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What is mixSportTV Search Plus?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that mixSportTV Search Plus 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 mixSportTV 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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You will see this icon in your Chrome menu-bar:

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and this changed setting:

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How did mixSportTV 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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after a redirect from a promotional website:

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How do I remove mixSportTV 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 mixSportTV Search Plus?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes mixSportTV 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 mixSportTV Search Plus 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:

 

CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://apps.searchalgo.com/go/?category=web&s=tmds&vert=sporttv&var=plus&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> mixSportTV Search Plus
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.searchalgo.com/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (mixSportTV Search Plus) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj [2018-11-22]

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\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0
       Adds the file background.js"="8/16/2016 10:07 AM, 8932 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="11/22/2018 10:51 AM, 2210 bytes, A
       Adds the file private.js"="8/8/2016 5:01 PM, 6396 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="11/22/2018 10:51 AM, 6261 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/15/2016 11:34 AM, 3148 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\icons
       Adds the file 38.png"="11/22/2018 10:51 AM, 3302 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon128.png"="11/22/2018 10:51 AM, 13398 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="11/22/2018 10:51 AM, 874 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\images
       Adds the file search.jpg"="8/9/2016 6:41 PM, 162449 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus
       Adds the file index.html"="8/14/2016 2:03 PM, 3139 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\css
       Adds the file style.css"="8/8/2016 6:38 PM, 3318 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\img
       Adds the file 38.png"="8/14/2016 7:13 AM, 4819 bytes, A
       Adds the file close.png"="8/8/2016 5:01 PM, 1109 bytes, A
       Adds the file dislike.png"="8/8/2016 5:01 PM, 1151 bytes, A
       Adds the file like.png"="8/8/2016 5:01 PM, 1108 bytes, A
       Adds the file search.jpg"="8/9/2016 6:41 PM, 162449 bytes, A
       Adds the file share.png"="8/8/2016 5:01 PM, 1170 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\js
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="8/8/2016 5:01 PM, 85660 bytes, A
       Adds the file main.js"="8/16/2016 10:09 AM, 3818 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj"="REG_SZ", "57E29906344AAC02E0351ECB51380610AC716AF3734C0BB56DA6A07FA8AE0670"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 11/22/18
Scan Time: 10:58 AM
Log File: 25085184-ee3d-11e8-8b0e-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.6.1.2711
Components Version: 1.0.482
Update Package Version: 1.0.7967
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: 33
Threats Quarantined: 33
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 49 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.SearchAlgo.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 9
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\css, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\img, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\js, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\images, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\icons, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FKBAKIEAAPOMJCNJDHKHCGLPOBKLEIOJ, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967

File: 23
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FKBAKIEAAPOMJCNJDHKHCGLPOBKLEIOJ\1.0.1_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\icons\38.png, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\images\search.jpg, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\css\style.css, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\img\38.png, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\img\close.png, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\img\dislike.png, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\img\like.png, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\img\search.jpg, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\img\share.png, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\js\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\js\main.js, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\Plus\index.html, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\background.js, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fkbakieaapomjcnjdhkhcglpobkleioj\1.0.1_0\private.js, Quarantined, [14396], [443230],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [340], [454816],1.0.7967
PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [340], [454816],1.0.7967

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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