Search.weatherradarforecast.co is not a search tool you should trust. The extension/application that is attached to it – Weather Radar Forecast – is not trustworthy either. In fact, this extension was created only to introduce Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer users to the suspicious search tool. That means that if you want to change the homepage or search provider, you might as well do it manually (of course, we do not recommend it). The add-on is useless. Although it is likely that many users will choose to delete Search.weatherradarforecast.co and the add-on associated with it, our researchers believe that many will see no harm in using this suspicious software. Unfortunately, this could mean big trouble. Are the search tool and the add-on malicious? It would be unfair to say that; however, there is no doubt that this software is not reliable either. Keep reading to learn why removal is recommended, as well as to familiarize with different methods you can use to eliminate the unwanted extension and hijacker.
From our experience, Search.weatherradarforecast.co always comes bundled with the Weather Radar Forecast extension. It is represented at weatherradarforecast.co, but Chrome users can install it from chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/weather-radar-forecast/ifhlhnlahnmggpilngabjdmdlhdcafjp. When the extension is installed, the user should be warned about browser modifications. On Chrome, the add-on changes the New Tab only, but on Firefox and IE, it could change homepage and search provider too. Those who acquire the search tool from a different source might not get the memo about any changes. Furthermore, the add-on could be installed along with malicious threats and potentially unwanted programs. If this happens, you will need to delete more threats. Our research team identifies the add-on and the search tool as a browser hijacker because they modify browser’s settings. Whether or not that is done without the user’s notice, the hijacker should be removed. This is not the only hijacker of this nature. Others created by the same company (Polarity Technologies Ltd.) include Search.searchlcll.com, Search.hmylocaltransit.co, and Search.hfreeforms.co. We suggest removing them all.
You will be routed to search.yahoo.com when you enter keywords into the Search.weatherradarforecast.co search field. Since this search provider is well-known and widely-used, some users might think that they are safe. First of all, the results can be modified, which means that unreliable links could be shown to you. Second, information about you will be recorded if you use the tool. Polarity Technologies Ltd. can track your virtual activity to learn what kind of content you interact with, but it can also use it to collect specific information, such as the browser you use or your IP address. Even personal data could be recorded. Many users are likely to ignore this, but you should not because the data Search.weatherradarforecast.co records can be disclosed to unknown parties, and that makes it unreliable. Overall, even though the hijacker displays useful links via its home page, using and trusting it is not recommended. On the contrary, it is recommended that you delete this hijacker.
How can you remove Search.weatherradarforecast.co if you are not an expert-level user? You can do it manually, or you can employ anti-malware software. If you choose the first option, you MUST scan your system before and after the removal. The “before” scan is necessary so you could check if other threats exist. If they do, you might switch to using anti-malware software. If other threats do not exist, we are sure you can successfully delete Search.weatherradarforecast.co by eliminating the Weather Radar Forecast extension. The “after” scan is important to check if your system is clean. If any leftovers are found, you must clear them immediately. What about using anti-malware software? You only get benefits from using it because, once installed, it can do much more than just erase the hijacker. Most important is that it can keep you safe in the future. If any unreliable or malicious program tries to invade your system, you will be warned about it before anything bad happens. Everyone should use anti-malware software.
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