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What is Flight Tab Pro?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Flight Tab Pro is a browser NewTab. These so-called "NewTabs" can 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 newtab hijacker and uses web push notifications.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Flight Tab Pro?

You may see this browser extension:

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these warnings during install:

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You may see this icon in your browsers menu-bar:

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this new startpage:

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and these new settings:

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How did Flight Tab Pro 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 Flight Tab Pro?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
You can use their own uninstall instructions first, but I would advise to follow the steps below anyway.

  • 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 Flight Tab Pro?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Flight Tab Pro 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 Flight Tab Pro hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, 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 Notifications: Default -> hxxps://flighttabpro.com
CHR NewTab: Default ->  Active:"chrome-extension://feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh/html/index.html"
CHR Extension: (Flight Tab Pro) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh [2020-02-05]

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\feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh\1.0.0.3_0
       Adds the file background.js"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 9541 bytes, A
       Adds the file contentScript.js"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 5018 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="2/5/2020 8:10 AM, 1573 bytes, A
       Adds the file misc.js"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 1733 bytes, A
       Adds the file util.js"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 5815 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh\1.0.0.3_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="2/5/2020 8:10 AM, 1425 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 2435 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh\1.0.0.3_0\distJs
       Adds the file constants.js"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 4762 bytes, A
       Adds the file distribution.js"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 1744 bytes, A
       Adds the file helper.js"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 18598 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh\1.0.0.3_0\html
       Adds the file index.html"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 156 bytes, A
       Adds the file init.js"="10/9/2019 10:10 AM, 1372 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh\1.0.0.3_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="2/5/2020 8:10 AM, 4011 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh"="REG_SZ", "D636DAB31DE24573A9C40029C5A070C78818040A1EC43C2EFE0B881647553EC2"

Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/5/20
Scan Time: 8:23 AM
Log File: 7676f858-47e8-11ea-96c9-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.0.4.49
Components Version: 1.0.810
Update Package Version: 1.0.18728
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: 235802
Threats Detected: 6
Threats Quarantined: 6
Time Elapsed: 27 min, 54 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.FlightTabPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|feokompmcbjpdcgbagmmgeflalabmkeh, Quarantined, 338, 787172, , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
PUP.Optional.FlightTabPro, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FEOKOMPMCBJPDCGBAGMMGEFLALABMKEH, Quarantined, 338, 787172, 1.0.18728, , ame, 

File: 4
PUP.Optional.FlightTabPro, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 338, 787172, , , , 
PUP.Optional.FlightTabPro, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 338, 787172, , , , 
PUP.Optional.FlightTabPro, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FEOKOMPMCBJPDCGBAGMMGEFLALABMKEH\1.0.0.3_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 338, 787172, 1.0.18728, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.FlightTabPro, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 338, 787228, 1.0.18728, , ame, 

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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