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What is Boost?

 

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Boost is a browser 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 one also displays advertisements.

 

How do I know if my computer is affected by Boost?

 

This is how the first screen of the installer looks:

 

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And you may see these toolbars:

 

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or this entry in your list of installed programs: 

 

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How did Boost get on my computer?

 

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

 

How do I remove Boost?

 

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 Boost?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Boost 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 hijacker. 

 

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Boost hijacker. It would have warned you before the rogue 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:

 

O2 - BHO: Boost - {2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19} - C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.dllO4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Boost] C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.exe
 

Alterations made by the installer:

 

File system details  ---------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Boost       Adds the file 64Boost.dll"="11/1/2014 2:04 AM, 563448 bytes, A       Adds the file Boost.dll"="11/1/2014 2:04 AM, 499960 bytes, A       Adds the file Boost.exe"="10/31/2014 11:02 PM, 286936 bytes, A       Adds the file Boost.ico"="5/30/2013 11:46 PM, 103310 bytes, A       Adds the file Boosti.dll"="10/31/2014 11:02 PM, 329432 bytes, A       Adds the file uninstall.exe"="12/4/2014 9:21 AM, 186178 bytes, A    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\LocalLow       Adds the file jigsaw.jbs"="12/4/2014 9:23 AM, 20480000 bytes, A    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6qeoodjs.default-1401006518835\extensions       Adds the file boost@boost.net.xpi"="11/1/2014 2:04 AM, 41473 bytes, A Registry details  ------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Boost]       "boostuid"="REG_SZ", "cjwXl1eJUmSSpjVUur3SFg"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{38A066B0-DD5F-4226-AC4F-6A27C1BFB892}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Boost"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\Boost.DLL]       "AppID"="REG_SZ", "{38A066B0-DD5F-4226-AC4F-6A27C1BFB892}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Boost.BoostBho]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Boost"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Boost.BoostBho\CLSID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Boost.BoostBho\CurVer]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Boost.BoostBho.1"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Boost.BoostBho.1]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Boost"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Boost.BoostBho.1\CLSID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Boost"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}\Implemented Categories\{59FB2056-D625-48D0-A944-1A85B5AB2640}]    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}\InprocServer32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.dll"       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}\ProgID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Boost.BoostBho.1"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}\Programmable]    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{E860F65C-6645-411C-A662-E12E25FD3A93}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}\VersionIndependentProgID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Boost.BoostBho"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{41634761-D0BA-4C1A-9AC2-04AEE9511370}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IJigsawExternal"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{41634761-D0BA-4C1A-9AC2-04AEE9511370}\ProxyStubClsid]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{41634761-D0BA-4C1A-9AC2-04AEE9511370}\ProxyStubClsid32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{41634761-D0BA-4C1A-9AC2-04AEE9511370}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{E860F65C-6645-411C-A662-E12E25FD3A93}"       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{88C20E16-1EB7-40CE-820C-6CFCB41B1D2F}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IHttpRequestEvent"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{88C20E16-1EB7-40CE-820C-6CFCB41B1D2F}\ProxyStubClsid]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{88C20E16-1EB7-40CE-820C-6CFCB41B1D2F}\ProxyStubClsid32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{88C20E16-1EB7-40CE-820C-6CFCB41B1D2F}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{E860F65C-6645-411C-A662-E12E25FD3A93}"       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E860F65C-6645-411C-A662-E12E25FD3A93}\1.0]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Jigsaw 1.0 Type Library"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E860F65C-6645-411C-A662-E12E25FD3A93}\1.0\0\win32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.dll"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E860F65C-6645-411C-A662-E12E25FD3A93}\1.0\FLAGS]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E860F65C-6645-411C-A662-E12E25FD3A93}\1.0\HELPDIR]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Boost"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Boost"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Boost]       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.ico"       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Boost"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "3.0.0.22"       "DistID"="REG_SZ", "880001"       "InstallParameters"="REG_SZ", ""       "LastVersionIE"="REG_SZ", "9.11.9600.17420"       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Boost Shopping"       "SubID"="REG_SZ", "0101"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Boost\uninstall.exe"       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.shopwithboost.com"    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\Boost]       "js_cd"="REG_SZ", "{"data":{"channel":"0101","update_interval":"120","browser":"ie","install_time":"1414803804","product":"boost","distributor":"880001","version":"3.0.0.22","cid":"fd8f4528b74343c1b2c4ee9f00ec2b7d","ucd":"12/4/2014 12:23:41 am","user_country":"nl"}}"       "lastScriptUpdateHigh"="REG_DWORD", 0       "lastScriptUpdateLow"="REG_DWORD", 1417681418       "lastStorageStatusReportHigh"="REG_DWORD", 0       "lastStorageStatusReportLow"="REG_DWORD", 1417681418       "refreshInterval"="REG_DWORD", 7200    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Boost]       "boostuid"="REG_SZ", "cjwXl1eJUmSSpjVUur3SFg"       "BrowserAllow"="REG_SZ", "{ie}{chrome}{firefox}{opera}"    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions]       "{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}"="REG_BINARY, ............    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}]       "Flags"="REG_DWORD", 1024       "VerCache"="REG_BINARY, ......................    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]       "Boost"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.exe"  
 

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

 

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.org Scan Date: 12/4/2014Scan Time: 9:28:25 AMLogfile: mbamBoost.txtAdministrator: Yes Version: 2.00.3.1025Malware Database: v2014.12.04.03Rootkit Database: v2014.12.03.01License: FreeMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: DisabledSelf-protection: Disabled OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x86File System: NTFSUser: Malwarebytes Scan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 279412Time Elapsed: 3 min, 30 sec Memory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: DisabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: Enabled Processes: 1PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.exe, 2524, Delete-on-Reboot, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a] Modules: 0(No malicious items detected) Registry Keys: 14PUP.Optional.PricePeep.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\APPID\{38A066B0-DD5F-4226-AC4F-6A27C1BFB892}, Quarantined, [dbf874ea7903ba7c5a0143bdd52e2cd4], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{E860F65C-6645-411C-A662-E12E25FD3A93}, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{41634761-D0BA-4C1A-9AC2-04AEE9511370}, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{88C20E16-1EB7-40CE-820C-6CFCB41B1D2F}, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\Boost.BoostBho.1, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\Boost.BoostBho, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{2299856A-6506-42E3-A34F-CD35A47C1B19}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Boost, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\BOOST, Quarantined, [3d96a2bc4834ac8af898a32062a26898], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\BOOST, Quarantined, [b3205fffcfade05628cf21248a7914ec],  Registry Values: 3PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|Boost, C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.exe, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a]PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\APPDATALOW\SOFTWARE\BOOST|refreshInterval, 7200, Quarantined, [3d96a2bc4834ac8af898a32062a26898]PUP.Optional.Boost.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\BOOST|BrowserAllow, {ie}{chrome}{firefox}{opera}, Quarantined, [b3205fffcfade05628cf21248a7914ec] Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected) Folders: 1PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Program Files\Boost, Delete-on-Reboot, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a],  Files: 8PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\boost_880001_0101.exe, Quarantined, [f3e0d08e7a02c3730fcd4b01847c34cc], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\6qeoodjs.default-1401006518835\extensions\boost@boost.net.xpi, Quarantined, [468d93cb017b85b17538e27bed1620e0], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.ico, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Program Files\Boost\64Boost.dll, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.dll, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Program Files\Boost\Boost.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Program Files\Boost\Boosti.dll, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a], PUP.Optional.Boost.A, C:\Program Files\Boost\uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [c50e5707b7c58fa7f0730cafee16867a],  Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)  (end)
 

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