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What is Wise Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Wise Search 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 Wise Search?

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


and these warnings during install:




You will see this icon in your Chrome menu-bar:


and this changed setting:


How did Wise Search get on my computer?

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


after a redirect from another install:


How do I remove Wise 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 Wise Search?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Wise 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 Wise Search hijacker. It would have blocked their notifications service, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.



Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:


CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://www.blpsearch.com/search?sid=844&itype=u&src=ds&p={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> BLPSearch
CHR Extension: (Wise Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg [2019-02-25]

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\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0
       Adds the file Archive created by free jZipFree.url"="1/29/2018 4:23 PM, 58 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="2/25/2019 9:02 AM, 1746 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="2/25/2019 9:02 AM, 626 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="12/5/2018 7:50 AM, 1920 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\icons
       Adds the file checker.gif"="12/5/2018 7:49 AM, 43 bytes, A
       Adds the file WiseSearch-128.png"="2/25/2019 9:02 AM, 7338 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\js
       Adds the file background.js"="12/5/2018 7:49 AM, 12841 bytes, A
       Adds the file brand.js"="12/5/2018 7:49 AM, 470 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg"="REG_SZ", "F5AABE20B1B4669A79883FEC551FD35F40C2F297A22FE4C8A538174E715B828E"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/25/19
Scan Time: 9:17 AM
Log File: d0c218ed-38d5-11e9-b5e1-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.538
Update Package Version: 1.0.9424
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: 235877
Threats Detected: 17
Threats Quarantined: 17
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 44 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.BlpSearch.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 5
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\icons, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\js, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FNMNMFNFJOJBGINNABGIAEGHCGLJCIMG\1.0.844.419_0, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424

File: 11
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FNMNMFNFJOJBGINNABGIAEGHCGLJCIMG\1.0.844.419_0\JS\BRAND.JS, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\icons\checker.gif, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\icons\WiseSearch-128.png, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\js\background.js, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\Archive created by free jZipFree.url, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fnmnmfnfjojbginnabgiaeghcgljcimg\1.0.844.419_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [14598], [443081],1.0.9424
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [403], [496134],1.0.9424

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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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