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Remove LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com Browser Hijacker by Safer Browser

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LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com is an application that installs a browser hijacker on your PC, which is developed by SaferBrowser. The firm is notorious for making all kinds of such hijacker programs. To remove the unwanted application and everything associated, you should read the article carefully till its end.

This application modifies settings of browsers, such as the home page, new tab, search engine, and add-ons. You can get redirected. Advertisements and third-party links can appear when browsing. An extension related to the hijacker can be added to your browser.

Threat Summary

NameLatestWeatherAlerts(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers have a new homepage, search engine and new tab settings changed.
SymptomsModifications to the homepage, new tab, and search engine are made. An extension can be added to your browsers. You can get redirected.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com – How Is It Delivered?

LatestWeatherAlerts is mainly found inside third-party install setups. The unwanted application can invade your computer without your awareness. That is possible because it can hide inside freeware installers and bundled packages. The setups come packed with additional components selected for installation by default. To avoid installing the hijacker you should check for a Custom or an Advanced menu in an installation.

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An extension related to LatestWeatherAlerts is one of its distribution methods. As you can see above, Google’s Chrome Web Store is one of the locations where the extension can be found. The hijacker could also be delivered via adverts, banners or pop-ups, or from visiting sites of unknown origin. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com – Description

LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com is the main page for the browser hijacker tied to it. If the hijacker gets inside your computer, lots of your browser features will be modified. These include settings like the homepage, new tab, extensions/add-ons, and search engine of your browsers. The search engine that is going to be put differs from browser to browser. The hijacker program is developed by the company SaferBrowser. The same company has released numerous browser hijackers.

Here is how the main page, new tab and homepage look like:

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A browser add-on or extension could be present in every browser. The add-on most likely comes with bundled software which is installed on your computer. because of that, you might experience redirects to LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com other sites affiliated with it.

The extension connected to the unwanted app 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

If you try doing a search, search.searchlwa(.)com will be used as a filter for all your queries. You could see sponsored or misleading content in the search results. Advertisements and in-text links are not excluded from showing up as well.

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You can see from the picture above, that the Yahoo search engine is used, but all information about your searches will be sent to the server of the hijacker. You could get redirected to other search engines depending on your browser or country location.

The Privacy Policy of LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com shows that information that is both personal and non-personal is to be collected. Most browser hijackers developed by SaferBrowser have a variant of this policy. All information can be shared with third-parties partners.

According to this Privacy Policy, information that can be collected 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 screenshot of the Policy here:

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By using services or any related application to the LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com site, you give your consent to the hijacker owners to collect personal information. Cookies and tracking technologies like web beacons could be in play, to extract more data.

Remove LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com Completely

To remove LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down here. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and the files completely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your system secure in the future.

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How to Remove LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com:

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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com. 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com. 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com. 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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 LatestWeatherAlerts(.)com 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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