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What is SecuryBrowse for Chrome?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that SecuryBrowse for Chrome 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 SecuryBrowse for Chrome?

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 SecuryBrowse for Chrome 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 their website:

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How do I remove SecuryBrowse for Chrome?

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 SecuryBrowse for Chrome?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes SecuryBrowse for Chrome 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 SecuryBrowse for Chrome 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://search.securybrowse.com/?dss&yh&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> securyBrowse
CHR Extension: (securyBrowse) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak [2019-01-30]

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\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0
       Adds the file extenv.js"="4/10/2018 10:24 AM, 1444 bytes, A
       Adds the file init.js"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 4097 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 2142 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 2767 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.js"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 2092 bytes, A
       Adds the file safeUtils.js"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 426 bytes, A
       Adds the file settings.js"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 425 bytes, A
       Adds the file wa.png"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 68 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 3117 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="4/10/2018 11:56 AM, 2985 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\external
       Adds the file jquery.js"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 86713 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 7268 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon128_warn.png"="2/22/2018 4:55 PM, 7186 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 7841 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16_warn.png"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 7224 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo_med.png"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 9363 bytes, A
       Adds the file scanbg.png"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 32861 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\js
       Adds the file background.js"="3/11/2018 3:35 PM, 10961 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak
       Adds the file 000003.log"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="1/30/2019 9:59 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak"="REG_SZ", "C2FCA386A1E7A4F36E9487E83FC19B1C4A345AF0A14D5261275CD4493B493FDD"

Malwarebytes log:
 

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 1/30/19
Scan Time: 10:08 AM
Log File: a5055c76-246e-11e9-a29e-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.6.1.2711
Components Version: 1.0.482
Update Package Version: 1.0.9032
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: 235842
Threats Detected: 34
Threats Quarantined: 34
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 29 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.SecuryBrowse, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 7
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\external, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\icons, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\js, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032

File: 26
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\external\jquery.js, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\icons\icon128_warn.png, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\icons\icon16_warn.png, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\icons\logo_med.png, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\icons\scanbg.png, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\js\background.js, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\extenv.js, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\init.js, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\popup.html, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\popup.js, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\safeUtils.js, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\settings.js, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\1.3.617_0\wa.png, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\000003.log, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\CURRENT, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\LOCK, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\LOG, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fchgahponkgfomlgieipannlfanfbfak\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [259], [596810],1.0.9032
PUP.Optional.SecuryBrowse, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [259], [596810],1.0.9032

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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