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What is Movie Goat Default Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Movie Goat Default 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.
This particular one is a search hijacker and shows web push notifications like these.

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How do I know if my computer is affected by Movie Goat Default Search?

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 Movie Goat Default Search 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 Movie Goat Default 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 Movie Goat Default Search?

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

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 

CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.moviegoat.com/?st=ds&q={searchTerms}&publisher=moviegoat_ds&barcodeid=517890000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> MovieGoat Search
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.moviegoat.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (MovieGoat  Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd [2019-03-27]

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\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0
       Adds the file closer.js"="9/13/2017 11:07 AM, 15 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="3/27/2019 8:57 AM, 2216 bytes, A
       Adds the file tab.html"="9/13/2017 11:07 AM, 165 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="3/27/2019 8:57 AM, 957 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="1/15/2019 8:07 AM, 2253 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="3/27/2019 8:57 AM, 11020 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="3/27/2019 8:57 AM, 749 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32x32.png"="3/27/2019 8:57 AM, 1933 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="5/4/2017 8:48 AM, 6358 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="1/17/2019 2:22 PM, 31682 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="5/15/2017 3:28 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Platform Notifications
       Adds the file 000003.log"="3/27/2019 8:59 AM, 10310 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="3/27/2019 8:56 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="3/27/2019 8:56 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="3/27/2019 8:56 AM, 150 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="3/27/2019 8:56 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd
       Adds the file Movie Goat Default Search.ico"="3/27/2019 8:57 AM, 205018 bytes, A
       Adds the file Movie Goat Default Search.ico.md5"="3/27/2019 8:57 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd"="REG_SZ", "297A2C245E52DB7F7516529FD39694BAD4445EC25193D1485FE69D38CEEDE944"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/27/19
Scan Time: 9:08 AM
Log File: 7220c3fd-5067-11e9-ba89-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.7.1.2839
Components Version: 1.0.563
Update Package Version: 1.0.9874
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: 235692
Threats Detected: 20
Threats Quarantined: 20
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 41 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.MovieGoat, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 6
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\images\icons, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\scripts, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\images, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JJPFMIAOIMOLNFDFOBIJFEAGCIOONCDD, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874

File: 13
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JJPFMIAOIMOLNFDFOBIJFEAGCIOONCDD\3.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\images\icons\128x128.png, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\images\icons\16x16.png, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\images\icons\32x32.png, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\images\icons\64x64.png, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\scripts\background.js, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\scripts\sitecontent.js, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\closer.js, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874
PUP.Optional.MovieGoat, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jjpfmiaoimolnfdfobijfeagciooncdd\3.1.0_0\tab.html, Quarantined, [2522], [375520],1.0.9874

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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