Anti-Virus: Precaution is better than cure. We recommend that you install an antivirus like McAfee or a good Malware Removal Tool like Malware Crusher. Apart from this we would suggest a regular updating of these software to detect and avoid latest infections.

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