|Type||Adware, PUP, Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The application may be bundled with rogue software products and may have been employed for quick monetization purposes.|
|Symptoms||Users may experience unwanted advertisements, the browser’s settings may also be altered.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, freeware installers, the official page.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Weather Ping|
Weather Ping is advertised as a friendly application, designed to show real time weather updates from the desktop. The program is supposed to be compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8. It can be downloaded from its official website – weatherping(dot)com. However, the program may have been distributed in a bundled download and is related to the infamous MyStartSearch.com hijacker. Our security research indicates that Weather Ping may act as a potentially unwanted program. If you don’t recall downloading the program yourself, you may have encountered a bundled installer. In this case, consider scanning your system as soon as possible. Malware or riskware can be hiding in your system.
Weather Ping Distribution and Description
Weather Ping is currently available for download on its official website. It may also be promoted on freeware and shareware pages. Please note that potentially unwanted applications are often spread via various software bundlers and monetization platforms. Weather Ping may have relations with a range of third party software providers and services.
→5. Third Party Content and Services on the SOFTWARE PRODUCT
The SOFTWARE PRODUCT may contain user or third party content, information, opinions and services, including but not limited to User Submissions. Such third party content, information and opinions and third party services are not endorsed in any way by SOFTWARE PRODUCT and are provided solely as a convenience to SOFTWARE PRODUCT users. In no event will SOFTWARE PRODUCT be liable for loss or damage of any kind incurred by you due to your use of or reliance on any third party content, information and opinions that are posted, uploaded or otherwise made available on the SOFTWARE PRODUCT and/or through the SOFTWARE PRODUCT Site Services or for your use of any third party services made available through the SOFTWARE PRODUCT Site and /or the SOFTWARE PRODUCT Site Services.
Weather Ping Download and Behavior
During setup, the Weather Ping installer may promote the infamous browser hijacker mystartsearch(dot)com for a default search page, homepage and new tab page. This change is noted in the installer, however, there is no option to un-check it. Have a look at the image below:
As a result of the installation of Weather Ping, the browser’s home page, search page and new tab page will be changed to mystartsearch(dot)com. Reversing the browser’s settings to normal may be difficult to accomplish.
How to Remove MyStartSearch(dot)com
Weather Ping’s installer may also be employed to promote other types of third-party software. For example, during the setup of the program, the user may be prompted to become a participant in a survey conducted by Relevant Knowledge.
Relevant Knowledge is a part of an online market research community with over 2 million members worldwide. The platform is close to Premium Opinion and other ad-driven applications.
Weather Ping Detection Report
The primary executable of the program has been analyzed by the VirusTotal scanner:
It is easy to assume that the program is ad-supported and, due to its bundled and monetizing practices, it turns out to be potentially unwanted as well.
Adware is not malicious but, in the long run, it becomes damaging to the PC. This is what we have discovered about adware applications:
- Adware adds tracking cookies to the browser to collect personally identifiable and non-identifiable information from users.
- Collected data may be sold or given to affiliate partners and third parties for the purpose of showing relevant advertisements – pop-ups, banners, in-text ads.
- Adware can be related to browser hijackers. As a result, the browser’s default settings will be changed and it may be impossible to reverse them.
- Adware can employ silent and unattended installers – the user will not be notified of any additional software downloaded to his PC.
Weather Ping has been detected as a MultiBundle and Install Monetizer. Other unwanted applications may have been downloaded to the system in a silent manner. For example, RegClean Pro or other unwanted applications may have been downloaded alongside Weather Ping.
Weather Ping Removal Manual
Our research unambiguously demonstrates that Weather Ping and associated adware should be removed instantly from the computer. Since the system may have been modified by a hijacker, a full system scan is highly recommended.
However, if you feel confident enough that you can deal with the removal of the riskware alone, you can refer to our removal guide.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Weather Ping in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Weather Ping.
Step 2: Remove Weather Ping from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Weather Ping and click “Remove”
After Weather Ping is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Weather Ping to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Weather Ping has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Weather Ping
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Weather Ping. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Weather Ping will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Weather Ping.
Removing Weather Ping from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing Weather Ping from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Weather Ping.
Step 4: Remove Weather Ping automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Weather Ping associated objects.