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Removal instructions for exinariuminix.info

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What is exinariuminix.info?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that exinariuminix.info 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 particular one creates a Scheduled Task to create a registry value that opens a browser window at startup of the system pointing to exinariuminix.info.

How do I know if my computer is affected by exinariuminix.info?

You may see a Scheduled Tasks similar to this:


How did exinariuminix.info get on my computer?

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

How do I remove exinariuminix.info?

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 exinariuminix.info?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes exinariuminix.info completely.
  • This PUP creates some scheduled tasks. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.
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 exinariuminix.info hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

And it blocks the site the hijacker tries to open at system boot:


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 HKCU\...\Run: [{username}] => explorer.exe hxxp://exinariuminix.info
 C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\{username} - Changes.txt

Task: {DD698A10-BF77-401B-AF85-C2DE294957AD} - System32\Tasks\{username} => cmd.exe /c REG ADD HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /f /v {username} /t REG_SZ /d "explorer.exe hxxp://exinariuminix.info"
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file {username}"="2/19/2018 9:07 AM, 3150 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "{username}"="REG_SZ", "explorer.exe http://exinariuminix.info"
Malwarebytes log:

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/19/18
Scan Time: 10:41 AM
Log File: 1908216b-1559-11e8-99dd-080027750297.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.3998
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: 243077
Threats Detected: 3
Threats Quarantined: 3
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 35 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: 1

Registry Value: 1
Adware.StartPage.USACVAR, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|{username}, Delete-on-Reboot, [14871], [491786],1.0.3998

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 1
Adware.StartPage.USACVAR, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\{username}, Delete-on-Reboot, [14871], [-1],0.0.0

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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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