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What is Movies Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Movies Search 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 one also displays advertisements.

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

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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this changed setting:

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this menu when you start to use the search extension:

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and you will see this icon in your Chrome menu-bar:

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How did Movies Search get on my computer?

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

How do I remove Movies 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 Movies Search?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Movies Search 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 Movies Search hijacker. It would have blocked the site promoting the extension, 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 DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://search.mymedianetnow.com/search/?category=web&s=33ds&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Movies Search
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.mymedianetnow.com/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (Movies Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee [2018-08-23]

Alterations 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\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0
       Adds the file EULA.txt"="12/25/2017 4:36 PM, 9920 bytes, A
       Adds the file init.js"="12/25/2017 4:36 PM, 8779 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="11/30/2017 2:33 PM, 85660 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="8/23/2018 8:57 AM, 1953 bytes, A
       Adds the file privacy-policy.txt"="12/25/2017 4:36 PM, 6741 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="8/23/2018 8:57 AM, 1626 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="12/25/2017 4:36 PM, 1975 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\images
       Adds the file icon128.png"="8/23/2018 8:57 AM, 11049 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="8/23/2018 8:57 AM, 709 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee"="REG_SZ", "544849ACA18C7D587B08BF13C2193F8438348507517DCE5B46F5D94D212A4BCB"

Malwarebytes log:
 

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 8/23/18
Scan Time: 9:03 AM
Log File: 9246ad83-a6a2-11e8-845d-00ffdcc6fdfc.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.5.1.2522
Components Version: 1.0.391
Update Package Version: 1.0.6465
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: 252645
Threats Detected: 15
Threats Quarantined: 15
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 47 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: 4
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\images, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\EHAJNNPLICDLMALBLKGPKHHBOGKBMIEE, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465

File: 11
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\EHAJNNPLICDLMALBLKGPKHHBOGKBMIEE\1.0.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\images\icon128.png, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\images\icon16.png, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\EULA.txt, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\init.js, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465
PUP.Optional.MyMediaNetNow.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ehajnnplicdlmalblkgpkhhbogkbmiee\1.0.0_0\privacy-policy.txt, Quarantined, [14229], [479530],1.0.6465

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 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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