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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is clicup?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that clicup is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by clicup?

You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:


How did clicup get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove clicup?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of clicup?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes clicup completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the clicup adware. �It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [clicup] C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup\chrmndr.exe
You may see these signs in a FRST log:
 (clicup) C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\clicup\chrmndr.exe
 HKCU\...\Run: [clicup] => C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\clicup\chrmndr.exe [512496 2014-12-18] (clicup)
 () C:\Users\Malwarebytes\AppData\Local\clicup
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details  
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup
       Adds the file chrmndr.exe"="12/18/2014 1:12 PM, 512496 bytes, A
       Adds the file toast.exe"="12/18/2014 1:21 PM, 1992120 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstaller.exe"="1/19/2015 6:57 PM, 74422 bytes, A
       Adds the file Update.bat"="12/9/2014 6:34 PM, 369 bytes, A

Registry details  
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "NTMwNQ=="
       "ad"="REG_SZ", "aHR0cDovL3BlcmYtbWFya2V0LWV4dC5uZXR8aHR0cDovL3R1bmVtYXJrZXQubmV0fGh0dHA6Ly9iZXN0Mm1hcmtldC5uZXR8aHR0cDovL3Byb2R1Y3QtcGVyZi5uZXQ="
       "BaseDomain"="REG_SZ", "aHR0cDovL21hcmtldC1leHQubmV0"
       "ConfigFrequency"="REG_SZ", "MTgw"
       "Configuration"="REG_SZ", "Mg=="
       "HID"="REG_SZ", "MDgtMDAtMjctM2QtN2QtZDc="
       "Host"="REG_SZ", "aHR0cDovL21hcmtldC1leHQubmV0"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "MTQyMTY5MDI2Mw=="
       "InstallWaitTime"="REG_SZ", "MA=="
       "Partner"="REG_SZ", "MjAwNDU="
       "PingFrequency"="REG_SZ", "MTgw"
       "Platform"="REG_SZ", "MQ=="
       "TestParam"="REG_SZ", "MA=="
       "TokenID"="REG_SZ", "MGQ0NWY2OWNjZDkwZjE3MDE3YjQzMjI1N2E0ZjdjZWE="
       "Type"="REG_SZ", "RA=="
       "UrlForFile"="REG_SZ", ""
       "UrlForUpdate"="REG_SZ", ""
       "UserID"="REG_SZ", "MTIwNzcxMDI0"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "NTMwNQ=="
       "VersionToUpdate"="REG_SZ", ""
       "ChromeVersion"="REG_SZ", "MzkuMC4yMTcxLjk1"
       "ComputersUp"="REG_SZ", "MA=="
       "CountryCode"="REG_SZ", "MQ=="
       "FirefoxVersion"="REG_SZ", "MjUuMCAoZW4tVVMp"
       "IEVersion"="REG_SZ", "MTEuMC45NjAwLjE3NTAx"
       "Language"="REG_SZ", "MTAzMw=="
       "MacAddress"="REG_SZ", "MDgtMDAtMjctM2QtN2QtZDc="
       "OsName"="REG_SZ", "TWljcm9zb2Z0IFdpbmRvd3MgNyBVbHRpbWF0ZSBOIA=="
       "clicup"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup\chrmndr.exe"
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup\chrmndr.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "clicup"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20141214"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Ad business Crown Solutions"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup\Uninstaller.exe"
       "ID"="REG_SZ", "17686"
       "ProductVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.0"

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 1/19/2015
Scan Time: 7:04:47 PM
Logfile: mbamClicup.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2015.01.19.10
Rootkit Database: v2015.01.14.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 289030
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 9 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.Solus, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup\chrmndr.exe, 1300, Delete-on-Reboot, [4ef88871107990a601157ee9d8282fd1]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values: 1
PUP.Optional.Solus, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|clicup, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup\chrmndr.exe, Quarantined, [4ef88871107990a601157ee9d8282fd1]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files: 3
PUP.Optional.Solus, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup\chrmndr.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [4ef88871107990a601157ee9d8282fd1], 
PUP.Optional.Salus, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\clicup_08_01.exe, Quarantined, [4df98b6e0f7abf777d30c24c9072c33d], 
PUP.Optional.Solus, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\clicup\toast.exe, Quarantined, [4600bd3c622778be62b6df27b74e4eb2], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
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