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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is SysWeatherAlert?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that SysWeatherAlert is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.
This one opens browser windows showing advertisements hailing from ads[dot]xladzop[dot]com.

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

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

warning4.png

and advertisement windows with this title:

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How did SysWeatherAlert get on my computer?

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

How do I remove SysWeatherAlert?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
Because of the amount and size of the advertismenets it may be necessary to do removal after you boot into "Safe mode with networking".
Once you are in safe mode, you can continue with the instructions below.
  • 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 SysWeatherAlert?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes SysWeatherAlert 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 SysWeatherAlert adware. It would have warned you before the adware could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 () C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert\ProcessSysWeatherAlert.exe
 () C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert.exe
 HKLM-x32\...\Run: [SysWeatherAlert] => C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert.exe [3196928 2016-04-18] ()
 HKLM-x32\...\Run: [ProcessSysWeatherAlert] => C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert\ProcessSysWeatherAlert.exe [35840 2016-04-07] ()
 C:\ProgramData\SysWeatherAlertConfig
 C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert
 C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert

SysWeatherAlert 1.0 (HKLM-x32\...\SysWeatherAlert) (Version: 1.0 - SysWeatherAlert)
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared\VC
       Adds the file msdia100.dll"="3/18/2010 10:21 PM, 799568 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert
       Adds the file Events.dat"="4/25/2016 7:57 AM, 1115 bytes, A
       Adds the file SysWeatherAlert.exe"="4/18/2016 7:33 PM, 3196928 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninst.exe"="4/25/2016 7:54 AM, 87681 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert
       Adds the file ProcessSysWeatherAlert.exe"="4/7/2016 2:00 PM, 35840 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\SysWeatherAlertConfig
       Adds the file Sample.json"="4/25/2016 7:55 AM, 34174 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SysWeatherAlert
       Adds the file SysWeatherAlert.lnk"="4/25/2016 7:54 AM, 1125 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\Installer
       Adds the file 98d34.msi"="3/19/2010 8:19 AM, 155136 bytes, A
       Adds the file SourceHash{196BB40D-1578-3D01-B289-BEFC77A11A1E}"="4/25/2016 7:54 AM, 20480 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\SysWOW64
       Adds the file atl100.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 138056 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 4342088 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100chs.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 36176 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100cht.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 36176 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100deu.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 64336 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100enu.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 55120 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100esn.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 63824 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100fra.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 64336 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100ita.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 62288 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100jpn.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 43856 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100kor.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 43344 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100rus.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 60752 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfc100u.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 4368720 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfcm100.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 80208 bytes, A
       Adds the file mfcm100u.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 80720 bytes, A
       Adds the file msvcp100.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 421200 bytes, A
       Adds the file msvcr100.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 770384 bytes, A
       Adds the file vcomp100.dll"="3/18/2010 8:15 AM, 51024 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Features\D04BB691875110D32B98EBCF771AA1E1]
       "Servicing_Key"="REG_SZ", ""
       "VC_RED_enu_x86_net_SETUP"="REG_SZ", ""
       "VCRedist_x86_enu"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\D04BB691875110D32B98EBCF771AA1E1]
       "AdvertiseFlags"="REG_DWORD", 388
       "Assignment"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "AuthorizedLUAApp"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Clients"="REG_MULTI_SZ, ": "
       "DeploymentFlags"="REG_DWORD", 3
       "InstanceType"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "Language"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "PackageCode"="REG_SZ", "C1DA530F3C54661468F52C7FDC94851B"
       "ProductName"="REG_SZ", "Microsoft Visual C++ 2010  x86 Redistributable - 10.0.30319"
       "Version"="REG_DWORD", 167802479
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MAIN\FeatureControl\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION]
       "ExploreTech.exe"="REG_DWORD", 9999
       "SysWeatherAlert.exe"="REG_DWORD", 9999
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\SysWeatherAlert\ExploreTech]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
       "ProcessSysWeatherAlert"="REG_SZ", ""C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert\ProcessSysWeatherAlert.exe""
       "SysWeatherAlert"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert.exe" monetize"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs]
       "c:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VC\msdia100.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\atl100.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100chs.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100cht.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100deu.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100enu.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100esn.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100fra.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100ita.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100jpn.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100kor.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100rus.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfc100u.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfcm100.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\mfcm100u.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\msvcp100.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\msvcr100.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "C:\Windows\system32\vcomp100.dll"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{196BB40D-1578-3D01-B289-BEFC77A11A1E}]
       "AuthorizedCDFPrefix"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Comments"="REG_SZ", "Caution. Removing this product might prevent some applications from running."
       "Contact"="REG_SZ", ""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Microsoft Visual C++ 2010  x86 Redistributable - 10.0.30319"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "10.0.30319"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 11303
       "HelpLink"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=146008"
       "HelpTelephone"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20160425"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallSource"="REG_SZ", "c:\6ad943b90541a563779872\"
       "Language"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "ModifyPath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "MsiExec.exe /X{196BB40D-1578-3D01-B289-BEFC77A11A1E}"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Microsoft Corporation"
       "Readme"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Size"="REG_SZ", ""
       "UninstallString"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "MsiExec.exe /X{196BB40D-1578-3D01-B289-BEFC77A11A1E}"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", ""
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Version"="REG_DWORD", 167802479
       "VersionMajor"="REG_DWORD", 10
       "VersionMinor"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "WindowsInstaller"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SysWeatherAlert]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "SysWeatherAlert 1.0"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "SysWeatherAlert"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\uninst.exe"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "www.SysWeatherAlert.com"
Note: the installer also introduces "Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable - 10.0.30319" which can be removed if you will not be using it yourself.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 4/25/2016
Scan Time: 8:05 AM
Logfile: mbamSysWeatherAlert.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.2.1.1043
Malware Database: v2016.04.25.01
Rootkit Database: v2016.04.17.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Enabled
Self-protection: Enabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 364677
Time Elapsed: 9 min, 24 sec

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

Processes: 2
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert\ProcessSysWeatherAlert.exe, 3372, Delete-on-Reboot, [b64fcee5e3b695a1143d9f9c1fe68878]
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert.exe, 2152, Delete-on-Reboot, [0df8b7fc435679bdf88024a09072e41c]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 2
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\SysWeatherAlert, Quarantined, [d43102b1099055e1f0876fca93709769], 
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\SysWeatherAlert, Quarantined, [48bd0aa9722783b3afcaa891b54e7d83], 

Registry Values: 3
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|ProcessSysWeatherAlert, "C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert\ProcessSysWeatherAlert.exe", Quarantined, [b64fcee5e3b695a1143d9f9c1fe68878]
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|SysWeatherAlert, "C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert.exe" monetize, Quarantined, [0df8b7fc435679bdf88024a09072e41c]
PUP.Optional.ExploreTech, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\MAIN\FEATURECONTROL\FEATURE_BROWSER_EMULATION|ExploreTech.exe, 9999, Quarantined, [60a54b6826733303311f310fb350e818]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 3
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert, Delete-on-Reboot, [d43102b1099055e1f0876fca93709769], 
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SysWeatherAlert, Quarantined, [867f951e742539fdf385ae8b24dfd12f], 
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert, Delete-on-Reboot, [d035258ea0f966d01b4b4cede320fb05], 

Files: 6
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\ProgramData\ProcessSysWeatherAlert\ProcessSysWeatherAlert.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [b64fcee5e3b695a1143d9f9c1fe68878], 
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [0df8b7fc435679bdf88024a09072e41c], 
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\SysWeatherAlert.exe, Quarantined, [05001d96cbcef244fe7a764e7191c838], 
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\uninst.exe, Quarantined, [d43102b1099055e1f0876fca93709769], 
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\Program Files (x86)\SysWeatherAlert\Events.dat, Quarantined, [d43102b1099055e1f0876fca93709769], 
PUP.Optional.SysWeatherAlert, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SysWeatherAlert\SysWeatherAlert.lnk, Quarantined, [867f951e742539fdf385ae8b24dfd12f], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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