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What is MediaNewPage?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MediaNewPage is a search 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 MediaNewPage?

You may see these browser extensions:

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and these warnings during install:

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You will see this newtab page:

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and this changed setting:

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How did MediaNewPage get on my computer?

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

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and the Chrome extension from the webstore:

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How do I remove MediaNewPage?

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 MediaNewPage?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes MediaNewPage 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 MediaNewPage hijacker. It would have blocked their 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:

 

FF Extension: No Name - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\{24912aaa-d0e6-468f-ae3b-bc30c6cf208f}.xpi [2018-11-21]
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://search.medianewpagesearch.com/?src=MediaNewPage_ds&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> keyword.MediaNewPage
CHR Extension: (MediaNewPage) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn [2018-11-21]

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\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0
       Adds the file background.js"="12/12/2017 11:43 AM, 4132 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo.png"="11/21/2018 10:25 AM, 11039 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="11/21/2018 10:25 AM, 2189 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest_ff.json"="12/12/2017 11:43 AM, 1021 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="3/28/2017 9:56 AM, 555 bytes, A
       Adds the file redirect.html"="3/28/2017 9:56 AM, 52 bytes, A
       Adds the file redirect.js"="12/12/2017 11:43 AM, 1188 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="11/21/2018 10:25 AM, 609 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="12/12/2017 11:52 AM, 1959 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file {24912aaa-d0e6-468f-ae3b-bc30c6cf208f}.xpi"="11/21/2018 10:21 AM, 22717 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn"="REG_SZ", "EC3A588AD11CADF6B1DD7602E5865D3FCEB9CC814FB3E1464A872EBFADCEDC21"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 11/21/18
Scan Time: 10:32 AM
Log File: 59b7d3dd-ed70-11e8-a2a6-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.6.1.2711
Components Version: 1.0.482
Update Package Version: 1.0.7947
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: 237743
Threats Detected: 17
Threats Quarantined: 17
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 18 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.Imali.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\KGMKOAJCBBJAOBDBMCNHKPPMPNEJJPKN, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947

File: 13
PUP.Optional.MediaNewTab, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}.default\EXTENSIONS\{24912AAA-D0E6-468F-AE3B-BC30C6CF208F}.XPI, Quarantined, [4683], [510037],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\KGMKOAJCBBJAOBDBMCNHKPPMPNEJJPKN\0.8_0\REDIRECT.JS, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\background.js, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\logo.png, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\manifest_ff.json, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\popup.html, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kgmkoajcbbjaobdbmcnhkppmpnejjpkn\0.8_0\redirect.html, Quarantined, [4618], [443118],1.0.7947
PUP.Optional.MediaNewPage, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [334], [493548],1.0.7947

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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