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What is MusicFinder Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MusicFinder Search is a browser NewTab and search hijacker. These so-called "NewTabs" can 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.

How do I know if my computer is affected by MusicFinder Search?

You may see these browser extensions:

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and these warnings during install:

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How did MusicFinder Search get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. These were promoted by a website served by an ad-rotator. Depending on the visiting browser they served a fitting extension.

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The Chrome extension was also available in the Chrome webstore.

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How do I remove MusicFinder Search?

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 MusicFinder Search?

  • If you are using an older version of Malwarebytes, you may have to remove the Chrome Extension manually under Tools > More Tools > Extensions. Click on the bin behind the MusicFinder Search entry and confirm Remove in the prompt.
  • 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 MusicFinder Search hijacker. It blocks traffic to the ad-rotator, the serving website and the hijackers domain:

 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in a FRST log:

 

 FF Extension: No Name - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\{dcfac76f-2fd2-4477-9a60-22d167cabcb4}.xpi [2018-03-08]
 CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://search.myappzcenter.com/search/?category=web&s=49ds&q={searchTerms}
 CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> MusicFinder Search
 CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.myappzcenter.com/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
 CHR Extension: (MusicFinder Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc [2018-03-08]

Changes made by the installer:
 

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="1/9/2018 7:44 AM, 85656 bytes, A
       Adds the file loader.js"="1/25/2018 12:48 PM, 8334 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="3/8/2018 7:57 AM, 1994 bytes, A
       Adds the file privacy.txt"="1/25/2018 12:48 PM, 6669 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate.js"="1/25/2018 12:48 PM, 19093 bytes, A
       Adds the file TOS.txt"="1/25/2018 12:48 PM, 9850 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="3/8/2018 7:57 AM, 4013 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="3/4/2018 12:02 PM, 2709 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images
       Adds the file icon128.png"="3/8/2018 7:57 AM, 12378 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="3/8/2018 7:57 AM, 753 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare
       Adds the file close.png"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 1920 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate.jpg"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 102155 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate1.png"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 12334 bytes, A
       Adds the file share.jpg"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 17633 bytes, A
       Adds the file share1.png"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 4466 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file {dcfac76f-2fd2-4477-9a60-22d167cabcb4}.xpi"="3/8/2018 8:18 AM, 35254 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc"="REG_SZ", "F982D4304DE8D6FFDB2BBD79761B9FCF63BEFDEBE0D2D4B7BFDEEAAB94BF8494"

The Malwarebytes scan log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/8/18
Scan Time: 8:28 AM
Log File: 5417cc1f-22a2-11e8-86e4-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.3.1.2183
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.4254
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: 244086
Threats Detected: 23
Threats Quarantined: 23
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 16 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
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
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\EBHCFLBFNMLOBIPLACLDEDDDEPLBJFOC, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254

File: 18
PUP.Optional.SuperAppBox, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}.default\EXTENSIONS\{DCFAC76F-2FD2-4477-9A60-22D167CABCB4}.XPI, Quarantined, [8053], [490480],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\EBHCFLBFNMLOBIPLACLDEDDDEPLBJFOC\1.0.1_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\close.png, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\rate.jpg, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\rate1.png, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\share.jpg, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\share1.png, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\icon128.png, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\images\icon16.png, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\loader.js, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\privacy.txt, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\rate.js, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254
PUP.Optional.MyAppzCenter.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ebhcflbfnmlobiplacldedddeplbjfoc\1.0.1_0\TOS.txt, Quarantined, [8162], [482909],1.0.4254

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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