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10 October 2014
Desktop Weather Alerts
Risk Impact:
Systems Affected:


Adware.WeatherAlerts is an adware program that displays popup ads through the Web browser.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 31 March 2018 revision 025
  • Initial Daily Certified version 30 September 2014 revision 018
  • Latest Daily Certified version 01 April 2018 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 15 October 2014
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
Once executed, the program will display an end user license agreement. If the user agrees, then the program will be installed on the computer.

When the program is installed, it creates the following files:
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Local_Weather_LLC\WeatherAlerts.exe_Url_psltirhb5t3rm
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\DesktopWeatherAlertsApp.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\DesktopWeatherAlertsApp.exe.config
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\DesktopWeatherAlertsApp0.dat
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\DesktopWeatherAlertsBrowser.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\DesktopWeatherAlertsBrowser.exe.config
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\DesktopWeatherAlertsuninstall.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\mod.DesktopWeatherAlertsApp0.dat
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\uninstall.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\WAUpdater.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\WAUpdater.exe.config
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\WeatherAlerts.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\WeatherAlerts.exe.config
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\0HAZ4TMZ\DesktopWeatherAlertsSetup.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\C5YRWH63\weatheralerts[2].exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\DesktopWeatherAlerts.lnk
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Weather Alerts.lnk
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Weather Alerts\Weather Alerts.lnk

Next, the program creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DesktopWeatherAlerts\"DisplayName" = "DesktopWeatherAlerts"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DesktopWeatherAlerts\"DisplayVersion" = ""
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DesktopWeatherAlerts\"Publisher" = "Local Weather LLC"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DesktopWeatherAlerts\"DisplayIcon" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\DesktopWeatherAlertsuninstall.exe"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DesktopWeatherAlerts\"UninstallString" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts\DesktopWeatherAlertsuninstall.exe"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DesktopWeatherAlerts\"NoModify" = "1"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\DesktopWeatherAlerts\"NoRepair" = "1"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\WeatherAlerts\Components\"Main" = "31000000"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\WeatherAlerts\WeatherAlertsApp\"Installed" = "1"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER \software\WeatherAlerts\"Path" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\WeatherAlerts"

The program then retrieves data from the following remote locations:
  • [http://][REMOVED]
  • [http://][REMOVED]

The program then displays weather information on the desktop.

The program also displays an advertisement when the Web browser is open. The ad appears in a popup window and promotes a third-party app.
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Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.

If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .

How to reduce the risk of infection
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Identifying and submitting suspect files
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Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .

How to reduce the risk of infection
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Protecting your business network

The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.

1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product

2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.