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Remove Search.hlocalweatherradar.co Browser Hijacker

search.hlocalweatherradar.co browser hijacker pushed by localweatherradar undesired app

This article informs you about Search.hlocalweatherradar.co browser hijacker and provides you help for the removal process of all suspicious files from the affected system.

Search.hlocalweatherradar.co is hoax search engine that hijacks commonly used web browsers. Files associated with the appearance of this website are often installed on your device without any notification. This invasive behavior leads to the assumption that it is a typical browser hijacker. As a one it aims to lure you into using a deceptive search engine that enables it to spy on your online activities. Once collected all details of yours may be used against you. As a result, you may become a target of aggressive online advertising campaigns.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.hlocalweatherradar.co
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable search enigne that hijacks essential browser settings without your knowledge.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab page and default search enigne in your preferred web browser dislay the hoax search engine Search.hlocalweatherradar.co Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads. Tracking technologies spy on your online activities.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Web Pages
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Search.hlocalweatherradar.co – Spread Techniques

The appearance of Search.hlocalweatherradar.co hijacker in your preferred web browser is most likely a result of the unattended installation of any undesired program on your device. One program that is known to be designed to push this browser hijacker is called Local Weather Radar. It is a nasty browser extension that pretends to be your weather consultant. Its official website localweatherradar.co is one of the channels we detected to be used for the distribution of this undesired program. Here is how it looks like when loaded in the browser:

localweatherradar.co official website

However, since this dubious browser extension is considered to be a program not many users will install by their will, we believe that it often lands on computer devices by being part of a software bundle or a corrupted freeware installer. So that’s why we advise you to read carefully all details that are listed in new programs’ setups. By doing so you could spot the presence of added extra programs and eventually prevent them from installing on your device.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by Search.hlocalweatherradar.co hijacker.

Search.hlocalweatherradar.co – More About Its Impact

Soon after files associated with Search.hlocalweatherradar.co browser hijacker are installed on your device, changes of essential web browser settings occur. Altered could be the settings of your browser start page, new tab page, and default search engine. As a result, you start seeing the hoax search engine Search.hlocalweatherradar.co to load whenever you open the affected browser.

The design of this hoax search engine is pretty simple:

search.hlocalweatherradar.co browser hijacker pushed by localweatherradar undesired app

However, it should not mislead you that the services of this search engine provide for the security of data you access and enter online. It is just an attempt of its owners to trick you into keeping their undesired program on your device. As found in the policy of this app, it is designed to collect and record a large number of both personally and non-personally identifiable details.
The list includes but may not be limited to:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Chrome extensions enabled
  • Paid advertisements clicked on SERP
  • Icons clicked on Home page/New Tab Page
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

As stated in the policy of Polarity Technologies Ltd, the company owner of this hijacker, it keeps the right to use collected data for its advertising purposes and disclose it to third-parties of unknown origin. As a consequence, your browser may be flooded with numerous annoying advertisements, appearance of which could make it sluggish or even unresponsive at times.

Unfortunately, since these ads may be set to land on corrupted web pages, a click on the wrong one could lead to the unnoticed activation of malicious code on your device.

Furthermore, in case that the associated browser extension Local Weather Radar is causing the appearance of this hijacker in your browser, you should know that it has automatically got all of the following permissions:

  • Access your data for all websites
  • Monitor extension usage and manage themes
  • Access browser tabs
  • Access browser activity during navigation

To sum up as long as Search.hlocalweatherradar.co hijacker and its associated files are running on your device they are able to cause variety of potentially harmful issues. So for the sake of your online security we recommend that you should consider their complete removal from the affected system and browser.

How to Remove Search.hlocalweatherradar.co Browser Hijacker

In order to remove Search.hlocalweatherradar.co hijacker and all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you need to pass through several removal steps. They are all presented in the removal guide below. The guide enables you to choose between manual and automatic removal approach. Our advice is to combine the steps as this way you will be able not only to get rid of this particular undesired program but also strengthen the security of your device. Have in mind that files associated with this redirect may have different names than Search.hlocalweatherradar.co

In case that you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us at our email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Search.hlocalweatherradar.co from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.hlocalweatherradar.co

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of Search.hlocalweatherradar.co from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co:

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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co. 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co. 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co. 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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".

stf-safari preferences


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

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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 Search.hlocalweatherradar.co 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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