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Remove Easy Weather Access Hijacker by Safer Browser

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Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com is the search engine of a browser hijacker app named Easy Weather Access. The hijacker is developed by SaferBrowser and can take control of the browsers on your computer. SaferBrowser is has a bad fame when it comes to the programs they made. To remove the hijacker and everything tied to it, you should carefully read the article.

The hijacker makes changes to settings of each browser you have on your PC – the new tab and home page, the search engine and others. You will get redirected. Adverts and text links can show while you are browsing. The hijacker might add an extension.

Threat Summary

NameEasy Weather Access
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers will have their homepage, search engine and new tab settings changed.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab, and search engine of all browsers can be modified. An extension related to the hijacker could be set in your browsers. You will be redirected.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Easy Weather Access – Distribution Methods

A widespread method of distribution for Easy Weather Access is through third-party install setups. Without you knowing, you might install the hijacker on your machine along with a bundled package or a freeware installation. These installer setups might have an additional component for installation. Preventing such hijacker programs from installing along with unwanted software is possible if you find Custom or Advanced settings. In them, you should see a check box next to all additional items you want to deselect.

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An extension connected to Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com called Easy Weather Access can be seen on the Google Chrome Web Store (as you can see above). The extension could be downloaded from other websites, too. There are other methods of distribution for the hijacker such as advertisement redirects or the visiting of suspicious websites. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

Easy Weather Access – Information

Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com is the search engine of a browser hijacker. If the hijacker finds a way into your PC, you will witness a lot of browser settings being modified. These settings are usually the new tab and homepage, search engine and sometimes the extensions and bookmarks. The newly-set search engine of all your browsers might differ. The unwanted program is developed by the SaferBrowser company. The devs have made a lot of hijackers in the past. A hijacker very similar to this one is the Latest Weather Alerts hijacker.

This is what the search engine page of the site looks like:

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A browser extension or some add-on might be set-up in every browser. The additional applications are probably pre-bundled with programs located on your computer. That may cause all kinds of redirects to Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com or different websites which are affiliated with it.

The extension associated with the hijacker can do the following:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Manage your downloads
  • Manage your apps, extensions and themes

Browsing the Web, can be difficult while having Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com on your PC. You will constantly be redirected, and the web address will be utilized as a filter for all of your searches. Sponsored advertising and misleading search results can appear. Advertisements are displayed as pop-ups or in-text links. Another type of ads is not excluded to show, too.

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In the above image, you can clearly see, that the Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com hijacker used a search engine that is a replica of Yahoo. All the information about your searches will get sent to servers closely related to the browser hijacker. You might be redirected to different search engines as well, depending on your current browser and your country.

The Privacy Policy of Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com states that information personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable is going to be collected by the hijacker. Programs developed by the company SaferBrowser, have the same privacy policy. All of this data can be shared with third-parties.

In the Policy it is stated that the collected information is:

  • Search queries and all data you type in searches
  • Search data and specifics of searches
  • Browser (version and type)
  • URLs and clicks
  • IP address
  • Country of residence, home address
  • Name, education, interests
  • Communications preferences
  • Telephone number
  • Operating System (and other related data)

You can see a picture of the Policy down here:

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The usage of any services and associated software to the Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com website, you grant consent for SaferBrowser to collect your personal data. Cookies are used as well as other technologies for tracking like web beacons so that they can extract parts of the data.

Remove Easy Weather Access Completely from Your PC

To remove Search.easyweatheraccess(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker effectively, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program helps keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove Easy Weather Access from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Easy Weather Access

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Easy Weather Access and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Easy Weather Access on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Easy Weather Access there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Easy Weather Access with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Easy Weather Access from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Easy Weather Access and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Easy Weather Access:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Easy Weather Access. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Easy Weather Access. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Easy Weather Access via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Easy Weather Access. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Easy Weather Access from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Easy Weather Access from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Easy Weather Access from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Easy Weather Access from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Easy Weather Access will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Easy Weather Access from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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