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What is Search Selector?

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

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 Search Selector get on my computer?

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

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How do I remove Search Selector?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  • Please download Malwarebytes for Windows to your desktop.
  • Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  • Click on the Get started button.
  • Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  • When the scan is finished click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  • Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Search Selector?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Search Selector completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 

CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://selected-search.com/search?q={searchTerms}&
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> ss
CHR Extension: (Search Selector) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip [2019-11-13]

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\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0
       Adds the file About.pdf"="9/11/2019 12:31 PM, 62988 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="11/13/2019 9:00 AM, 1938 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="11/13/2019 9:01 AM, 12000 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/11/2019 12:28 PM, 4525 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\css
       Adds the file popup.css"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 124 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\html
       Adds the file popup.html"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 1007 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\engines
       Adds the file bing.png"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 16569 bytes, A
       Adds the file google.png"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 21125 bytes, A
       Adds the file yahoo.png"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 49488 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128.png"="11/13/2019 9:00 AM, 4052 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16.png"="11/13/2019 9:00 AM, 468 bytes, A
       Adds the file 256.png"="11/13/2019 9:00 AM, 9206 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32.png"="11/13/2019 9:00 AM, 991 bytes, A
       Adds the file 48.png"="11/13/2019 9:00 AM, 1816 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64.png"="11/13/2019 9:00 AM, 2141 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs
       Adds the file jquery.autocomplete.js"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 33061 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery.js"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 247597 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\css
       Adds the file bootstrap.css"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 146082 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\fonts
       Adds the file glyphicons-halflings-regular.eot"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 20127 bytes, A
       Adds the file glyphicons-halflings-regular.svg"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 108738 bytes, A
       Adds the file glyphicons-halflings-regular.ttf"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 45404 bytes, A
       Adds the file glyphicons-halflings-regular.woff"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 23424 bytes, A
       Adds the file glyphicons-halflings-regular.woff2"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 18028 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\js
       Adds the file bootstrap.js"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 68954 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="9/11/2019 12:33 PM, 1320 bytes, A
       Adds the file consts.js"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 871 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.js"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 341 bytes, A
       Adds the file utils.js"="9/11/2019 10:34 AM, 3018 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip"="REG_SZ", "C28C0190CA7F6DA54CAC043EB51AE06F71D667D55D5CB4A3962FD7EEC36A64BC"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 11/13/19
Scan Time: 9:13 AM
Log File: 6f9c8af8-05ed-11ea-b5b8-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.0.4.49
Components Version: 1.0.718
Update Package Version: 1.0.14864
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: 233922
Threats Detected: 46
Threats Quarantined: 46
Time Elapsed: 5 min, 32 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
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.SelectedSearch, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 14
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\fonts, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\css, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\js, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\engines, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\icons, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\scripts, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\html, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\css, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\EGENICDIAFGBHOGABODHPFCBCGNPOCIP, Quarantined, 281, 757187, 1.0.14864, , ame, 

File: 31
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\EGENICDIAFGBHOGABODHPFCBCGNPOCIP\2.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 281, 757187, 1.0.14864, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\css\popup.css, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\html\popup.html, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\engines\bing.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\engines\google.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\engines\yahoo.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\icons\128.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\icons\16.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\icons\256.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\icons\32.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\icons\48.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\images\icons\64.png, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\css\bootstrap.css, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\fonts\glyphicons-halflings-regular.eot, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\fonts\glyphicons-halflings-regular.svg, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\fonts\glyphicons-halflings-regular.ttf, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\fonts\glyphicons-halflings-regular.woff, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\fonts\glyphicons-halflings-regular.woff2, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\bootstrap\js\bootstrap.js, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\jquery.autocomplete.js, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\libs\jquery.js, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\scripts\background.js, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\scripts\consts.js, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\scripts\popup.js, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\scripts\utils.js, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\egenicdiafgbhogabodhpfcbcgnpocip\2.0_0\About.pdf, Quarantined, 281, 757187, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SelectedSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 281, 757186, 1.0.14864, , ame, 

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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