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What is Mega Music Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Mega Music 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 Mega Music 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 Mega Music 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 Mega Music 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 Mega Music Search?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Mega Music 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 Malwarebytes Browser Guard, and the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Mega Music Search 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://music.globalappz.live/search/?category=web&s=c8ds&vert=music&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Mega Music Search
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.globalappz.live/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (Mega Music Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic [2019-10-02]

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\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0
       Adds the file background.js"="6/20/2019 12:14 PM, 4976 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="10/2/2019 11:55 AM, 2121 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="10/2/2019 11:55 AM, 3695 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/20/2019 12:19 PM, 2899 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action
       Adds the file browser_action.html"="6/3/2019 2:28 PM, 2239 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action\js
       Adds the file main.js"="6/3/2019 2:28 PM, 365 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="10/2/2019 11:55 AM, 5091 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="10/2/2019 11:55 AM, 693 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon38.png"="10/2/2019 11:55 AM, 1859 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare
       Adds the file close.png"="6/3/2019 2:28 PM, 1920 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate.jpg"="6/3/2019 2:28 PM, 102155 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate1.png"="6/3/2019 2:28 PM, 12334 bytes, A
       Adds the file share.jpg"="6/3/2019 2:28 PM, 17633 bytes, A
       Adds the file share1.png"="6/3/2019 2:28 PM, 4466 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js
       Adds the file rate.js"="6/5/2019 11:08 AM, 3519 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js\jquery
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="6/3/2019 2:28 PM, 83100 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic"="REG_SZ", "7ACA3B6E770B0F09CB18E64775772FC3B96EF287099AB00D616622E254752544"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/2/19
Scan Time: 12:11 PM
Log File: fd87ff08-e4fc-11e9-843f-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.8.3.2965
Components Version: 1.0.613
Update Package Version: 1.0.12733
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: 234908
Threats Detected: 31
Threats Quarantined: 31
Time Elapsed: 11 min, 4 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.GlobalAppz, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 10
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action\js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js\jquery, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JGOFJIIALCPBONGKNPJKLLIPMECBKCIC, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733

File: 20
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action\js\main.js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action\browser_action.html, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons\icon38.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\close.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\rate.jpg, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\rate1.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\share.jpg, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\share1.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js\jquery\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js\rate.js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\background.js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [321], [635021],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [321], [635021],1.0.12733

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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