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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is WeatherChickn?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that WeatherChickn 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 WeatherChickn?

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

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and these changes in your hosts file:

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How did WeatherChickn get on my computer?

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

How do I remove WeatherChickn?

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 WeatherChickn?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes WeatherChickn 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 WeatherChickn 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:
 Hosts: There are more than one entry in Hosts. See Hosts section of Addition.txt
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\WeatherChickn
 C:\Program Files (x86)\375D1DF7-1462361057-8E49-8BD4-E310261BD110

WeatherChickn (HKLM-x32\...\WeatherChickn) (Version:  - WeatherChickn)
127.0.0.1       down.baidu2016.com
127.0.0.1       123.sogou.com
127.0.0.1       www.czzsyzgm.com
127.0.0.1       www.czzsyzxl.com
127.0.0.1       union.baidu2019.com
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\375D1DF7-1462361057-8E49-8BD4-E310261BD110
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="5/4/2016 1:24 PM, 92583 bytes, A
       Adds the file vnsr5EF4.tmp"="5/3/2016 3:36 PM, 1022234 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\WeatherChickn
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="5/4/2016 1:24 PM, 92583 bytes, A
       Adds the file WeatherChickn.exe"="5/3/2016 3:36 PM, 1022234 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
       Alters the file hosts

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WeatherChickn]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\WeatherChickn\Uninstall.exe""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "WeatherChickn"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "WeatherChickn"
       "Source"="REG_SZ", "53463750"
       "Stats"="REG_SZ", "-2"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\WeatherChickn\Uninstall.exe""
       "ver_build"="REG_SZ", "1462285327"
       "ver_inst"="REG_SZ", "1462361057"

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

Scan Date: 5/4/2016
Scan Time: 3:03 PM
Logfile: mbamWeatherChicken.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.2.1.1043
Malware Database: v2016.05.04.04
Rootkit Database: v2016.04.17.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Enabled
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: 365606
Time Elapsed: 10 min, 23 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: 2
Adware.ConvertAd, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\WeatherChickn, Quarantined, [ffe508c95e3bb77fa19870a0cd3534cc], 
PUP.Optional.WeatherChicken, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\WeatherChickn, Quarantined, [09dbaf22623786b0cffeaf0e5aaacc34], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 2
PUP.Optional.ConvertAd.Gen, C:\Program Files (x86)\375D1DF7-1462361057-8E49-8BD4-E310261BD110, Quarantined, [da0af0e17f1ab4827d4f8728bb4911ef], 
PUP.Optional.WeatherChicken, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\WeatherChickn, Quarantined, [09dbaf22623786b0cffeaf0e5aaacc34], 

Files: 7
Adware.ConvertAd, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\WeatherChickn\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [ffe508c95e3bb77fa19870a0cd3534cc], 
Adware.ConvertAd, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\nsc5.exe, Quarantined, [964e2ea330692a0cc97031df9072cf31], 
Adware.ConvertAd, C:\Program Files (x86)\375D1DF7-1462361057-8E49-8BD4-E310261BD110\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [2eb6dcf5d8c1b48255e4d23e1de50bf5], 
Adware.ConvertAd, C:\Program Files (x86)\375D1DF7-1462361057-8E49-8BD4-E310261BD110\vnsr5EF4.tmp, Quarantined, [6f7511c0a6f383b3ea4f20f0dc261ae6], 
PUP.Optional.ConvertAd.Gen, C:\Program Files (x86)\375D1DF7-1462361057-8E49-8BD4-E310261BD110\vnsr5EF4.tmp, Quarantined, [da0af0e17f1ab4827d4f8728bb4911ef], 
PUP.Optional.ConvertAd.Gen, C:\Program Files (x86)\375D1DF7-1462361057-8E49-8BD4-E310261BD110\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [da0af0e17f1ab4827d4f8728bb4911ef], 
PUP.Optional.WeatherChicken, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\WeatherChickn\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [09dbaf22623786b0cffeaf0e5aaacc34], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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