My Weather Radar is a questionable browser extension coming from the good old Polarity team that may pose a potential threat to your computer. Since this new featured search site does not mean direct danger and we have not found malicious operations related to it, we have labeled it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Since this extension can actually change your homepage, new tab page, and default search provider settings, it could also be considered as a browser hijacker, and some malware experts may refer to it as such. This is not essentially a new extension regarding its services since we have seen identical clones in the past, such as Local Weather Radar and Your Weather Info Now. This Polarity family has dozens of members like Your Email Accounts Toolbar and Search.youreasyemailsh.com, which are all PUPs and browser hijackers. When using this tool, you should be aware that you could be exposed to questionable third-party content, which could lead to further infections or worse. This is the main reason why we recommend that you remove My Weather Radar as soon as possible no matter how innocent it may appear to be.
You can officially find this browser extension promoted on it webpage, myweatherradar.co/. One of the main characteristic of all Polarity extension webpages is that they are all very simple. If you click on the "Continue" button, you can directly install this tool. However, we advise you to check out the pop-up window carefully, which comes up before you could move on with the installation. This pop-up contains the permission you have to agree with if you want to use this extension. It is also possible to install this PUP from the Chrome web store, chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/my-weather-radar-v12/mkobgmckpdjcbiopmfieiaaojdjgmkhm. The truth is, we believe that more people install it in questionable, alternative ways, which will give you a good enough reason to want to delete My Weather Radar from your computer.
We have found that this PUP can be spread in free software bundles along with other PUPs and, possibly, with even malware infections. Installing such a software package could make your computer seriously vulnerable, i.e., exposed to dangerous web content and so on. This is why it is essential that you learn how you can download, or rather, avoid downloading such bundles. One of the main sources for malicious bundles is file-sharing, namely, suspicious torrent and freeware websites. These tend to promote questionable third-party installers, which could carry a number of threats, including PUPs and malware infections (adware programs, fake alerts, Trojans, and browser hijackers). But you can also download such a package when you are careless with your clicks and happen to click on a corrupt third-party advertisement or fake content. If you would like to use a secure computer, we suggest that after you delete My Weather Radar, you use a reliable malware scanner to find all other threats on your system as well.
When you install this PUP, it changes certain browser settings in the browser where you install it. Basically, it may affect Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. It modifies your homepage and new tab by setting "search.hmyweatherradar.co/?uc=20180202&ap=appfocus1&source=-lp0-bb8&uid=006c13f9-de50-4cd7-a1b7-099389f52a10&i_id=weather_1.0&page=newtab&" as well as search.hmyweatherradar.co as your new default search engine. This means a lot of exposure to this questionable featured search page.
This new tool is nothing new really, as we have already mentioned. It offers you weather-related quick links on a fake toolbar as well as in a panel of thumbnails below the main search field. Please note that the websites and widget pages this tool may provide could display potentially unreliable third-party advertisements. Also, this PUP sends all your queries to its own web server, query.hmyweatherradar.co, first and only then, to Yahoo. This means that you will be presented with a possibly modified Yahoo results page. In other words, engaging with any content there could lead to infecting your computer with new threats or opening malicious pages in new tabs. All in all, we recommend that you remove My Weather Radar if you would like to keep your PC safe.
Although removing this browser extension may eliminate this kind of exposure by this one PUP, we suggest that you reset your affected browsers instead to make sure that all other browser-related threats are also taken care unless you want to delete them one by one. We have prepared the necessary instructions for you below if you would like to have assistance with this. Keeping your PC secure should be your priority if you do not wish to ruin your system by letting more and more threats on board. If you cannot seem to be able to protect your computer yourself, you may want to consider installing a reliable malware removal application, such as SpyHunter.