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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine is a threat for the users of Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox browsers. This browser hijacker could potentially attack abruptly, without permission; however, according to our research, most users install it themselves. That is because this hijacker is attached to a browser add-on that they might be interested in. Although the add-on – which is called Local Weather Radar by SaferBrowser – might seem attractive, its only feature is the hijacker. Once you install it, you will be forced to modify homepage settings, so that you would face the suspicious search tool every time you open the infected browser. Although this search tool provides easy-access links to weather forecast-related sites (e.g.,,, and, that is not exclusive to the add-on. The add-on simply introduces you to the hijacker, and that is why we suggest deleting it as well. Of course, if you do, you will simultaneously remove, but that is a good thing, considering how suspicious this search tool is.

Did you download along with Local Weather Radar from an official download site? Our research team could not find one, which is why we believe that this site has been taken down already. According to our findings, this suspicious software is most likely to be spread via software bundles, which means that it is likely to be spread along with third-party programs. Whether or not they are malicious only a legitimate malware scanner can tell you. Of course, we are skeptical in regards to the installers spreading the hijacker, and we believe that most – if not all – programs bundled along with it will turn out to be malicious. Obviously, if malicious infections exist, you need to delete them immediately. Even if you pay no attention to the fact that is spread in a potentially malicious way, you cannot dismiss the fact that this hijacker is unreliable. All you need to do to figure that is to enter a desired search keyword into the provided search box. You will immediately find out that you are redirected to a third-party site.

Are you leaning towards trusting because this hijacker redirects to This search tool might be trustworthy and beneficial if you use it on its own, but if you are redirected to it, there is always a chance that you are being exposed to modified search results. That is not the only risk you face by using The Privacy Policy of this hijacker reveals that if you use the services of “Local Weather Radar™,” you grant the company the permission to record your browsing data, which, unfortunately, might include personally identifiable information as well. If that was not enough, the hijacker also informs that this data can be shared with third parties. You can link the same Privacy Policy statement to and many other hijackers that come from the SaferBrowser family. Obviously, these search tools are not reliable, and you might put yourself at risk by using them. This is by far the most important reason to delete from your browsers.

The removal of is not something you will have to spend a lot of your time on. Internet Explorer users might need to change homepage and default search provider settings after uninstalling the undesirable app, and Chrome and Firefox users are likely to get rid of all unwanted elements by removing add-ons. These processes are represented in the instructions below, and we are sure that you will successfully eliminate this undesirable, suspicious software manually even if you do not know what you are doing. Once you think you have gotten rid of malware, install a malware scanner. This tool will help you figure out if additional threats exist and if you have eliminated all components of the hijacker. Of course, if you are having trouble with the entire operation, you should immediately install an automated malware remover. Also, do not forget that your operating system requires better protection, which is why we advise installing anti-malware software, which can erase malware and protect you at the same time. Removal

Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start button on the Taskbar and open Control Panel.
  2. Move to Add or Remove Programs and Remove the undesirable app.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10:

  1. Tap Win+R keys on the keyboard to launch RUN and enter Control Panel.
  2. Move to the Uninstall a program menu and Uninstall the undesirable app.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open the browser, tap Alt+T, and choose Internet Options.
  2. Click the General tab and overwrite the undesirable Home Page URL. Click OK.
  3. Tap Alt+T one more time and choose Manage Add-ons.
  4. In the Search Providers menu Remove the undesirable provider and click Close.
  5. Restart the browser and install a trusted malware scanner.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open the browser and tap Ctrl+Shift+A to open the Add-ons Manager.
  2. In the Extensions menu click the Remove button next to the undesirable add-on.
  3. Restart the browser and then perform a full system scan.

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser and tap Alt+F to open a menu.
  2. Select More tools, go to Extensions, and identify the undesirable extension.
  3. Click the trash button, select Remove, and then install a trusted malware scanner.
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