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What is Music Kingdom?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Music Kingdom 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 uses notifications to show advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Music Kingdom?

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 Music Kingdom 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 Music Kingdom?

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 Music Kingdom?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Music Kingdom completely.
  • If you have allowed the notifications you can read here how to disable them.

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 Music Kingdom hijacker. It would have blocked their website, 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 -> hxxp://music.splendidsearch.com/search/?category=web&s=e7ds&vert=music&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Music Kingdom
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.splendidsearch.com/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (Music Kingdom) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb [2019-07-01]

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\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0
       Adds the file background.js"="6/30/2019 1:59 PM, 3417 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="7/1/2019 8:52 AM, 2043 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="7/1/2019 8:52 AM, 3760 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/30/2019 1:58 PM, 3016 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\browser_action
       Adds the file browser_action.html"="8/13/2018 8:32 AM, 2239 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\browser_action\js
       Adds the file main.js"="8/13/2018 11:46 AM, 365 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="7/1/2019 8:52 AM, 3969 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="7/1/2019 8:52 AM, 365 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon38.png"="7/1/2019 8:52 AM, 1255 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images
       Adds the file icon128.png"="1/2/2019 1:13 PM, 2950 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare
       Adds the file close.png"="1/1/2018 4:27 PM, 1920 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate.jpg"="1/1/2018 4:27 PM, 102155 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate1.png"="1/1/2018 4:27 PM, 12334 bytes, A
       Adds the file share.jpg"="1/1/2018 4:27 PM, 17633 bytes, A
       Adds the file share1.png"="1/1/2018 4:27 PM, 4466 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\js
       Adds the file rate.js"="6/30/2019 2:00 PM, 3609 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\js\jquery
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="8/12/2018 7:26 AM, 83100 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb"="REG_SZ", "B0602AB6023BD45F614B7B3A68B247C16EF55A64A8B5FAB2FCC13A9D151A9FB5"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 7/1/19
Scan Time: 1:06 PM
Log File: 55207340-9bf0-11e9-b39d-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.7.1.2839
Components Version: 1.0.586
Update Package Version: 1.0.11338
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: 236294
Threats Detected: 32
Threats Quarantined: 32
Time Elapsed: 8 min, 3 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.SplendidSearch, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 10
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\browser_action\js, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\browser_action, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\js\jquery, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\icons, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\js, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\MCAHNHFOBNJIDFPHONEMMFBINOHHECCB, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338

File: 21
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\MCAHNHFOBNJIDFPHONEMMFBINOHHECCB\1.0.1_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\browser_action\js\main.js, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\browser_action\browser_action.html, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\icons\icon38.png, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\close.png, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\rate.jpg, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\rate1.png, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\share.jpg, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images\rateshare\share1.png, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\images\icon128.png, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\js\jquery\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\js\rate.js, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mcahnhfobnjidfphonemmfbinohheccb\1.0.1_0\background.js, Quarantined, [393], [702909],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [393], [702905],1.0.11338
PUP.Optional.SplendidSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [393], [702905],1.0.11338

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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