WeatherGrind

What is WeatherGrind?

WeatherGrind is a questionable program that belongs to a recently emerged adware family. This family seems to be growing quite steadily and this new potential threat source just confirms it. This adware is a desktop program that is supposed to show you local weather and forecast information. Although it poses as a standalone desktop app, it simply loads a specific website and that is all it really does; well, apart from promoting other third-party content as well, of course. However, our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com have found that the content displayed by this adware cannot always be fully trusted. Therefore, you should be careful using this application. In fact, we advise you to remove WeatherGrind right away to be on the safe side. This adware is suspicious from the very beginning when you want to download it from its own official page. Let us tell you in more detail why we found this application risky to have on board.testtest

Where does WeatherGrind come from?

To be quite frank, the downloading of this suspicious application raises a number of questions and security-related issues as well. There are several ways for this annoying program to sneak onto your computer. Most probably the main channel is through unsafe third-party pop-up ads, which are mostly download offers. These ads may try to trick you into believing that you urgently need to download a software update, a new driver, and the like. Some of these may even disguise themselves as legitimate Windows dialog boxes to make sure that you click on them. But one single click is just enough to download this program instead of whatever update was promised.

Such ads can come from two sources, either from adware apps on your PC or shady websites associated with online piracy, including freeware and torrent sites. It is also possible that this adware is not even the only infection you download in these cases. You might unfortunately allow a whole bundle of threats onto your machine this way. Therefore, you should be very careful about the ads you click on and the websites you land on. We recommend that you remove WeatherGrind right now if you are not sure how it got there onto your computer.

Another even more suspicious thing about this adware is that its own official webpage, weathergrind.com, offers you an installer that actually contains a number of threats, including MyPcBackUp, Yoursearching.com, and System Healer. But these threats may change due to your locality. Installing this package would mean infecting your computer with potentially unwanted programs, browser hijackers as well as adware programs. This could seriously threaten your system security. If you want to restore order, we suggest that you run a malware scanner on your system after you delete WeatherGrind.

How does WeatherGrind work?

According to our specialists there are more and more identical adware programs emerging nowadays that look very similar and function the same way, including DraftFactor, ChatClap, and Job Knows. This ad-supported program is no exception. It also has its own GUI with a big WeatherGrind logo at the top and a specific, promoted website (wunderground.com) below it. We have noticed that this adware may also launch a browser window and load this same website or advertising pages as well. After careful testing we can say that we recommend that you use a reliable browser or a proper desktop application if you are interested in local weather. This adware may pose a threat to your computer by introducing you to potentially unsafe content; starting with its own website which hosts unreliable third-party advertisements, too. If you do not want to experience how you may be scammed by crooks or how many more threats you can infect your computer with, we advise you to remove WeatherGrind once and for all.

How can I delete WeatherGrind?

Although this adware has been found totally useless and potentially harmful, there is still one part of this application that actually works just fine; and that is its uninstaller. It seems that this uninstaller leaves no leftovers, so you can safely use it. If you have never uninstalled an application before, please follow our instructions below. However, if you like challenges and you consider yourself an experienced user, you may want to go for the manual removal option. Please follow our instructions carefully and step by step to make sure that you modify the right registry keys. You should remember that this infection may only be the tip of the iceberg. If you do not eliminate all the threat sources hiding on your system, your PC will not be fully secure. You can choose to do it manually, but for best results, we recommend that you use a trustworthy anti-malware application. Since the Internet is swarming with rogue security tools, make sure that you download a reputable one not to create more issues for yourself and your operating system.

WeatherGrind Removal from Windows

Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10

  1. Press Win+X and pick Programs and Features.
  2. Click on the application and press Uninstall.

Windows Vista/Windows 7

  1. Press the Windows button on the Taskbar and choose Control Panel.
  2. Select Uninstall a program.
  3. Click on the application and press Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Click Start and go to Control Panel.
  2. Open Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Click on the application and press Remove.

Manual Instructions

  1. Tap Win+Q and enter regedit. Hit Enter.
  2. Find these registry keys and remove them all:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WeatherGrind
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F1DDF893-4B3E-48D2-8A4B-8AE1770BA9B8}_is1 (only 64-bit)
    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\www.WeatherGrind.com
    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\WeatherGrind.com
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WeatherGrind (only 64-bit)
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F1DDF893-4B3E-48D2-8A4B-8AE1770BA9B8}_is1
  3. Exit the Registry editor.
  4. Tap Win+E.
  5. Find these folders and delete them:
    %PROGRAMFILES%\WeatherGrind
    %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\WeatherGrind (Windows Xp)
    %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\WeatherGrind
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\WeatherGrind
    %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\WeatherGrind (only 64-bit)
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\WeatherGrind
    %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\WeatherGrind (Windows XP)
  6. Empty the Recycle Bin.
  7. Reboot your operating system.
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