How to remove WeatherChick’n (Virus Removal Guide)

Name(s) Detection Threat Level
WeatherChick’n, WeatherChick’n virus, WeatherChickn Adware, PUP 80 / 100  *HIGH – REMOVE IMMEDIATELY!

WeatherChick’n

WeatherChick’n (WeatherChickn) is deceptive adware and a potentially unwanted program that is promoted as a free tool that can display information about the current weather. However, the program is entirely useless and displays advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, and other popular web browsers. The unwanted program is also known to utilize deceptive marketing practices and advertising platforms in order to infiltrate a computer system under the guise of something it is not.

WeatherChick'n

Once the program is installed it will display a pop-up window on the bottom of Windows Task Bar. The window will contain the date, an image, and a button that says MORE WEATHER. If you click the button you will be directed to an affiliated search webpage that contains information about weather. The weather results may be inaccurate. For example, WeatherChickn showed me weather information for a city I am not geographically close to.

A concern with WeatherChick’n adware is that it may bundle with other unwanted programs, malware, and various unwanted files. The adware and threats that it may bundle with are usually downloaded from a questionable source. Downloading objects online including freeware and torrent files can result in potentially unwanted programs infecting the user’s system. Even if a program is well known and trustworthy, if you download it from a malicious site or using an untrustworthy download manager can lead to a computer infection.

Removing WeatherChick’n from your computer immediately is highly recommended. This program has a bad online reputation and may be the sign of a more serious computer infection. Use the WeatherChick’n removal guide below to completely remove this program and other threats from your computer.

How to remove WeatherChick’n

  1. Remove WeatherChick’n with Malwarebytes
  2. Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro
  3. Cleanup junk and repair your settings with CCleaner

Remove WeatherChick’n with Malwarebytes

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

3. Once the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

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2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. Once the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

Cleanup junk and repair your settings with CCleaner

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.


How to stay protected against future infections

The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow common online guidelines and take advantage of reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware security software with real-time protection.

Real-time security software

Security software like Malwarebytes and Norton Security have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.

Common Online Guidelines

  • Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
  • Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
  • If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
  • Avoid torrents and P2P clients
  • Do not open email messages from senders you do not know

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Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.