This page aims to help you remove WeatherChickn. These WeatherChickn removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. This article will also provides you with a brief introduction about what WeatherChickn is, what it does as well as its method of transmission.
What is WeatherChickn?
WeatherChickn is considered an adware by many security experts. It is a program that is non-malicious in nature and does not cause harm to the computer in which it resides. Most people call these types of program viruses, but that is not technically correct. A computer virus is a piece of code that is malicious and seeks to harm the computer in which it resides – either by damaging other software or by stealing data. If you had confused the two, do not feel too bad as it is a common mistake to make. Note, however, that this is still something you don’t want on your machine and you should remove it as quickly as possible.
This adware is designed to be able to integrate itself into all of your browsers, be it Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. Once it has wormed its way into your browser, it will start to track all your browsing patterns and history. After the adware has collected all the information that it needs, it will start to generate ad-banners, pop-up ads, pop-up boxes or even ads appearing in new windows. These ads will appear anytime and anywhere, especially when you least expected it. It will show up at the top of a webpage, flashing and blinking, lurking there at the corner of your eyes so that you are unable to concentrate fully on what you are doing. These ceaseless appearance of ads can, over time, annoy the hell out of most people. The Ads will feature anything from coupons to deals to proclaiming that you are the recipient of a windfall in a bid to grab your attention. All these are done in a bid to attract your attention and to entice you to click on the ads, which you are strongly encouraged not to.
Why should you not click on the ads?
These ads are designed to tempt you into clicking on it. So, the question you need to ask is, what good will you clicking on the ads, be to the creators?
Once you click on the ads, you will usually be immediately directed to another page. These pages, more often than not, will be one of the followings:
- You could be directed to a page which will feature the proclaimed deal. However, such pages are usually those that you frequented or one that you have recently visited. Therefore, you would have known of the deal and it is of no real value to you.
- You could be directed to a page which is one of the many third-party pay-per-click sites. This is the end-goal of the creators. When you enter such sites, the creators will be credited a certain amount of money, allowing them to earn extra income and giving them future incentives to create similar programs.
- You could also be directed to a page that, though seemingly innocuous, is in fact a portal for other adware to access and invade your computer.
- The page that you are directed to could also prompt the download of a certain program. Usually, such programs are of lower quality then established software in the field and may be a potential source of security threat.
As you can see, none of the possible outcomes are potentially enticing or useful. Therefore, it is, in your best interest, to not you click on the ads and remove WeatherChickn as quickly as possible.
How does infection happen and what can you do to prevent it?
Though it might seem as if infection has occurred out of the blue, you probably had engaged in one of the following activities that had caused the infection:
- Downloading of free and illegal programs that are widely available on the Internet: This is a very common mode of transmission. The creators tie WeatherChickn together with a more popular program and this is made available for download as a set. This is called bundling. Creators make use of the wide outreach that free program download has, to obtain a greater rate of transmission.
- Downloading of torrent files: Similar to the free programs, some files uploaded to torrent trackers have also undergone bundling.
- Opening emails from unknown senders – consider yourself lucky if this was the cause. Dangerous viruses also hide in emails.
A good thing about WeatherChickn is that it is unable to function if it has not been installed onto your computer. Therefore, it is important to pay extra attention when you are installing any program. During installation, choose “Custom Installation” as this is where you will be shown the list of files that will be installed onto your computer. Look carefully through the names and uncheck any that seems unfamiliar, strange or dubious to you before you continue with the installation. Following this simply rule will alloy you to spot over 90% of Adware programs before they actually make it into your machine.
|Danger Level||Medium (The Ads are merely annoying, but clicking on them may expose you to greater threats)
|Symptoms||Copious amount of ads appearing, getting your browser pages redirected.
|Distribution Method||Bundling either with torrent files or with the installers of programs, also download platforms.|
|Detection Tool||WeatherChickn may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
How To Remove WeatherChickn
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – WeatherChickn may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove WeatherChickn from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove WeatherChickn from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove WeatherChickn from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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