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What is WalletFriends?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that WalletFriends is a forced extension.

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

You may see this entry in your list of installed Chrome extensions:


and these warnings during install:




How did WalletFriends get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was a forced Chromke extension.

How do I remove WalletFriends?

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 WalletFriends?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes WalletFriends completely.
  • From Chrome you may have to remove the Extension manually under Tools > More Tools > Extensions. Click on the bin behind the WalletFriends entry and confirm Remove in the prompt.
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 WalletFriends hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.



Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 CHR Extension: (walletfriends) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf [2017-06-27]
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\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0
       Adds the file a436.png"="6/20/2017 11:05 PM, 178 bytes, A
       Adds the file a436u.png"="6/27/2017 10:41 AM, 178 bytes, A
       Adds the file back436.js"="6/20/2017 11:04 PM, 2781 bytes, A
       Adds the file key.txt"="6/20/2017 10:56 PM, 8 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="6/27/2017 10:41 AM, 875 bytes, A
       Adds the file source436.js"="6/20/2017 11:24 PM, 124 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="6/27/2017 10:41 AM, 545 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/26/2017 10:15 AM, 1932 bytes, A
Malwarebytes log:

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 6/27/17
Scan Time: 4:26 PM
Log File: mbamWalletFriend.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.141
Update Package Version: 1.0.2239
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: 336227
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 21 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: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239

File: 8
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\a436.png, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\a436u.png, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\back436.js, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\key.txt, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gdkjngeglemigbecfknielgbjiaaomhf\1.1.5_0\source436.js, Quarantined, [785], [411127],1.0.2239

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
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