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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Changes default search engine
  • Hijacks homepage

QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar

QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar is a malicious toolbar that can change the new tab page of your browser to subject you to its promoted search engine that is apt to feature links to malicious websites. Effectively, this program hijacks the new tab page because it does not inform or let you choose whether you want the new tab page to be replaced. Its developers count on you not to remove because it can present you with search results. However, its search results are likely to feature shady promotional links that can redirect to shady websites. Furthermore, both this application and its search engine are dedicated to collecting information about you and using it to customize and personalize the ad campaign.

We have found that this toolbar was published by IAC Applications, a company that is better known by its previous name — Mindspark Interactive Network. This company has been around for several years now and is infamous for its questionable and rather useless applications. Apart from releasing QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar, this program has also released ProductManualsFinder Toolbar, EasyWeatherAlert Toolbar, MyFormsFinder Toolbar, and many others. These numerous toolbars have been released for the single purpose of replacing your browser’s new tab page address and subjecting you to links that generate revenue when clicked.

As far as QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar’s distribution methods are concerned, we have found that you can download it from its dedicated distribution website at Quickweatheralert.com. This website states that this toolbar will provide you with links features such as current temperature, detailed forecast, Weather forecast, Tide predictions, and Wind Map. These gimmicky features are a distraction because this program’s true purpose is to subject you to promotional links and ads featured in the search results of its search engine.

QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer and it is set to replace their new tab pages. Take note that in the case of Internet Explorer you will not see this toolbar in its list of toolbars and extensions because you have to uninstall it as an application.

This toolbar features the Hp.myway.com search engine that contains links to several legitimate websites. Nevertheless, it used Google Custom Search which means that he people at IAC Applications can customize the search results to accommodate their shady promotional links that can redirect you to various shady websites. These sites can feature malicious content such as malware or the sites themselves can be malicious, and some of them can pose as online baking platforms to extracts your baking credentials. Others can be mere phishing websites that present fake surveys to get some personal information out of you.

Speaking of information, QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar and its accompanying search engine have been configured to collect non-personally identifiable information about you. Typically, this information includes your IP address, approximate geographical location, browsing history, entered search queries, browser type, operating system type, and so on. All of this information is used to customize and personalize the ads and links presented in the search results to make more money.

We hope that you found this description useful. Undoubtedly, QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar is an unreliable application, but we would not call it malicious just yet. Toolbars that were released before this one have shown tendencies to promote questionable content while this new toolbar has yet to show its true colors, but that may be underway. Therefore, we suggest that you be on the safe side of things and remove it from your PC as soon as possible.

Uninstall QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from Control Panel

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu located at the bottom left side of the screen.
  2. Click Control Panel and select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Find the unwanted toolbar and click Remove.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the unwanted application.
  4. Right-click it and click Uninstall.

Windows 8/8.1

  1. Open the Charm bar and cick Settings.
  2. Go to Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Locate the application and click Uninstall.

Windows 10

  1. Right-click the Start menu.
  2. Select Programs and Features.
  3. Locate the toolbar and right-click it.
  4. Click the Uninstall button.

Remove QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Press Alt+F.
  2. Open More tools.
  3. Select Extensions.
  4. Find and remove the bad toolbar.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Choose Extensions.
  3. Locate the toolbar.
  4. Click Remove.
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