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Thread: How to Remove Weather Inspect Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox)

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    How to Remove Weather Inspect Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox)

    This Weather Inspect removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

    Weather Inspect is an application which provides weather reports and forecasts. The tool has a set of features. It makes predictions for rainfalls and cloudiness, calculates the percentage of moisture, wind speed and direction in different units. Weather Inspect uses dynamic localization to retrieve the latest weather conditions for the current area. With an intuitive user interface, the utility may appear to be a convenient and reliable assistant, but reports state otherwise. Weather Inspect has caught the eye of cyber security experts and not in a good way. The program has been categorized as adware due to the unauthorized processes it runs in parallel with its regular tasks.

    If you do not recall installing Weather Inspect to your computer, do not be surprised. A lot of people discover this program without having a logical explanation as to how it got there. The event is not as mysterious as it may seem. The official website of the application, weatherinspect.com, reveals that there is something out of place. There is an orange download button on the homepage, but it does not host a link. The adware is in fact spread through alternative methods. The most common distribution technique is bundling. Pirated programs, freeware, and shareware serve as download clients for the furtive tool. The unlicensed software will offer the adware as a bonus. You can choose to accept it or deselect it. Make sure you read the terms and conditions, so that you would find the option.

    Other methods for distributing Weather Inspect include spam emails and drive-by installations. The mailing technique involves a physical host. Attached documents, images, archives, folders and other carriers are utilized to transfer the adware. The sender will present the file as a notification from a reputable company or organization, like the national post, the district police department, a bank, an institution, a government branch, a social network, or an online shop. Be advised that accessing the host file is enough to prompt the transmission of the adware. To check whether a given message is legitimate, proof the sender’s email address. Drive-by installations do not require a mediator. All it takes is to enter a website or follow a link. To stay safe, do your research on suspicious domains.

    Weather Inspect makes revenue for its developers by supporting third party content. The clandestine program displays advertisements containing bargain shopping deals. They will be brought in a wide array of formats, including banners, freebies, in-text links, coupon boxes, comparison, transitional, interstitial, floating, contextual, and inline ads. To make the sponsored content eye-catching, so that more users would be interested, the adware utilizes special effects. It decorates the ad windows with colorful patterns, cursive fonts, and flash animations. You will be targeted with exclusive offers for various consumer goods. Some of them could acquire your interest. Be advised that the reliability of the proposed offers is not guaranteed. 2Steps-Soft LLC, the company behind the tool, has disclaimed responsibility for third party content. Any security issues you may have would be your burden alone.

    Weather Inspect poses security threats with its own activity to begin with. The adware is set to keep track of people’s online sessions and collect information from their web browser. It will record your history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, demographic details, residency, email, telephone number, fax, user names, passwords, and financial credentials. The gathered input will be packed into catalogs and sold on darknet markets. Note that the proprietors of the adware do not ask users for permission to monitor their online activity and gather information on them. Your sensitive data can fall into the hands of cyber criminals.

    Weather Inspect Uninstall

    STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

    For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
    Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.

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    For Windows 8/8.1
    Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.

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    Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.

    For Windows 10
    Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.

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    While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.

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    STEP-2 Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

    Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

    Open Firefox, click on top-right corner [Options icon], click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.

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    Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

    Remove From Chrome:

    Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).

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    Remove From Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.

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    Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

    STEP-3 Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

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    STEP-4 Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

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    Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

    STEP-5 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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    Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

    STEP-6 Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

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    Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

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    Thank you!
    Helpful information.
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    Do you know the directory path where the .crx files are stored to make sure all malicious extensions are gone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by confucius View Post
    @jimmy7

    Do you know the directory path where the .crx files are stored to make sure all malicious extensions are gone?
    @confucius, this is what I've found:

    After you install an extension, all the files are in a folder named according to the extension ID. To get the extension ID, go to chrome://extensions/ and make sure Developer mode is checked.

    Installed Chrome extension directories:

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    /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Extensions

    Windows 7
    C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions

    Windows XP
    C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

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    ~/.config/google-chrome/Default/Extensions/

    Note: Additional directories are created when you have multiple profiles in Chrome. To get to an extension installed for the second profile, replace /Default with /Profile 1.

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    @jimmy7

    Super helpful information, turns out a VM was infected.

    If a VM is infected and I deleted is the main system ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by confucius View Post
    @jimmy7

    Super helpful information, turns out a VM was infected.

    If a VM is infected and I deleted is the main system ok?
    I'm afraid this question needs someone with a more advanced knowledge than me on the matter. If someone else can help out with this, please give us a comment.


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