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What is Flixtab Movie Center?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Flixtab Movie Center is a newtab 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 one changes the newtab page in Chrome.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Flixtab Movie Center?

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

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and these warnings during install:

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and you will see this site when you open a new tab in Chrome:

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How did Flixtab Movie Center get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their website, but is also available in the webstore:

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How do I remove Flixtab Movie Center?

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 Flixtab Movie Center?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Flixtab Movie Center completely.

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 Flixtab Movie Center hijacker. It would have blocked the site before the extension could be installed, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.
 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 

 CHR Extension: (Flixtab Movie Center) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc [2018-04-25]

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\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0
       Adds the file Archive created by free jZip.url"="11/26/2013 10:21 AM, 58 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="4/25/2018 8:37 AM, 1025 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="4/25/2018 8:37 AM, 680 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="11/21/2017 9:12 AM, 2012 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\html
       Adds the file newtab.html"="10/29/2017 3:18 PM, 212 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\icons
       Adds the file Flixtab-128.png"="4/25/2018 8:37 AM, 4227 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\js
       Adds the file background.js"="10/29/2017 3:18 PM, 10990 bytes, A
       Adds the file brand.js"="11/21/2017 9:12 AM, 371 bytes, A
       Adds the file newtab.js"="10/29/2017 3:18 PM, 111 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc"="REG_SZ", "70132EAA06377A914BEB39B6281699B0470204EE2E9F9360005AF7B3C3D1FAE4"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/25/18
Scan Time: 8:45 AM
Log File: 49fd51fe-4854-11e8-86aa-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.3.1.2183
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.4868
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: 246578
Threats Detected: 17
Threats Quarantined: 17
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 36 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: 6
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\icons, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\html, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\js, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\KCOJCAALEKFJJJJALODHGAAPLFILJGOC, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868

File: 11
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\KCOJCAALEKFJJJJALODHGAAPLFILJGOC\1.0.17_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\html\newtab.html, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\icons\Flixtab-128.png, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\js\background.js, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\js\brand.js, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\js\newtab.js, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868
PUP.Optional.FlixTab, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kcojcaalekfjjjjalodhgaaplfiljgoc\1.0.17_0\Archive created by free jZip.url, Quarantined, [5017], [495663],1.0.4868

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.

Edited by Metallica

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