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What is Shopping Optimizer?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Shopping Optimizer 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 Shopping Optimizer?

You may see this entry in your list of installed software:

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and these browser add-ons:

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How did Shopping Optimizer get on my computer?

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

How do I remove Shopping Optimizer?

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 all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Shopping Optimizer?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Shopping Optimizer 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 Shopping Optimizer hijacker. It would have warned you before the application 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: ShoppingOptimizer BHO - {79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A} - C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll
Possible signs in FRST logs:

 BHO: Addon Class -> {79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A} -> C:\Program Files\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll [2015-04-06] (Shopping Optimization Solutions LTD) BHO-x32: Addon Class -> {79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A} -> C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll [2015-04-06] (Shopping Optimization Solutions LTD) FF HKLM-x32\...\Firefox\Extensions: [jid1-xNAj4KGyf5wyhg@jetpack] - C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ideals-shopping-optimizer.xpi FF Extension: Shopping Optimizer - Buy Smart - C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ideals-shopping-optimizer.xpi [2015-04-06] C:\Program Files\iDeals Shopping Optimizer C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping OptimizeriDeals Shopping Optimizer (HKLM-x32\...\iDeals Shopping Optimizer) (Version: 2.1.1.0 - Shopping Optimization Solutions LTD)
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)---------------------------------------------------    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\iDeals Shopping Optimizer       Adds the file ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll"="06/04/2015 13:58, 160256 bytes, A    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer       Adds the file ideals-shopping-optimizer.xpi"="06/04/2015 13:51, 77955 bytes, A       Adds the file ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll"="06/04/2015 13:57, 137216 bytes, A       Adds the file uninst.exe"="25/08/2015 08:37, 55374 bytes, A    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default       Alters the file prefs.js        12/08/2015 14:35, 5194 bytes, A ==> 25/08/2015 08:37, 5241 bytes, ARegistry details [View: All details] (Selection)------------------------------------------------    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{EF6177BB-4B35-4A5B-9EE8-DE8AA6328442}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.DLL]       "AppID"="REG_SZ", "{EF6177BB-4B35-4A5B-9EE8-DE8AA6328442}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Addon Class"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\InprocServer32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll"       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\ProgID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer.Addon.1"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\Programmable]    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\VersionIndependentProgID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer.Addon"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IAddon"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}\ProxyStubClsid32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}"       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Addon Class"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon\CLSID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon\CurVer]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer.Addon.1"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon.1]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Addon Class"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon.1\CLSID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}\1.0]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer 1.0 Type Library"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}\1.0\0\win32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}\1.0\0\win64]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}\1.0\FLAGS]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}\1.0\HELPDIR]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Addon Class"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\InprocServer32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll"       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\ProgID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer.Addon.1"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\Programmable]    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\VersionIndependentProgID]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer.Addon"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IAddon"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}\ProxyStubClsid32]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}\TypeLib]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}"       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer BHO"       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext]       "ListBox_Support_CLSID"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext\CLSID]       "{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}"="REG_SZ", "1"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}]       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "ShoppingOptimizer BHO"       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\iDeals Shopping Optimizer]       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "iDeals Shopping Optimizer"       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.1.1.0"       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Shopping Optimization Solutions LTD"       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\uninst.exe"       "Version"="REG_SZ", "2.1.1.0"    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Mozilla\Firefox\Extensions]       "jid1-xNAj4KGyf5wyhg@jetpack"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ideals-shopping-optimizer.xpi"
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malwarewww.malwarebytes.orgScan Date: 25/08/2015Scan Time: 08:49Logfile: mbamShoppingOptimizer.txtAdministrator: YesVersion: 2.1.8.1057Malware Database: v2015.08.25.02Rootkit Database: v2015.08.16.01License: PremiumMalware Protection: DisabledMalicious Website Protection: EnabledSelf-protection: DisabledOS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1CPU: x64File System: NTFSUser: {username}Scan Type: Threat ScanResult: CompletedObjects Scanned: 330401Time Elapsed: 4 min, 8 secMemory: EnabledStartup: EnabledFilesystem: EnabledArchives: EnabledRootkits: EnabledHeuristics: EnabledPUP: EnabledPUM: EnabledProcesses: 0(No malicious items detected)Modules: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys: 21PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\INTERFACE\{5B4F3851-2F84-4D94-B435-ADECF283BF96}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\TYPELIB\{DC432F91-0963-46C4-A4FD-77568960DCE9}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon.1, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon.1, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\ShoppingOptimizer.Addon.1, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{79F768ED-0B12-42EF-8257-36751A0ECF3A}\INPROCSERVER32, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\iDeals Shopping Optimizer, Quarantined, [14f2c845bccf95a121c94f3db45102fe], Registry Values: 1PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\EXTENSIONS|jid1-xNAj4KGyf5wyhg@jetpack, C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ideals-shopping-optimizer.xpi, Quarantined, [3dc985882b60c3730f8135e7dd26827e]Registry Data: 0(No malicious items detected)Folders: 2PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, C:\Program Files\iDeals Shopping Optimizer, Quarantined, [34d23dd08704092df32cf428cd36dd23], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer, Quarantined, [45c148c54447092d29f6d7455ca709f7], Files: 5PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, C:\Program Files\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ShoppingOptimizerBHO.dll, Quarantined, [5aac37d6fd8ecd69fbef3359fa0b639d], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\ShoppingOptimizerInstaller.exe, Quarantined, [8e7845c80c7f5bdbe901632952b30df3], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\uninst.exe, Quarantined, [14f2c845bccf95a121c94f3db45102fe], PUP.Optional.iDealsShoppingOptimizer.A, C:\Program Files (x86)\iDeals Shopping Optimizer\ideals-shopping-optimizer.xpi, Quarantined, [45c148c54447092d29f6d7455ca709f7], Physical Sectors: 0(No malicious items detected)(end)
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