- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
You should not permit Search.weather-genie.com to take over the homepage of your Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer browser because it is not a reliable search engine, which it might appear to be at first sight. According to the latest information, this seemingly harmless search tool is a browser hijacker that takes over the browser to showcase sponsored content, as well as to record information about the user. If you do not understand why that is something you should be concerned about, you need to read this report immediately. Our research team has inspected this hijacker in an internal lab to help you understand how this threat truly works. If you want to learn about this, you need to continue reading. If you are not interested, you can move straight to the removal of Search.weather-genie.com. The guide below shows how to delete the hijacker manually, and note that if you have questions about this process, you can add them to them comments section.
According to our research, Search.weather-genie.com is very similar to such browser hijackers as Search.volfind.com, Search.tagadin.com, and Splintersearch.com, all of which have already been analyzed in different reports that you can find at pcthreat.com. At the bottom of the home page of Search.weather-genie.com, you can find a tag indicating that the hijacker might have been created by “Linkury.” Similar tags are also associated with the aforementioned hijackers, and all of them suggest that Snap.do is involved. The good news is that you will not need to deal with more than one of these hijackers at a time because it would make no sense for several hijackers to be battling for a spot on your web browser. That being said, you are very likely to find the hijacker along with other infections or potentially unwanted programs because it is spread via third-party installers. Identifying malware can be difficult if the infections are camouflaged. Luckily, there are plenty of reliable malware scanners that can help you identify all threats that require removal. Note that if critically dangerous infections are found, you probably will want to delete them first.
Deleting Search.weather-genie.com should be easy for you even if you lack experience in the department of hijackers. This one only corrupts the homepage, and so you should be able to get rid of it fully by overwriting the homepage URL. The instructions below are simple, but if you encounter problems, do not hesitate to communicate with us because we want to help. Of course, before you do anything, scanning your operating system using a legitimate malware scanner is crucial, and we have already discussed why. If the scanner finds threats that you will not be able to eliminate yourself, use anti-malware software that is created to automatically detect and erase all malicious programs and files. Just like with search tools, you have to be cautious when selecting the right anti-malware tool as well. If you do not research the chosen tool before installing it, you might end up inviting malware, so be careful!