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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage


Search.yourweatherhub.com falls into the category of browser hijackers because of its malicious dissemination method. You might want to remove this hijacker because it is more than likely that you got it unintentionally. From the outset, we want to clarify that it is part of a web monetization scheme which means that it is set to generate income from advertisements and promotional links featured in its search results. You might think that there is nothing to get worried about, but we want to point out that the chances are that some of those links can redirect you to less than legitimate websites. Indeed, you might run into some malicious content if you decide to keep it. Let us begin with its origins and methods of dissemination to gain some perspective of what you are dealing with.

After visiting Search.yourweatherhub.com we were convinced that this hijacker was created by SaferBrowser, a company dedicated to producing browser hijackers. This developer releases browser hijackers without interruption. Some of its newer releases include hijackers such as Search.youremailnow.com, Search.searchtrmypa.com, Search2.searchlson.com, and Search.searchcads.com which were released just this past month. All of these hijackers come with dedicated extensions, and Search.yourweatherhub.com is no exception. This particular hijacker comes with an extension named Your Weather Hub. This extension is distributed via two channels.

The first channel is a dedicated website at Yourweatherhub.com, which claims that the extension will provide you with weather forecasts right on your browser. However, this is just a front since this extension’s purpose is to replace your web browser’s settings. The second known method of dissemination is software bundling. We have received information that it is being bundled with third-party software and uploaded to freeware sharing websites. Since it comes bundled with various installers, we heard that the setup might inset Your Weather Hub into your browser without asking for your permission. Some installers might let you deselect its installation while other will force its content on your PC, and that is the main reason why we have classified Search.yourweatherhub.com as a browser hijacker. Now, let us jump into this hijacker’s functionality and discuss it in more detail.

If you have installed Your Weather Hub, then we want you to know that apart from injecting this hijacker into your browser it does absolutely nothing. The weather-related toolbar found on Search.yourweatherhub.com is part of the site and is not part of the extension. Also, the said toolbar is not that useful because it is a collection of weather-related links that you can bookmark yourself. It is compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox and is it configured to modify the settings of these browsers and replace their homepage address. Hence, this hijacker forces you to use it for processing the search queries that you enter into the search box. It is interesting to note that it redirects the search queries to a custom Yahoo search engine. However, it is not the same as the original Yahoo.com search engine because it can feature additional advertisements supplied by SaferBrowser’s advertising partners. Thus, we warn you that some of the presented links may be unreliable and outright malicious. Indeed, this hijacker can subject you to scam and phishing websites and sites that feature malicious software downloads. Therefore, it might jeopardize your computer’s security.

We also want to shed some light on Search.yourweatherhub.com’s privacy policy. We have found that it is configured to gather non-personally identifiable information automatically and use it for marketing and advertising purposes. The collected information includes the search queries that you have entered, visited URLs, Internet Service Provider (ISP) information, Internet Protocol (IP) address, your approximate geographical location, and browser type, among other things. It cannot obtain personally identifiable information, but the company can collect it if you contact them. Any personal information you prove can be supplemented with non-personally identifiable information and used for the said marketing and advertising purposes.

In closing, it is clear that Search.yourweatherhub.com is not set to benefit you but make money for its owners and their advertising partners since it has been configured to include promotional links in its search results. However, it has to hijack your browser to show you the ads which is unacceptable. Due to its malicious activities, you should delete. Feel free to use the manual removal guide found below.

Uninstall via Control Panel

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and click Control Panel.
  2. Go to Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find thesoftware and click Remove.

Windows 7 & Vista

  1. Click Start.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Find the application and Uninstall it.

Windows 10/8.1/8

  1. Simultaneously press Windows+I keys.
  2. Go to Control Panel.
  3. Find the program and Uninstall it.

Remove the browser extension

Google Chrome

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press Alt+F.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. At the bottom, click Show Advanced settings.
  5. In the Reset settings section, click Reset settings.
  6. Click Reset in the resulting box.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the browser.
  2. Press Alt+H and select Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox.
  4. In the dialog box, click Refresh Firefox again.
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