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What is WowMovix Search Plus?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that WowMovix Search Plus is a potentially unwanted 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 one also displays advertisements.

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

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

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and these warnings during install:

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and you will see this changed setting:

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and this menu when ou click the icon in your Chrome menu-bar:

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How did WowMovix Search Plus get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from the webstore:

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and promoted by their website:

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How do I remove WowMovix Search Plus?

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 WowMovix Search Plus?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes WowMovix Search Plus 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 WowMovix Search Plus hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, by blocking the site that promoted the extension:

 

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and by blocking the serach site it hijacks the browser to:
 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 

CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://movix.searchalgo.com/go/?category=web&s=wmdp&vert=movies&var=plus&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> WowMovix
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.searchalgo.com/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (WowMovix Search Plus) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh [2018-08-21]

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\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="8/21/2018 9:02 AM, 2287 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="5/7/2017 3:17 PM, 5793 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="8/21/2018 9:02 AM, 16367 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="5/7/2017 3:17 PM, 4188 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css
       Adds the file style.css"="11/27/2016 6:04 PM, 4085 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts
       Adds the file material-icons.css"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 1037 bytes, A
       Adds the file MaterialIcons-Regular.eot"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 143258 bytes, A
       Adds the file MaterialIcons-Regular.ijmap"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 28416 bytes, A
       Adds the file MaterialIcons-Regular.svg"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 284031 bytes, A
       Adds the file MaterialIcons-Regular.ttf"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 128180 bytes, A
       Adds the file MaterialIcons-Regular.woff"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 78776 bytes, A
       Adds the file MaterialIcons-Regular.woff2"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 42304 bytes, A
       Adds the file RobotoCondensed-Light.ttf"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 126168 bytes, A
       Adds the file RobotoCondensed-Regular.ttf"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 125332 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\images
       Adds the file icon128.png"="8/21/2018 9:02 AM, 6716 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="8/21/2018 9:02 AM, 648 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon38.png"="8/21/2018 9:02 AM, 1697 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js
       Adds the file base.js"="12/20/2016 12:26 PM, 17162 bytes, A
       Adds the file init.js"="12/1/2016 3:12 PM, 367 bytes, A
       Adds the file main.js"="5/7/2017 3:18 PM, 4457 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js\official
       Adds the file bootstrap.min.js"="12/1/2016 3:12 PM, 36874 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="12/1/2016 3:12 PM, 85660 bytes, A
       Adds the file material.min.js"="12/1/2016 3:12 PM, 62359 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\vertical
       Adds the file 440x280.jpg"="11/27/2016 6:04 PM, 74156 bytes, A
       Adds the file init.js"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 605 bytes, A
       Adds the file pop.js"="11/24/2016 6:54 PM, 2563 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh"="REG_SZ", "EB8A1F8E33B7FAA1F58AC7F420D708CB0BB37158289F0C8FB27798D03EDDED9D"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 8/21/18
Scan Time: 9:20 AM
Log File: a6cc2e94-a512-11e8-aeb7-00ffdcc6fdfc.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.5.1.2522
Components Version: 1.0.391
Update Package Version: 1.0.6433
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 251937
Threats Detected: 51
Threats Quarantined: 51
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 55 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: 11
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js\official, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\vertical, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\images, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\PJKKNAMHDAKBEEEMGNONJJIECAOIAAEH, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\INDEXEDDB\https_gomovix.onesignal.com_0.indexeddb.leveldb, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\INDEXEDDB\https_gomovix.os.tc_0.indexeddb.leveldb, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433

File: 40
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\material-icons.css, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\MaterialIcons-Regular.eot, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\MaterialIcons-Regular.ijmap, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\MaterialIcons-Regular.svg, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\MaterialIcons-Regular.ttf, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\MaterialIcons-Regular.woff, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\MaterialIcons-Regular.woff2, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\RobotoCondensed-Light.ttf, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\fonts\RobotoCondensed-Regular.ttf, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\css\style.css, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\images\icon128.png, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\images\icon16.png, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\images\icon38.png, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js\official\bootstrap.min.js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js\official\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js\official\material.min.js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js\base.js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js\init.js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\js\main.js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\vertical\440x280.jpg, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\vertical\init.js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\vertical\pop.js, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjkknamhdakbeeemgnonjjiecaoiaaeh\1.0.2_0\popup.html, Quarantined, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.WowMovix, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [2481], [349147],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.onesignal.com_0.indexeddb.leveldb\000003.log, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.onesignal.com_0.indexeddb.leveldb\CURRENT, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.onesignal.com_0.indexeddb.leveldb\LOCK, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.onesignal.com_0.indexeddb.leveldb\LOG, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.onesignal.com_0.indexeddb.leveldb\LOG.old, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.onesignal.com_0.indexeddb.leveldb\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.os.tc_0.indexeddb.leveldb\000003.log, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.os.tc_0.indexeddb.leveldb\CURRENT, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.os.tc_0.indexeddb.leveldb\LOCK, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.os.tc_0.indexeddb.leveldb\LOG, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.os.tc_0.indexeddb.leveldb\LOG.old, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433
PUP.Optional.Movix, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\IndexedDB\https_gomovix.os.tc_0.indexeddb.leveldb\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, [1934], [510028],1.0.6433

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)

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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