Local Weather Alerts comes from a huge family of potentially unwanted programs called Mindspark Toolbars. All these programs usually come with some specific feature that looks useful and reliable, but users tend to install these apps accidentally. Hence, if you did not plan to have Local Weather Alerts on your computer, you might as well remove this application right now. You can find the manual removal instructions for this app at the bottom of this description. But don’t hesitate to invest in a licensed security tool if necessary because you have to make sure that your system is protected against all sorts of threats.
Like most of the potentially unwanted programs, Local Weather Alerts has an official homepage. Anyone can access it via localweatheralerts.co. However, it is very unlikely that users open this website or downloaded the application from the official sources. Computer security experts say that it is far more believable that Local Weather Alerts spreads through software bundles and pop-ups. If that is really the case, then it means that users download the app when they get some freeware program from file-sharing sites.
For the most part, it is possible to deselect the programs you don’t want when you install a freeware app, but users fail to do so because they tend to breeze through the installation. As a result, Local Weather Alerts might be just one of the many unwanted apps that get installed on your computer. Likewise, when you open various websites and you experience a pop-up onslaught, you have to be really careful about where you click because you might accidentally add Local Weather Alerts to your browser, too. All in all, it is easy to avoid such apps, you just have to be careful about the websites you visit and the programs you download.
On the other hand, if you are not attentive and Local Weather Alerts is added to your browser, you might think that you have been infected by a browser hijacker. In fact, in some cases, this app is categorized as one because it modifies your browsers settings, and it often looks like it does so without your permission. Upon the installing, Local Weather Alerts changes your homepage and the new tab settings, and it also modifies your default search engine, although the app cannot provide you with an original search service. With Local Weather Alerts on board, all of your search queries will be redirected through a custom Yahoo! Search page. Of course, it doesn’t mean that Yahoo! Search is related to Minspark Toolbars. It’s just a search engine these apps use to provide you with relevant service.
Although the original intention of Local Weather Alerts is to display weather alerts in your location, it is highly unlikely that you need a third-party app for that. What’s more, Local Weather Alerts is bound to indulge in third-party advertising, so if you want to avoid getting exposed to unfamiliar content, you have to terminate this program.
Since there might be more than one unwanted program installed on your computer, it is recommended that you restore your browser settings to default. Local Weather Alerts is compatible with Chrome and Firefox browsers, so we’ll leave the instructions for that. After browser reset, it would be a good idea to scan your computer with a licensed antispyware tool because you need to detect and terminate all the potential threats that might be hidden in your system.
Also, please don’t forget to employ safe web browsing habits, and don’t download programs from unfamiliar sources. Things like Local Weather Alerts can easily slither into your system when you expect it the least.