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  1. What is Decent Search?The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Decent Search 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.How do I know if my computer is affected by Decent Search?You may see this entry in your list of installed Chrome extensions:this icon in the Chrome menu-bar:this changed setting:You may have noticed these warnings during install:How did Decent Search get on my computer?Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from the webstore:after a redirect from a deceptive website:How do I remove Decent Search?Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program. 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 Decent Search? No, Malwarebytes removes Decent Search 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 Decent Search hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late. Technical details for expertsPossible signs in FRST logs: CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://somedecentsearch.com/search/?q={searchTerms} CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> ds CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://somedecentsearch.com/suggest/?q={searchTerms} CHR Extension: (Decent) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\faeiemkknffcmghkanjfajlaplkdhlbg [2020-03-30] 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\faeiemkknffcmghkanjfajlaplkdhlbg\1.8_0 Adds the file bg.js"="2/25/2020 11:05 PM, 987 bytes, A Adds the file icon.png"="3/30/2020 9:16 AM, 8867 bytes, A Adds the file manifest.json"="3/30/2020 9:16 AM, 1227 bytes, A Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\faeiemkknffcmghkanjfajlaplkdhlbg\1.8_0\_metadata Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="3/30/2020 9:16 AM, 128 bytes, A Adds the file verified_contents.json"="3/20/2020 6:38 PM, 1508 bytes, A Registry details [View: All details] (Selection) ------------------------------------------------ [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings] "faeiemkknffcmghkanjfajlaplkdhlbg"="REG_SZ", "76C7840812E71F91D4E537F5494A8FAFFC4040974E386D8361902E5A87A93EBD" Malwarebytes log: Malwarebytes www.malwarebytes.com -Log Details- Scan Date: 3/30/20 Scan Time: 9:30 AM Log File: 5c4d1116-7258-11ea-9f44-00ffdcc6fdfc.json -Software Information- Version: Components Version: 1.0.859 Update Package Version: 1.0.21612 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: 234055 Threats Detected: 7 Threats Quarantined: 7 Time Elapsed: 20 min, 19 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 PUP.Optional.DecentSearch, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|faeiemkknffcmghkanjfajlaplkdhlbg, Quarantined, 427, 803834, , , , Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected) Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected) Folder: 1 PUP.Optional.DecentSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FAEIEMKKNFFCMGHKANJFAJLAPLKDHLBG, Quarantined, 427, 803834, 1.0.21612, , ame, File: 5 PUP.Optional.DecentSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 427, 803834, , , , PUP.Optional.DecentSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 427, 803834, , , , PUP.Optional.DecentSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FAEIEMKKNFFCMGHKANJFAJLAPLKDHLBG\1.8_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 427, 803834, 1.0.21612, , ame, PUP.Optional.DecentSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 427, 803835, 1.0.21612, , ame, PUP.Optional.DecentSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 427, 803835, 1.0.21612, , ame, 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.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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