Rain Tab

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 5,387
Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 1,228
First Seen: March 6, 2022
Last Seen: September 14, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Rain Tab, as its name might suggest, is a browser extension that offers users a way to get local weather updates right in their browsers, conveniently. The application does so by modifying the current homepage and new tab settings. In addition to the weather details, the Rain Tab also will introduce easy-to-use links to several popular and often visited websites. However, this functionality is commonly associated with the activities of intrusive browser-hijackers, and some users can be led to believe that the Rain Tab also falls in this category of annoying applications. Analysis of Rain Tab has revealed that it does not possess any harmful functions and must be installed by users manually.

On the other hand, full-fledged browser hijackers and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) are heavily reliant on underhanded distribution tactics that hide their installation from the user's attention. Furthermore, these applications will most likely cause numerous unwanted redirects to dubious pages such as websites running online tactics, fake giveaways, phishing schemes, etc. Browser hijackers also are commonly used in the promotion of fake search engines. Users also must be aware that almost all PUPs are equipped with some degree of data tracking. While present on the system, these applications could be siphoning out the browsing history, search history, device details (IP address, geolocation, device type, etc.), and even sensitive banking and payment information extracted from the affected web browsers. All collected data could then be packaged and transmitted to a remote server.


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