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What is GlobalWeather?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that GlobalWeather is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by GlobalWeather?

You may see this entry in your list of installed programs and features:


and this warning during install:


How did GlobalWeather get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove GlobalWeather?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of GlobalWeather?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes GlobalWeather completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this adware.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the GlobalWeather adware. It would have warned you before the adware could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.



Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 () C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherServ.exe
 R2 WeatherService; C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherServ.exe [147656 2017-03-02] ()
 C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather

GlobalWeather (HKLM\...\{F772C08D-9F61-45c6-0407-ADDEEE0D92C6}) (Version: - ShenZhen xingzhidao co,.Ltd)
() C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherUpdate.dll 
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\
       Adds the file Report.exe"="3/2/2017 3:05 AM, 327368 bytes, A
       Adds the file weatherHelper.exe"="3/2/2017 3:05 AM, 753352 bytes, A
       Adds the file weatherServ.exe"="3/2/2017 3:05 AM, 147656 bytes, A
       Adds the file weatherUpdate.dll"="3/2/2017 3:05 AM, 575176 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\UpdateData
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\GlobalWeather\dump
    Adds the folder C:\Users\Public\Documents\Tools\Common\I18N
       Adds the file conf.db"="4/13/2017 9:04 AM, 367 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Windows\SysWOW64\config\systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\GlobalWeather\dump

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "FrID"="REG_SZ", "MVgA5hV0HA=="
       "INSTALL_FIRST_TIME"="REG_SZ", "2017-04-13_09:04:37"
       "PartnerID"="REG_SZ", "base"
       "UserID"="REG_SZ", "6f3bb58c3fd9e2aaf610e56356f706c9"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", ""
       "INSTALL_PATH"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\"
       "version"="REG_SZ", ""
       "QuitSession"="REG_SZ", "{E96345A3-90EE-4A6C-AFCC-90E2A9B792D8}-1"
       "DisplayFullVersion"="REG_SZ", ""
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherServ.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "GlobalWeather"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "ShenZhen xingzhidao co,.Ltd"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherHelper.exe -Uninstall English"
       "{F772C08D-9F61-45c6-0407-ADDEEE0D92C6}"="REG_SZ", "{F772C08D-9F61-45c6-0407-ADDEEE0D92C6}"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Weather Service"
       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherServ.exe"
       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"
       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2
       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16
       "WOW64"="REG_DWORD", 1

Malwarebytes log:

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/13/17
Scan Time: 9:20 AM
Logfile: mbamGlobalWeather.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.96
Update Package Version: 1.0.1718
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 326654
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 44 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

-Scan Details-
Process: 1
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\GLOBALWEATHER\\WEATHERSERV.EXE, Quarantined, [9026], [389381],1.0.1718

Module: 2
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\GLOBALWEATHER\\WEATHERSERV.EXE, Quarantined, [9026], [389381],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherUpdate.dll, Quarantined, [9026], [389402],1.0.1718

Registry Key: 4
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\WeatherService, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389381],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WEATHERUPDATETOOLS, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389398],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{F772C08D-9F61-45c6-0407-ADDEEE0D92C6}, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389402],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, HKLM\SOFTWARE\GLOBALWEATHER, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389399],1.0.1718

Registry Value: 3
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\WEATHERSERVICE|IMAGEPATH, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389403],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WEATHERUPDATETOOLS|{F772C08D-9F61-45C6-0407-ADDEEE0D92C6}, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389398],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, HKLM\SOFTWARE\GLOBALWEATHER|PARTNERID, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389399],1.0.1718

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\UpdateData, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389402],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389402],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\GLOBALWEATHER, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389402],1.0.1718

File: 6
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\GLOBALWEATHER\\WEATHERSERV.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389381],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\GLOBALWEATHER.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389382],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\WEATHERHELPER.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389380],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\GLOBALWEATHER\\Report.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389402],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherHelper.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389402],1.0.1718
PUP.Optional.GlobalWeather, C:\Program Files (x86)\GlobalWeather\\weatherUpdate.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [9026], [389402],1.0.1718

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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