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What is shootem?

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

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

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


and these warnings during install:




How did shootem get on my computer?

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

How do I remove shootem?

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 shootem?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes shootem completely.
  • You may have to remove the Chrome Extension manually under Tools > More Tools > Extensions. Click on the bin behind the shootem 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.

We protect our customers from forced Extension by blocking the sites that spread them:


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 CHR Extension: (shootem) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae [2017-09-14]
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\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="9/14/2017 9:48 AM, 1198 bytes, A
       Adds the file navigation.js"="9/11/2017 10:11 AM, 1142300 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="9/11/2017 10:33 AM, 895 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="9/14/2017 9:48 AM, 15743 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/11/2017 10:18 AM, 2217 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\img
       Adds the file hostage.png"="9/11/2017 10:10 AM, 1234 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon.png"="9/14/2017 9:48 AM, 3950 bytes, A
       Adds the file room.jpg"="9/11/2017 10:10 AM, 73126 bytes, A
       Adds the file terrorist.png"="9/11/2017 10:10 AM, 1643 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\shooting
       Adds the file functions.js"="9/11/2017 10:11 AM, 1166 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="9/11/2017 10:11 AM, 96445 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae
       Adds the file 000003.log"="9/14/2017 9:48 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="9/14/2017 9:48 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="9/14/2017 9:48 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="9/14/2017 9:48 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="9/14/2017 9:48 AM, 41 bytes, A
Malwarebytes log:

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/14/17
Scan Time: 10:40 AM
Log File: 4ec61da1-9928-11e7-b42c-080027750297.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.188
Update Package Version: 1.0.2800
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: 319122
Threats Detected: 16
Threats Quarantined: 16
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 24 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: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 5
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\shooting, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\img, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800

File: 11
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\img\hostage.png, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\img\icon.png, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\img\room.jpg, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\img\terrorist.png, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\shooting\functions.js, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\shooting\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\navigation.js, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ikehgeenljaaokalicdhikcldfbjepae\7.3.78_0\popup.html, Quarantined, [622], [434632],1.0.2800

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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