Is Weatherbug Spyware?
Many people use Weatherbug, and it s even been recommended on the news on at least one local TV station. This is unfortunate. Unless you want lots of pop-ups, you should uninstall Weatherbug. You can get basically the same functionality without the pop-ups by downloading the spy-ware-free Weather Pulse from http://tropicdesigns.net/weatherpulse.php.
How to remove Weatherbug
Because so many people use and enjoy Weatherbug, unaware it's causing problems, most of the major spyware-removal programs do not touch Weatherbug. So you'll have to remove it manually.
In order to avoid future problems with Weatherbug, make sure the program is not running before uninstalling it. If there is a WeatherBug icon in the system tray (in the lower right hand corner of the screen by the clock) you'll need to right-click on it and choose "Exit WeatherBug" or "Terminate Weatherbug". Once the program is closed, you can remove it easily from the Add/Remove Programs section of the Control Panel by following these steps:
- Click START (in the lower-left corner of your computer screen)
- Open CONTROL PANEL, or select SETTINGS, then open CONTROL PANEL
- Double click ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS
- Select "WeatherBug" from the list of applications
- Click the REMOVE or ADD/REMOVE button and follow the instructions
If you receive a warning stating that the system could not delete a file, please click on WeatherBug and then ADD/REMOVE again.
There are probably other bad programs that came along with your Weatherbug that you will also have to delete, for example Viewpoint Media Player and My Search or MyWay (or anything starting with My). If you see these in the Add/Remove Programs list, remove them also. For more help on this, click here. Be careful not to remove any good programs that you want to keep.
Disclaimer: Weatherbug has contacted Visionary multiple times demanding that this article be removed. Weatherbug claims that the new version of their product released 8 months ago does not serve pop-ups, as long as you specifically select the custom install options and choose to not install the spyware. So, that is their position, and certainly everyone is entitled to their opinion. Hopefully now that I've presented their position, they will be satisfied and stop constantly calling us. I personally find Weatherbug's harrassment ridiculous, and it just reinforces my convictions regarding this company's ethics. Customers should feel free to draw their own conclusions and keep Weatherbug if they agree with Weatherbug's assertions.
This article is simply my own personal opinion and technical knowledge, and I, John Wiltbank, take full resposibility for it. Visionary is not responsible for the views and information contained in this article.