Claria.WeatherScope Removal Information

WeatherScope isn’t a spyware program, but spyware is bundled with it.  It is designed to be an onboard weather center.  WeatherScope’s developer is Claria, supported by GAIN, formerly called Gator.  Claria was an acknowledged spyware developer.  Claria is closed due to several class action lawsuits for spyware violations.  The spyware still exists and is a threat.

The EULA from Claria explicitly says that when you download WeatherScope, you agree to accept ads based on your browsing habits.  You can only see Claria’s EULA if you specifically ask them to show it.  The EULA also says that uninstalling the WeatherScope program by using a spyware removal program is a violation of the EULA, and doing so will make the application useless.  It goes on to say that the only allowable way of removing WeatherScope is by using the Add/Remove Programs program in Windows.  They also claim that by getting the paid version, you don’t get the ads.  The spyware is still present in the paid version.

The Add/Remove Programs software will uninstall the WeatherScope application, but it won’t uninstall the spyware downloaded in the bundle.  You will still get pop-up ads well after you uninstall WeatherScope.  You should first uninstall WeatherScope with Add/Remove Programs, then remove the spyware with ZookaWare PC Cleaner.

Associated Files:
%program_files%\weatherscope\wsuninstaller.exe, %program_files%\weatherscope\wsuninstaller.exe.manifest, %programs%\weatherscope\weatherscope website.lnk, %programs%\weatherscope\weatherscope.lnk, %startup%\weatherscope.lnk, weatherscopesetup.extractme.exe, wsuninstaller.exe, wsuninstaller.exe.manifest, %program_files%\weatherscope\weatherscope.exe, %profile%\localsettings\temp\weatherscopesetup.exe, %program_files%\weatherscope\install.log, %program_files%\weatherscope\weatherscope, website.url, 1183-9.grp2, aboutgainpublishing.lnk, catdb, cmediagnostics.log, edb.chk, edb.log, gator.log, gatorpdpsetup.log, gatorplugin.log, gops.bac, greg.reg, gstartup.lnk, install.log, layout.ini, mepbs.dat, mepcat.dat, mepcme.dat, mepcmeft.dat, mepconv.dat, meperr.dat, mepgh.dat, mepimg.dat, mepoem.dat, meprca.dat, mepsi.dat, mepsnd-gs.dat, mepsnd-gs.dat.bak, meptafi.dat, setupapi.log, trickler4010_bic_gatorws_4010-1f61069b.pf, user1.gud, weatherscopewebsite.lnk, weatherscopewebsite.url, weatherscope.exe, weatherscope.lnk, weatherscope.txt, weatherscopesetup.exe, weatherscopesetup.exe-2c18f6ad.pf, %windows%\downloadedprogramfiles\iegator4127.dll, %windows%\downloadedprogramfiles\iegator4127.dll, %program_files%\weatherscope\weatherscope.exe, %program_files%\weatherscope\wsuninstaller.exe, %profile%\localsettings\temp\weatherscopesetup.exe, weatherscopesetup.extractme.exe

Registry Values:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\appid\hungryhands.dll
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\appid\{03f8822f-8877-4002-8bcd-b532d53d8471}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{bcf96fb4-5f1b-497b-aecc-910304a55011}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\hungryhands.hungrybho
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\hungryhands.hungrybho.1
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\interface\{f8fb4ea2-6c05-4de5-8cd0-625b03f48e22}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\typelib\{03f8822f-8877-4002-8bcd-b532d53d8471}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\clsid\{bcf96fb4-5f1b-497b-aecc-910304a55011}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\interface\{f8fb4ea2-6c05-4de5-8cd0-625b03f48e22}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\typelib\{03f8822f-8877-4002-8bcd-b532d53d8471}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\moduleusage\[%WINDOWS%]\downloaded program files\iegator4128.dll
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\weatherscope
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\appid\hungryhands.dll, appid={03F8822F-8877-4002-8BCD-B532D53D8471}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\app management\arpcache\weatherscope, changed=
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\app management\arpcache\weatherscope, slowinfocache=

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