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Adware.WeatherScope

Adware.WeatherScope

Updated:
February 13, 2007
Version:
3.0.3.0
Publisher:
GAIN Publishing
Risk Impact:
Low
File Names:
WeatherscopeSetup.exe WeatherScope.exe
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


Adware.WeatherScope is an application that may facilitate the installation of the the Adware.GAIN security risk.

Symptoms


Your Symantec program detects Adware.WeatherScope

Behavior


Adware.WeatherScope must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Initial Daily Certified version August 22, 2005
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date August 23, 2005
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

When Adware.WeatherScope is installed, it performs the following actions:
  1. Creates the following files:

    • %UserProfile%Weatherscope.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\Weatherscope Website.lnk
    • %UserProfile%Weatherscope.lnk
    • %ProgramFiles%\Weatherscope\INSTALL.LOG
    • %ProgramFiles%\Weatherscope\Weatherscope Website.URL
    • %ProgramFiles%\Weatherscope\Weatherscope.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\Weatherscope\WSUninstaller.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\Weatherscope\WSUninstaller.exe.manifest

      Note:
    • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the Program Files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
    • %UserProfile% is a variable that refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\[CURRENT USER] (Windows NT/2000/XP).

  2. Creates the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_ALL_USERS\S-1-5-21-1415869239-1947010192-1495485314-500
    \Software\Gator.com\Weatherscope
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Gator.com\AppInfo\Weatherscope
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Gator.com\Weatherscope
    HKEY_ALL_USERS\Software\Gator.com\Weatherscope
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Weatherscope

  3. May facilitate the installation of Adware.GAIN.



The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support Security Risk detection.
  1. Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP).
  2. Uninstall the Adware using the Add/Remove Programs utility.
  3. Update the virus definitions.
  4. Run a full system scan and delete all the files detected.
  5. Delete any values added to the registry.

1. To disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP)
If you are running Windows Me or Windows XP, we recommend that you temporarily turn off System Restore. Windows Me/XP uses this feature, which is enabled by default, to restore the files on your computer in case they become damaged. If a virus, worm, or Trojan infects a computer, System Restore may back up the virus, worm, or Trojan on the computer.

Windows prevents outside programs, including antivirus programs, from modifying System Restore. Therefore, antivirus programs or tools cannot remove threats in the System Restore folder. As a result, System Restore has the potential of restoring an infected file on your computer, even after you have cleaned the infected files from all the other locations.

Also, a virus scan may detect a threat in the System Restore folder even though you have removed the threat.

For instructions on how to turn off System Restore, read your Windows documentation, or one of the following articles:
Note:
When you are completely finished with the removal procedure and are satisfied that the threat has been removed, reenable System Restore by following the instructions in the aforementioned documents.

For additional information, and an alternative to disabling Windows Me System Restore, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article: Antivirus Tools Cannot Clean Infected Files in the _Restore Folder (Article ID: Q263455).

2. To uninstall the Adware
  1. Do one of the following:

    • On the Windows 98 taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.

    • On the Windows Me taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
        If you do not see the Add/Remove Programs icon, click "...view all Control Panel options."

    • On the Windows 2000 taskbar:
      By default, Windows 2000 is set up the same as Windows 98, so follow the instructions for Windows 98. If otherwise, click Start, point to Settings > Control Panel, and then click Add/Remove Programs.

    • On the Windows XP taskbar:
      1. Click Start > Control Panel.
      2. In the Control Panel window, double-click Add or Remove Programs.

  2. Click Weatherscope


    Note:
    You may need to use the scroll bar to view the whole list.

  3. Click Add/Remove, Change/Remove, or Remove (this varies with the operating system). Follow the prompts.


3. To update the virus definitions
Symantec Security Response fully tests all the virus definitions for quality assurance before they are posted to our servers. There are two ways to obtain the most recent virus definitions:
  • Running LiveUpdate, which is the easiest way to obtain virus definitions: These virus definitions are posted to the LiveUpdate servers once each week (usually on Wednesdays), unless there is a major virus outbreak. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by LiveUpdate, refer to Virus Definitions (LiveUpdate).
  • Downloading the definitions using the Intelligent Updater: The Intelligent Updater virus definitions are posted daily. You should download the definitions from the Symantec Security Response Web site and manually install them. To determine whether definitions for this threat are available by the Intelligent Updater, refer to Virus Definitions (Intelligent Updater).

    The latest Intelligent Updater virus definitions can be obtained here: Intelligent Updater virus definitions. For detailed instructions read the document: How to update virus definition files using the Intelligent Updater.

4. To scan for and delete the infected files
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program and make sure that it is configured to scan all the files.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. If any files are detected, click Delete.
  4. Click Start > Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer
  5. Navigate to and delete the following files:

    • %UserProfile%Weatherscope.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\Weatherscope Website.lnk
    • %UserProfile%Weatherscope.lnk
    • %ProgramFiles%\Weatherscope\INSTALL.LOG
    • %ProgramFiles%\Weatherscope\Weatherscope Website.URL

  6. Exit Windows Explorer.

Important: If you are unable to start your Symantec antivirus product or the product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, you may need to stop the risk from running in order to remove it. To do this, run the scan in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, How to start the computer in Safe Mode . Once you have restarted in Safe mode, run the scan again.

After the files are deleted, restart the computer in Normal mode and proceed with the next section.

Warning messages may be displayed when the computer is restarted, since the threat may not be fully removed at this point. You can ignore these messages and click OK. These messages will not appear when the computer is restarted after the removal instructions have been fully completed. The messages displayed may be similar to the following:

Title: [FILE PATH]
Message body: Windows cannot find [FILE NAME]. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

5. To delete the value from the registry
Important: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified subkeys only. For instructions refer to the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry.
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit
  3. Click OK.

    Note: If the registry editor fails to open the threat may have modified the registry to prevent access to the registry editor. Security Response has developed a tool to resolve this problem. Download and run this tool, and then continue with the removal.

  4. Navigate to and delete the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_ALL_USERS\S-1-5-21-1415869239-1947010192-1495485314-500
    \Software\Gator.com\Weatherscope
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Gator.com\AppInfo\Weatherscope
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Gator.com\Weatherscope
    HKEY_ALL_USERS\Software\Gator.com\Weatherscope
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Weatherscope

  5. Exit the Registry Editor