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Removal instructions for Your Instant Email

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What is Your Instant Email?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Your Instant Email 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.
Your Instant Email is a member of the Spigot family as described in the blogpost Spigot browser hijackers.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Your Instant Email?

You may see this Firefox extension:

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this new default search provider in Internet Explorer:

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and this entry in your list of installed software:

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You may also see these warnings during install:

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and this new startpage in the affected browser(s):

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How did Your Instant Email get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site.

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How do I remove Your Instant Email?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • 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 Your Instant Email?
  • If you are using Chrome, you may have to remove the Extension manually under Tools > Settings > Extensions. Remove the checkmark and click on the bin behind the Your Instant Email entry.
  • If your browsers have been hijacked, you should read our Restore Browser page. You can read there how to fix additional browser redirect methods.
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 the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Your Instant Email hijacker. It would have warned you before the hijacker could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.
 

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and it blocks traffic to some of their domains:
 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in a FRST log:
 
 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = hxxp://search.yourinstantemail.com/?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170215&ap=&i_id=email__1.30
 SearchScopes: HKCU -> DefaultScope {3FE479AA-6079-437A-913F-2FB27F48B31A} URL = hxxp://search.yourinstantemail.com/s?source=tt-bb8&uid={uid1}&uc=20170215&ap=&i_id=email__1.30&query={searchTerms}
 SearchScopes: HKCU -> {3FE479AA-6079-437A-913F-2FB27F48B31A} URL = hxxp://search.yourinstantemail.com/s?source=tt-bb8&uid={uid1}&uc=20170215&ap=&i_id=email__1.30&query={searchTerms}
 FF Homepage: hxxp://search.yourinstantemail.com?uid={uid2}&uc=20170215&ap=&source=tt&page=homepage&implementation_id=email_4.0.12
 FF Extension: Email - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\@Email.xpi [2017-02-15]
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SpigotSettings

Your Instant Email (HKCU\...\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}) (Version: 2.2.0.5 - Spigot, Inc.) <==== ATTENTION
Most relevant changes made by the installers:
 
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file @Email.xpi"="2/15/2017 8:51 AM, 21706 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@Email\simple-storage
       Adds the file store.json"="2/15/2017 8:55 AM, 315 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SpigotSettings
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="2/15/2017 8:50 AM, 267616 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
       "Start Page" = REG_SZ, "http://search.yourinstantemail.com/?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170215&ap=&i_id=email__1.30"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
       "DefaultScope" = REG_SZ, "{3FE479AA-6079-437A-913F-2FB27F48B31A}"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{3FE479AA-6079-437A-913F-2FB27F48B31A}]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Search"
       "SuggestionsURL"="REG_SZ", "https://ie.search.yahoo.com/os?appid=ie8&command={searchTerms}"
       "URL"="REG_SZ", "http://search.yourinstantemail.com/s?source=tt-bb8&uid={uid1}&uc=20170215&ap=&i_id=email__1.30&query={searchTerms}"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Your Instant Email"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.2.0.5"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SpigotSettings\"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Spigot, Inc."
       "UninstallHomepage"="REG_SZ", "http://search.yourinstantemail.com/?source=tt&uid={uid1}&uc=20170215&ap=&i_id=email__1.30"
       "UninstallImpression"="REG_SZ", "http://imp.yourinstantemail.com/impression.do?source=tt&sub_id=20170215&useragent=Mozilla%2F5.0+(Windows+NT+6.1%3B+WOW64%3B+Trident%2F7.0%3B+rv%3A11.0)+like+Gecko&traffic_source=&user_id={uid1}&implementation_id=email__1.30&event={exEvent}"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SpigotSettings\Uninstall.exe" /uninstall"
Malwarebytes scan log:
 
Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/15/17
Scan Time: 9:08 AM
Logfile: mbamYourInstantEmail.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.0.5.1299
Components Version: 1.0.43
Update Package Version: 1.0.1266
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 360113
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 30 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 2
PUP.Optional.Spigot, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}, Delete-on-Reboot, [810], [300859],1.0.1266
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\SEARCHSCOPES\{3FE479AA-6079-437A-913F-2FB27F48B31A}, Delete-on-Reboot, [2353], [368913],1.0.1266

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\SEARCHSCOPES\{3FE479AA-6079-437A-913F-2FB27F48B31A}|URL, Delete-on-Reboot, [2353], [368913],1.0.1266

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.MyEmailXP, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@Email\simple-storage, Delete-on-Reboot, [1843], [335005],1.0.1266
PUP.Optional.MyEmailXP, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\JETPACK\@EMAIL, Delete-on-Reboot, [1843], [335005],1.0.1266

File: 4
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\SPIGOTSETTINGS\UNINSTALL.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [810], [300859],1.0.1266
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\PREFS.JS, Replaced, [2353], [361537],1.0.1266
PUP.Optional.MyEmailXP, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@Email\simple-storage\store.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [1843], [335005],1.0.1266
PUP.Optional.MyEmailXP, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\@EMAIL.XPI, Delete-on-Reboot, [1843], [335030],1.0.1266

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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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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