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What is Zombie News?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Zombie News 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 Zombie News?

This is how the startpage looks:

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And you may see these warnings:

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or this entry in your list of installed programs:

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How did Zombie News get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was offered as a game.

How do I remove Zombie News?

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 Zombie News?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Zombie News 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 adware application.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Zombie News 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

Signs in a HijackThis log:

O23 - Service: ZombieNews - Time Lapse Solutions - C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNewsService.exe
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details  ---------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews       Adds the file app.dat"="7/26/2014 9:43 AM, 787674 bytes, A       Adds the file data.dat"="7/26/2014 9:43 AM, 2048 bytes, A       Adds the file info.dat"="7/26/2014 9:43 AM, 64 bytes, A       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="7/4/2014 8:01 PM, 523120 bytes, A       Adds the file ZombieNews.dll"="7/26/2014 9:43 AM, 1177968 bytes, A       Adds the file ZombieNews.exe"="7/26/2014 9:43 AM, 50032 bytes, A       Adds the file ZombieNews.exe.config"="7/26/2014 9:43 AM, 190 bytes, A       Adds the file ZombieNews.ico"="7/3/2014 6:41 PM, 156791 bytes, A       Adds the file ZombieNewsService.exe"="7/26/2014 9:43 AM, 2318704 bytes, A       Adds the file ZombieNewsService.exe.config"="7/26/2014 9:43 AM, 189 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\ZombieNewsRegistry details  ------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}]       "ad"="REG_SZ", "zombienewsapp.com"       "id"="REG_SZ", "6e4990fb4ab7447c9159463890e34679"       "ip"="REG_SZ", "357"       "ns"="REG_SZ", "ZMBN"       "p"="REG_SZ", "357"       "v"="REG_SZ", "2.7.21"       "vp"="REG_SZ", "2.7.21357"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{9C4EFBD5-1ADF-41E6-BE26-AF44326E30E4}]       "(Default)"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{a61f2edd-4a34-8822-99ad-aa60c4745fb4}]       "ik"="REG_SZ", "{33fa2d19-d335-583b-5bce-72b3b6f69bef}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{ca3848d1-f4fe-8f2d-a973-25534d0e1655}]       "id"="REG_SZ", "6e4990fb4ab7447c9159463890e34679"       "p"="REG_SZ", "357"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{E5A7A645-8318-4895-B85C-EDC606B80DB6}]       "id"="REG_SZ", "6e4990fb4ab7447c9159463890e34679"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\ZombieNewsService_RASAPI32]       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\ZombieNewsService_RASMANCS]       "ConsoleTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "EnableConsoleTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "EnableFileTracing"="REG_DWORD", 0       "FileDirectory"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%windir%\tracing"       "FileTracingMask"="REG_DWORD", -65536       "MaxFileSize"="REG_DWORD", 1048576    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ZombieNews]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNews.ico"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Zombie News"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.7.21"       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 1433       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.zombienewsapp.com/about.html"       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20140726"       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Time Lapse Solutions"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\uninstall.exe /kb=y /ic=0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ZombieNews]       "DependOnService"="REG_MULTI_SZ, "Winmgmt CryptSvc "       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "ZombieNews"       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1       "FailureActions"="REG_BINARY, <.....................       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, ""C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNewsService.exe""       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\DynConIE]       "id"="REG_SZ", "6e4990fb4ab7447c9159463890e34679"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 7/26/2014Scan Time: 9:48:24 AMLogfile: mbamZombieNews.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: 2.00.2.1012Malware Database: v2014.07.26.04Rootkit Database: v2014.07.17.01License: FreeMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: DisabledSelf-protection: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x86File System: NTFSUser: MalwarebytesScan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 247791Time Elapsed: 2 min, 47 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 1PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNewsService.exe, 1124, Delete-on-Reboot, [5ebe099bc6b5f343291e158c12ef51af]Modules: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys: 5PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\ZombieNews, Quarantined, [5ebe099bc6b5f343291e158c12ef51af], PUP.Optional.WebSteroids.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{051E9166-B275-4683-907B-372FAE22BC7C}, Quarantined, [1ffd8e16cead0c2a03bab8a820e216ea], PUP.Optional.DynConIE.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E5A7A645-8318-4895-B85C-EDC606B80DB6}, Quarantined, [f923990bc9b2f244a0ecc29ea45eb44c], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\ZombieNews, Quarantined, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.MultiIE.A, HKU\S-1-5-21-4016700205-1717049133-1125222536-1001-{ED1FC765-E35E-4C3D-BF15-2C2B11260CE4}-0\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\DynConIE, Quarantined, [70acacf8e19a171f00095ccba3611be5], Registry Values: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 2PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews, Delete-on-Reboot, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\ZombieNews, Quarantined, [ac703b697dfe66d0c18b953231d1817f], Files: 13PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNewsService.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [5ebe099bc6b5f343291e158c12ef51af], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNews.exe, Quarantined, [53c9f7ad7902d95dfa4d5051da270cf4], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\ZombieNews.exe, Quarantined, [cf4df3b15526e84e2545e9c06d978878], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\nskC65D.tmp\Helper.dll, Quarantined, [cd4f6b39661569cd8edc2089659f0df3], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\nskC65D.tmp\ZombieNewsInstall.exe, Quarantined, [8e8ec4e02457a096a3a40e93b15038c8], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\app.dat, Quarantined, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\data.dat, Quarantined, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\info.dat, Delete-on-Reboot, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNews.dll, Quarantined, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNews.exe.config, Quarantined, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNews.ico, Quarantined, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], PUP.Optional.ZombieNews.A, C:\ProgramData\ZombieNews\ZombieNewsService.exe.config, Quarantined, [4cd0267e403b1b1baa7cdf4de3219f61], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.

We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention
Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

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