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What is iGames Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that iGames 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.

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

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

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and this warning during install:

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and these signs after the install is complete:

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

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How did iGames Search get on my computer?

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

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through the webstore:

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How do I remove iGames 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 iGames Search?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes iGames 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 iGames Search hijacker. It would have blocked the website, 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://games.searchalgo.com/go/?category=web&s=igds&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> iGames
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.searchalgo.com/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (iGames Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo [2018-10-26]

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\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0
       Adds the file background.js"="9/19/2016 4:10 PM, 9352 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="10/26/2018 8:57 AM, 2013 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="10/26/2018 8:57 AM, 3888 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/19/2016 5:37 PM, 3071 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about
       Adds the file index.html"="9/18/2016 2:11 PM, 2517 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\css
       Adds the file style.css"="9/18/2016 2:11 PM, 3882 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img
       Adds the file close.png"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 1109 bytes, A
       Adds the file dislike.png"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 195 bytes, A
       Adds the file like.png"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 181 bytes, A
       Adds the file open.png"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 86 bytes, A
       Adds the file search.jpg"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 117780 bytes, A
       Adds the file setting.png"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 322 bytes, A
       Adds the file share.png"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 262 bytes, A
       Adds the file type.png"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 230 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\js
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="9/11/2016 10:32 AM, 85660 bytes, A
       Adds the file main.js"="9/18/2016 12:03 PM, 5106 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="10/26/2018 8:57 AM, 6668 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="10/26/2018 8:57 AM, 593 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo"="REG_SZ", "0F8FCDD79B721DDBC6888B8EEF0D0A1BB4C4468DE407703B8ECCCBBDBDB36F9C"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/26/18
Scan Time: 8:46 AM
Log File: d949548a-d8ea-11e8-8d82-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.6.1.2711
Components Version: 1.0.463
Update Package Version: 1.0.7537
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: 238185
Threats Detected: 31
Threats Quarantined: 31
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 45 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: 1
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 8
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\css, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\js, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\icons, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\ODJNFOEJHGFGPIAIINJONPLJPBIDCIEO, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537

File: 22
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\ODJNFOEJHGFGPIAIINJONPLJPBIDCIEO\1.0.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\css\style.css, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img\close.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img\dislike.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img\like.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img\open.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img\search.jpg, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img\setting.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img\share.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\img\type.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\js\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\js\main.js, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\about\index.html, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.IEnjoyApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odjnfoejhgfgpiaiinjonpljpbidcieo\1.0.0_0\background.js, Quarantined, [14254], [443085],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [334], [454816],1.0.7537
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [334], [454816],1.0.7537

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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