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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Application Nation?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Application Nation is a browser hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This one also displays advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is effected by Application Nation?

This is how the first screen of the installer looks:

main.png

And you may see these browser extensions/add-ons:

warning1.png

warning2.png

or this entry in your list of installed programs:

warning4.png

How did Application Nation get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove Application Nation?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted application.
  • 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 all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Application Nation?
  • No, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removes Application Nation 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 Application Nation hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

protection1.png


Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:
O2 - BHO: Application Nation 1.0.0.7 - {0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNationbho.dll
Possible signs in FRST logs:
 BHO-x32: Application Nation 1.0.0.7 -> {0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e} -> C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNationbho.dll [2015-07-27] (Application Nation)
 FF Extension: Application Nation 1.0.1 - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6gehedt6.default\Extensions\{a7517c20-8aef-498e-a3fe-1b67da18335f}.xpi [2015-07-27]
 C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation

Application Nation (HKLM\...\Application Nation) (Version: 2015.06.12.212832 - Application Nation) <==== ATTENTION
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation
       Adds the file {a7517c20-8aef-498e-a3fe-1b67da18335f}.xpi"="7/27/2015 2:45 PM, 10645 bytes, A
       Adds the file ApplicationNation.ico"="6/12/2015 11:29 PM, 1150 bytes, A
       Adds the file ApplicationNationbho.dll"="7/27/2015 2:45 PM, 269544 bytes, A
       Adds the file ApplicationNationUninstall.exe"="6/12/2015 11:29 PM, 248080 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6gehedt6.default\extensions
       Adds the file {a7517c20-8aef-498e-a3fe-1b67da18335f}.xpi"="7/27/2015 2:45 PM, 10645 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "E2B06B57-DD82-4577-B56C-5C92E611DCE4"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "375"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IApplicationNation"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{6A824F0E-17E3-480F-8CF2-96F5FE1A9A08}"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{6A824F0E-17E3-480F-8CF2-96F5FE1A9A08}\1.0]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ApplicationNationIEClientLib"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{6A824F0E-17E3-480F-8CF2-96F5FE1A9A08}\1.0\0\win32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNationbho.dll"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{6A824F0E-17E3-480F-8CF2-96F5FE1A9A08}\1.0\FLAGS]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{6A824F0E-17E3-480F-8CF2-96F5FE1A9A08}\1.0\HELPDIR]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Application Nation 1.0.0.7"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e}\InprocServer32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNationbho.dll"
       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e}\Programmable]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{6a824f0e-17e3-480f-8cf2-96f5fe1a9a08}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e}\Version]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{1AA60054-57D9-4F99-9A55-D0FBFBE7ECD3}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "88ECF63D-DB71-4683-BB90-E01069D169AB"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "E2B06B57-DD82-4577-B56C-5C92E611DCE4"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "375"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IApplicationNation"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{6A824F0E-17E3-480F-8CF2-96F5FE1A9A08}"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Application Nation]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNation.ico"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Application Nation"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2015.06.12.212832"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 274
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "mailto:[email protected]"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation"
       "InstallTime"="REG_SZ", "2015-07-27 14:44:45"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Application Nation"
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNationuninstall.exe /S"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNationuninstall.exe"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://applicationnationwide.com/support"
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", "http://applicationnationwide.com"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Application Nation]
       "iid"="REG_SZ", "def_ApplicationNation"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Application Nation\Chrome]
       "sgc"="REG_SZ", "true"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Application Nation\Firefox]
       "sff"="REG_SZ", "false"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Application Nation\Internet Explorer]
       "sie"="REG_SZ", "false"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Application Nation 1.0.0.7"
       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Application Nation]
       "id"="REG_SZ", "2015-07-27 14:44:45"
       "iid"="REG_SZ", "def_ApplicationNation"
       "is"="REG_SZ", "def_ApplicationNation"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Application Nation\Chrome]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "33C0999F-5573-4556-8ED5-D3539F4812F1"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Application Nation\Firefox]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "2C5963C2-8F19-4B40-8BE9-22BAE026CD61"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Application Nation\Internet Explorer]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "EE707659-1CC7-45B3-AE80-02780EB00810"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 324201
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 34 sec

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

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 16
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [02bd479f0288ee4819d3279cdf23b64a], 
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [02bd479f0288ee4819d3279cdf23b64a], 
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [02bd479f0288ee4819d3279cdf23b64a], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{0cd1caf7-a6fd-4c97-8f2f-8b5c3e2cf11e}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{6a824f0e-17e3-480f-8cf2-96f5fe1a9a08}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\INTERFACE\{85E88EBB-153F-4B68-96C2-66363FC6D779}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{6a824f0e-17e3-480f-8cf2-96f5fe1a9a08}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\TYPELIB\{6a824f0e-17e3-480f-8cf2-96f5fe1a9a08}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{0CD1CAF7-A6FD-4C97-8F2F-8B5C3E2CF11E}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{0CD1CAF7-A6FD-4C97-8F2F-8B5C3E2CF11E}, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Application Nation, Quarantined, [c2fde204d7b396a0d0cb1c54788d0af6], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\Application Nation, Quarantined, [c5fa9155eb9f1224cc63efac729259a7], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\Application Nation, Quarantined, [b10e2cba622839fd0628336844c0a65a], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation, Quarantined, [caf532b48a0082b464070008aa59fa06], 

Files: 5
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNationbho.dll, Quarantined, [d4ebb2340981290dac26cefa3fc331cf], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\installer.exe, Quarantined, [a11ef6f0d6b460d6cccf2f4137ce6f91], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNationUninstall.exe, Quarantined, [c2fde204d7b396a0d0cb1c54788d0af6], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\ApplicationNation.ico, Quarantined, [caf532b48a0082b464070008aa59fa06], 
PUP.Optional.ApplicationNation.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Nation\{a7517c20-8aef-498e-a3fe-1b67da18335f}.xpi, Quarantined, [caf532b48a0082b464070008aa59fa06], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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