Weather Reports New Tab is an unreliable browser extension that could work on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Based on its behavior our researchers decided to classify it as a potentially unwanted program or a PUP in short. What raises a suspicion is the fact the plugin might be able to modify browser’s preferences and may introduce the user to an unreliable search engine through which the user might receive potentially dangerous advertising content. Also, it was discovered the PUP could be spread via untrustworthy channels, such as various file-sharing web pages, annoying pop-up ads, and so on. It seems to us it would be unwise to keep such a suspicious tool installed and if you think the same we urge you not to waste any time with Weather Reports New Tab and erase it with the deletion instructions located below or a reliable security tool you like.
Our researchers checked Chrome Web Store page but did not find Weather Reports New Tab on it. It is either the plugin was never distributed through this channel, or it was merely removed due to it being unreliable. However, the PUP could still be spread via other sources. For instance, it might be bundled with other PUPs, adware, browser hijackers, and so on. Usually, such software comes from web pages distributing pirated tools or doubtful freeware. Besides, it could be downloaded after clicking various pop-ups or other ads encountered while visiting untrustworthy web pages. Thus, if you would like to protect the computer from other potentially dangerous applications, it is advisable to stay away from doubtful file-sharing sites or pop-ups urging you to install unknown programs. The smarter choice would be to obtain the tools you need from legitimate pages only. Also, it is advisable always to pay attention to the installation process and pick advanced settings to avoid unwanted software bundles.
Once the PUP gets installed, it might modify some of the browser’s settings, for example, default search engine, homepage, or new tab page. Instead, of user’s usual preferences, the extension could make the browser load a particular search engine whenever he launches it, starts a new search, or opens a new tab. Our specialists say by doing so the plugin’s creators might seek to encourage the user surf with the newly presented search engine and generate advertising revenue each time he clicks the application’s displayed advertisements. The bad side is even though the software’s creators could benefit from your usage of Weather Reports New Tab, you may accidentally endanger the system by doing so. That is because the advertisements which could appear with search results might come from unknown third parties and so some of them could be potentially dangerous, for example, the ads may lead to malicious sites, advertise other PUPs or even malware, invite you to participate in fake surveys, and so on. We cannot be one hundred percent sure of this, but there is a possibility the extension could introduce you to such content, and if you would like to avoid it, we recommend not to waste any time with Weather Reports New Tab.
Users who decide to get rid of the PUP could do so manually by following our recommended deletion instructions located below this text. The steps they contain will show how to remove the unwanted plugin and how to reset the affected browser. On the other hand, if you would rather scan the system with a security tool and eliminate Weather Reports New Tab along with other possible threats by just pressing provided deletion button, we would recommend picking a reliable antimalware tool instead.