Search.hlocalweatherradar.co Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
Other names: Hlocalweatherradar.co
 

Search.hlocalweatherradar.co (also known as hlocalweatherradar) is a browser hijacker – malicious application, that will make some unwanted changes to your web browsers. In this article we will provide you with the information why and how it has attacked you and how to solve this problem. If it is relevant to you, please proceed reading the post.

This parasite was delivered by Polarity Technologies Ltd, a company well known for developing malicious applications. SearchEasyMa.com virusSearch.searchltto.com and many other malware of this type came from this company. It is registered in Cyprus and you can track tons of browser add-ons developed by this company just by googling it.

Since there is no download or ‘add to web browser’ button on their official website at www.search.hlocalweatherradar.co, we assume that it is distributed bundled with other freeware or malware. If your computer is infected with some other similar malware viruses, there is a chance that Search.hlocalweatherradar.co will be infiltrated by it. Also, if you download some free application from the Internet and recklessly install it on your computer, Search.hlocalweatherradar.co can be installed as an additional free tool, even though you did not ask for it. This is what bundling looks like – you download some software and get additional unwanted tools as a bundled. Unfortunately, those additional tools often happens to be malicious, as in this case.

Search.hlocalweatherradar.co website pretends to be a quality search engine, but in reality it only serves to distribute other malware and we have some points to prove that. First of all, if you try to search for something via Search.hlocalweatherradar.co, your search will be executed via Yahoo search (look at the picture below).

Search.hlocalweatherradar.co search redirected to Yahoo

As far as we know, this browser add-on is compatible only with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers. So if your computer is infected and your homepage is Search.hlocalweatherradar.co, you will notice a new toolbar that looks like this:

Search.hlocalweatherradar.co toolbar

And this is where the magic happens. As the homepage itself has no other functions than to redirect searches to Yahoo as well as displaying several icons leading to popular websites (Gmail, Youtube, etc.), the main job is done by this toolbar. It is supposed to provide you with the information about weather, however it is nowhere near the real numbers (we experienced that ourselves). Moving forward – if you click on the weather information bar, willing to find out more (maybe some weather forecast or more in-depth info), you will find yourself in a completely different page, yet with the same domain name. The page looks like this:

Weatherly add-on

Now we can get a clear picture of Hlocalweatherradar.co browser hijacker – it was developed to distribute Weatherly browser add-on which happens to be MyWeatherTab virus. That leads us to the conclusion that both of those programs are malicious and unwanted.

So basically, this add-on is just a malicious tool dedicated to the distribution of other virus. There are no reasons to keep it installed on a computer and we recommend to get rid of it ASAP. Now, if you have no idea how to do that, we will help you to go through this process. First of all, it can be done either manually or automatically, thus it’s up to you which method fits your needs the best. Since it’s easier and less time consuming to do it automatically, we suggest to go for this removal method. All you have to do is to download reliable anti-malware application, such as SpyHunter or Malwarebytes, install it on your computer and then run a full scan of all files stored on your hard drive. Either one of them should detect and remove the virus immediately. It will also protect your computer from similar viruses in the future, thus it’s worth to keep it installed.

In case you prefer to perform this removal without any help of anti-malware tools – scroll down below this article and take a look at our step-by-step Search.hlocalweatherradar.co manual removal guide. We have developed it to assist you through this complicated process of virus removal. Do your best to complete all steps correctly and you should be able to eliminate the virus manually by your own.



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Manual removal of Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus

How to remove hlocalweatherradar virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Hlocalweatherradar.co install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing hlocalweatherradar virus from your browsers

  Top Remove malicious extensions from Internet Explorer

  • Press on the Gear icon→Manage Add-ons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Close the Options.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to hlocalweatherradar virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Press on the Gear icon->Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.
    Reset settings
  • Select a Delete personal settingscheckbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Removing hlocalweatherradar virus from Chrome

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Google Chrome window. Select “Settings”.
    Open settings
  • Click “Extensions” on the left menu bar.
  • Go through the extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to Hlocalweatherradar.co. Click on the trash bin icon next to Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus or other add-ons you want to remove.
    Remove extensions
  • Press on the “Remove” button on the Confirmation window.
    Remove approve
  • If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
    Disable extension
  • Restart Chrome.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to hlocalweatherradar virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
    Open settings
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on the Reset settings button.
    Reset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

  Top Removing hlocalweatherradar virus from Firefox

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Hlocalweatherradar.co related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • Choose Troubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top


Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top Removing Hlocalweatherradar.co from Safari (Mac OS X)

  • Click on the Safari menu.
  • Choose Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Click on the Extensions Tab.
  • Click on the Uninstall button near the Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus. Remove all other unknown or suspicious entries too. If you are not sure whether you need the extension or not, you can simply uncheck the Enable check-box to disable the extension temporarily.
    Extensions
  • Restart Safari.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to hlocalweatherradar virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari.
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

Manual removal

 

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove hlocalweatherradar virus, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.

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July 10, 2017 06:08, July 11, 2017 02:23
   
 

2 thoughts on “Search.hlocalweatherradar.co virus

2 Comments
  1. Removing it from my web browsers’ extension list seems not to solve any problem, still appears as a homepage

  2. That means your computer is most probably infected with Weatherly malware as well. Try to scan your system with AV or anti-malware software, this should solve the problem

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