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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Chart Choosing?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Chart Choosing 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 affected by Chart Choosing?

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

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and this warning during install:

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and these browser add-ons:

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How did Chart Choosing get on my computer?

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

How do I remove Chart Choosing?

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 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 Chart Choosing?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Chart Choosing 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 Chart Choosing hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:

O2 - BHO: Chart Choosing 1.0.0.7 - {fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce} - C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosingbho.dll
Possible signs in FRST logs:

 BHO-x32: Chart Choosing 1.0.0.7 -> {fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce} -> C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosingbho.dll [2015-07-30] (Chart Choosing)
 FF Extension: Chart Choosing 1.0.1 - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\hpq2vqto.default\Extensions\{37032114-8ad1-4ced-b21d-d5ac926f9db5}.xpi [2015-07-31]
 C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing

Chart Choosing (HKLM\...\Chart Choosing) (Version: 2015.05.09.162338 - Chart Choosing) <==== ATTENTION
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing
       Adds the file {37032114-8ad1-4ced-b21d-d5ac926f9db5}.xpi"="7/31/2015 12:27 AM, 6020 bytes, A
       Adds the file ChartChoosing.ico"="5/9/2015 6:24 PM, 1150 bytes, A
       Adds the file ChartChoosingbho.dll"="7/30/2015 6:55 PM, 269560 bytes, A
       Adds the file ChartChoosingUninstall.exe"="5/9/2015 6:24 PM, 247904 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", "329B05DF-0E2D-4BC2-B055-AAD40DBAB984"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "344"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IChartChoosing"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{F71DE155-68D7-4A6C-9451-AD6AB984B059}"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{F71DE155-68D7-4A6C-9451-AD6AB984B059}\1.0]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ChartChoosingIEClientLib"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{F71DE155-68D7-4A6C-9451-AD6AB984B059}\1.0\0\win32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosingbho.dll"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{F71DE155-68D7-4A6C-9451-AD6AB984B059}\1.0\FLAGS]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{F71DE155-68D7-4A6C-9451-AD6AB984B059}\1.0\HELPDIR]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "329B05DF-0E2D-4BC2-B055-AAD40DBAB984"
       "id"="REG_SZ", "344"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Chart Choosing 1.0.0.7"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce}\InprocServer32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosingbho.dll"
       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce}\Programmable]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{f71de155-68d7-4a6c-9451-ad6ab984b059}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce}\Version]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IChartChoosing"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{F71DE155-68D7-4A6C-9451-AD6AB984B059}"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Chart Choosing]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosing.ico"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Chart Choosing"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2015.05.09.162338"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 270
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "mailto:[email protected]"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing"
       "InstallTime"="REG_SZ", "2015-07-31 10:03:55"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Chart Choosing"
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosinguninstall.exe /S"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosinguninstall.exe"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://chartchoosing.com/support"
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", "http://chartchoosing.com"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Chart Choosing]
       "iid"="REG_SZ", "def_ChartChoosing"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Chart Choosing\Chrome]
       "sgc"="REG_SZ", "true"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Chart Choosing\Firefox]
       "sff"="REG_SZ", "false"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Chart Choosing\Internet Explorer]
       "sie"="REG_SZ", "false"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Chart Choosing 1.0.0.7"
       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Chart Choosing]
       "id"="REG_SZ", "2015-07-31 10:03:55"
       "iid"="REG_SZ", "def_ChartChoosing"
       "is"="REG_SZ", "def_ChartChoosing"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Chart Choosing\Chrome]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "60351955-666E-4792-91E7-069CB53FF16C"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Chart Choosing\Firefox]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "576E8DA6-5FB4-4E60-A8BA-FFEE67A27BCC"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Chart Choosing\Internet Explorer]
       "ug"="REG_SZ", "6FC395E3-33BE-4E9D-B7D4-B105E9A89D1E"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 7/31/2015
Scan Time: 10:11 AM
Logfile: mbamChartChoosing.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.1.8.1057
Malware Database: v2015.07.31.02
Rootkit Database: v2015.07.30.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 8.1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 344708
Time Elapsed: 29 min, 30 sec

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

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 20
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [410d697faae038fe04713591ea18fd03], 
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [410d697faae038fe04713591ea18fd03], 
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{4AA46D49-459F-4358-B4D1-169048547C23}, Quarantined, [410d697faae038fe04713591ea18fd03], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{fb33d09a-88f6-4a6b-aa2b-716d422629ce}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{f71de155-68d7-4a6c-9451-ad6ab984b059}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\INTERFACE\{B71230FF-065A-4B3F-87B2-C3245A8A5F48}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{f71de155-68d7-4a6c-9451-ad6ab984b059}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\TYPELIB\{f71de155-68d7-4a6c-9451-ad6ab984b059}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{FB33D09A-88F6-4A6B-AA2B-716D422629CE}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{FB33D09A-88F6-4A6B-AA2B-716D422629CE}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{FB33D09A-88F6-4A6B-AA2B-716D422629CE}, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Chart Choosing, Quarantined, [193543a5632780b66056ec899a6b4eb2], 
PUP.Optional.AmiUpdater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\amiupdaterExd, Delete-on-Reboot, [e965727601897abcd86d000dc1427b85], 
PUP.Optional.AmiUpdater.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\amiupdaterExi, Delete-on-Reboot, [0b4312d6e6a442f4fe47fa13aa5943bd], 
PUP.Optional.EpsanDrive.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\CHGBKNYJ1, Delete-on-Reboot, [4608db0dddad78be7b6122eb45bea35d], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\Chart Choosing, Quarantined, [e66890580684c274657c276d699ba957], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\Chart Choosing, Quarantined, [51fd18d0e3a79b9b6a765242fe0634cc], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing, Quarantined, [2d21f6f20981ce6887e10bfc47bc7c84], 

Files: 8
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosingbho.dll, Quarantined, [87c77771d2b869cd75fead1d57ab847c], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\installer.exe, Quarantined, [c688cd1b652575c1b1055b1aa95c7e82], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosingUninstall.exe, Quarantined, [193543a5632780b66056ec899a6b4eb2], 
PUP.Optional.MediaPlayer.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\107.exe, Quarantined, [f05e90583951b581cd598bea897c946c], 
PUP.Optional.BrowseFox, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\nsrBD58.tmp\NSISEncrypt.dll, Quarantined, [ee6046a252384beb89811394768b6a96], 
PUP.Optional.MediaPlayer.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\nsuCA77.tmp\Fwnfexju.exe, Quarantined, [78d64a9e6129f93d0f179ed7f90c32ce], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\ChartChoosing.ico, Quarantined, [2d21f6f20981ce6887e10bfc47bc7c84], 
PUP.Optional.ChartChoosing.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\Chart Choosing\{37032114-8ad1-4ced-b21d-d5ac926f9db5}.xpi, Quarantined, [2d21f6f20981ce6887e10bfc47bc7c84], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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