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What is Movie Browsing?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Movie Browsing 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 Movie Browsing?

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 Browsing 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 Browsing?

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 Browsing?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Movie Browsing 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 Browsing 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://movie.searchmedia.online/search/?category=web&s=b7ds&vert=movie&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Movie Browsing
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.searchmedia.online/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (Movie Browsing) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn [2019-04-09]

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\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0
       Adds the file background.js"="9/2/2018 5:45 PM, 8530 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 2189 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 1534 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/2/2018 5:55 PM, 2152 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\browser_action
       Adds the file browser_action.html"="8/13/2018 11:32 AM, 2239 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\browser_action\js
       Adds the file main.js"="9/2/2018 5:48 PM, 366 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 1279 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 156 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon38.png"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 674 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\js\jquery
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="8/12/2018 10:26 AM, 83100 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn"="REG_SZ", "2015A096A0629629BF1D8B5473A19A12CF47FE04421D6FB686E552E5C60F02CB"

Malwarebytes log:
 

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
---------------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0
       Adds the file background.js"="9/2/2018 5:45 PM, 8530 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 2189 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 1534 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/2/2018 5:55 PM, 2152 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\browser_action
       Adds the file browser_action.html"="8/13/2018 11:32 AM, 2239 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\browser_action\js
       Adds the file main.js"="9/2/2018 5:48 PM, 366 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 1279 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 156 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon38.png"="4/9/2019 10:53 AM, 674 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn\1.0.0_0\js\jquery
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="8/12/2018 10:26 AM, 83100 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "cpphicholibkljkoddjfoiphjpccmhkn"="REG_SZ", "2015A096A0629629BF1D8B5473A19A12CF47FE04421D6FB686E552E5C60F02CB"

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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