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  1. What is FreeStreamSearch? The Malwarebytes research team has determined that FreeStreamSearch is a search hijacker. These so-called "hijackers" manipulate your browser(s), for example to change your startpage or searchscopes, so that the affected browser visits their site or one of their choice. This particular one changes your default search engine and adds Search Recommendations. How do I know if my computer is affected by FreeStreamSearch? You may see this entry in your list of installed Chrome extensions: and this changed setting: You may have noticed these warnings during install: How did FreeStreamSearch get on my computer? Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from the webstore: after a redirect from their website: How do I remove FreeStreamSearch? Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this search hijacker. Please download Malwarebytes for Windows to your desktop. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen. Click on the Get started button. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan. When the scan is finished click Quarantine to remove the found threats. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process. Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of FreeStreamSearch? No, Malwarebytes removes FreeStreamSearch completely. How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me? We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker. As you can see below Malwarebytes Browser Guard, and the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the FreeStreamSearch hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late. Technical details for experts Possible signs in FRST logs: CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.freestreamsearch.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=freestreamsearch&barcodeid=584000000000000 CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> FreeStreamSearch CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.freestreamsearch.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms} CHR Extension: (FreeStreamSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio [2021-01-28] Alterations made by the installer: File system details [View: All details] (Selection) --------------------------------------------------- Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\1.1.0_0 Adds the file manifest.json"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 2132 bytes, A Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\1.1.0_0\_metadata Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 6255 bytes, A Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/17/2020 3:01 PM, 2049 bytes, A Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\1.1.0_0\images Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="9/17/2020 3:01 PM, 0 bytes, A Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\1.1.0_0\images\icons Adds the file 128x128.png"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 10590 bytes, A Adds the file 16x16.png"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 680 bytes, A Adds the file 64x64.png"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 4230 bytes, A Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\1.1.0_0\scripts Adds the file background.js"="9/17/2020 3:01 PM, 514529 bytes, A Adds the file sitecontent.js"="9/17/2020 3:01 PM, 77 bytes, A Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio Adds the file 000003.log"="1/28/2021 1:54 PM, 774 bytes, A Adds the file CURRENT"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 16 bytes, A Adds the file LOCK"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 0 bytes, A Adds the file LOG"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 184 bytes, A Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 41 bytes, A Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio Adds the file FreeStreamSearch.ico"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 197278 bytes, A Adds the file FreeStreamSearch.ico.md5"="1/28/2021 1:51 PM, 16 bytes, A Registry details [View: All details] (Selection) ------------------------------------------------ [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings] "goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio"="REG_SZ", "D7D48E1281457B5F9EC3614B74FCEA38425DED23AB184526F7D1ACC157440EBF" Malwarebytes log: Malwarebytes www.malwarebytes.com -Log Details- Scan Date: 1/28/21 Scan Time: 2:00 PM Log File: d8d38530-6168-11eb-9ae0-080027235d76.json -Software Information- Version: Components Version: 1.0.1146 Update Package Version: 1.0.36343 License: Premium -System Information- OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 CPU: x64 File System: NTFS User: {computername}\{username} -Scan Summary- Scan Type: Threat Scan Scan Initiated By: Manual Result: Completed Objects Scanned: 232951 Threats Detected: 11 Threats Quarantined: 11 Time Elapsed: 3 min, 51 sec -Scan Options- Memory: Enabled Startup: Enabled Filesystem: Enabled Archives: Enabled Rootkits: Disabled Heuristics: Enabled PUP: Detect PUM: Detect -Scan Details- Process: 0 (No malicious items detected) Module: 0 (No malicious items detected) Registry Key: 0 (No malicious items detected) Registry Value: 1 Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected) Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected) Folder: 2 Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\GOICCFIPPGCILPBDLEJDLCJPHKMFOEIO, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, 1.0.36343, , ame, , , File: 8 Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15230, 799722, , , , , 103C275D8409459C8C99D8536B409670, A49F6815B9E10AF5E6280D0856B87DF01CB2D55CFE34344C6185ADD3AEDC9DAC Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15230, 799722, , , , , 150722047CFAC254FEDA04D920EBEBAA, 29E75AF52FA52DA28DBA397A64A89801F68F8E6EAB72F7140771471219E8549B Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\000003.log, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 569BB1C307DCC73E893C98239214905A, 956C3561CDC9D1297AFF043BBA588F179E40A1D098D3AC623A168D4F7EFC878A Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443 Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\LOCK, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\LOG, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 5E75D35DDEFD71F782280BB4C1A97FE7, 061CB8D7953D133E71AF4CD0EB7002AE421AE62E01309C9110F0AE789DAD539B Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\goiccfippgcilpbdlejdlcjphkmfoeio\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4 Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\GOICCFIPPGCILPBDLEJDLCJPHKMFOEIO\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, 1.0.36343, , ame, , 43DFEC59F16D13712EC3513E3549098A, E481CD4B0C70E4ECBC91ECBEB7D216BBF9F9CF51BEBA5F666C3B9B0C2CC6A9A9 Physical Sector: 0 (No malicious items detected) WMI: 0 (No malicious items detected) (end) As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat. 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