Myweatherxp.com is a browser extension with suspicious behavior and hoax advertising with the purpose of gathering downloads of its software that hijacks your browser’s home page. Similar software is believed to install tracking cookies, collecting information on user credentials. There is a possibility that such add-ons might include malware in them, this is why it is highly recommended to remove it completely from your system.
How Does myweatherxp.com Work?
During our research, our team visited the website myweatherxp.com, and the first thing that we noticed was a Google maps like interface with a search bar for the weather on top. When you type a location, it finds it on the map, and it takes you to the spot you are interested in.
After that, it shows the current degrees in Fahrenheit and displays a picture that shows whether it’s cloudy, sunny, etc. However, right before it shows you weather imaging on the map and what appears to be a forecast of the cloud movements, it displays a pop-up window from the website that wants you to install their browser add-on to be able to view the entire weather information.
After the hoax weather search website has prompt you to install their browser extension, it changes your browser’s homepage to this one:
And if you attempt to search anything on the search engine provided by them, it redirects you to Yahoo search, which means that its hoax. Also another interesting detail is when you use the tabs above, that say ‘Ten Day Forecast’, ‘National Weather’, ‘Severe Storm Alerts’ etc. because they all redirect to other web pages, such as weather.gov that show you the weather in completely different locations than the one you previously typed. For example, on the website we typed New York and when we clicked the button ‘Local Weather’ on our new myweatherxp.com homepage, it took us to theweatherchannel.com and showed us a webpage from another source, displaying the weather Atlanta, Georgia.
Besides all of those weird redirects, when you scan with one of the top antivirus software programs, it might classify it as adware.
How To Remove myweatherxp.com?
Similar programs are usually PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), and their removal is recommended since they might affect PC performance, and they also may install other unwanted programs on your system. The worst case scenario is that they might infect it with dangerous malware such as ransomware, Trojan horse variants, worms, etc. To remove myweatherxp.com, you should follow the after mentioned steps or seek professional malware removal software.
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