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What is 101Sweets Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that 101Sweets 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 101Sweets Search?

You may see this entry in your list of installed Chrome extensions:

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this icon in the Chrome menu-bar:

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this changed setting:

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and these warnings during install:

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How did 101Sweets 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 101Sweets Search?

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 101Sweets Search?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes 101Sweets 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 101Sweets 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 -> hxxps://services.101sweets-svc.com/search/{searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> {searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://sug.101sweets-svc.com/sug/?s={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (101Sweets) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh [2020-02-21]

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\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\1.1.19.916_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 2122 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\1.1.19.916_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 2709 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 4028 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\1.1.19.916_0\background
       Adds the file contextMenus.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 634 bytes, A
       Adds the file ext.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 4653 bytes, A
       Adds the file index.html"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 534 bytes, A
       Adds the file listeners.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 1130 bytes, A
       Adds the file omni.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 788 bytes, A
       Adds the file search.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 847 bytes, A
       Adds the file settings.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 305 bytes, A
       Adds the file startup.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 2707 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\1.1.19.916_0\icons
       Adds the file 128.png"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 14237 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16.png"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 653 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32.png"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 1728 bytes, A
       Adds the file 48.png"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 3759 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\1.1.19.916_0\options
       Adds the file options.css"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 170 bytes, A
       Adds the file options.html"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 486 bytes, A
       Adds the file options.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 134 bytes, A
       Adds the file tabContent.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 1770 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\1.1.19.916_0\popup
       Adds the file popup.css"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 309 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 644 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 297 bytes, A
       Adds the file tabContent.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 1427 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\1.1.19.916_0\prompt
       Adds the file green-up-arrow.png"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 18156 bytes, A
       Adds the file ok-green-square.png"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 28442 bytes, A
       Adds the file prompt.js"="9/17/2019 3:26 PM, 3327 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh
       Adds the file 000003.log"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 801 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="2/21/2020 8:51 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh
       Adds the file 000003.log"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 83 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="2/21/2020 8:51 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="2/21/2020 8:48 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh"="REG_SZ", "15DC3F633D7F423DA767B2F951C1591AC6D70CD8A0F9FD87039C40B492BEF22C"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/21/20
Scan Time: 8:57 AM
Log File: d560ec7c-547f-11ea-af09-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.0.4.49
Components Version: 1.0.823
Update Package Version: 1.0.19536
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: 235977
Threats Detected: 17
Threats Quarantined: 17
Time Elapsed: 37 min, 57 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.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BHBNOGOFNEBNBOCODMIJNBMOBMEAKCDH, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, 1.0.19536, , ame, 

File: 13
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\000003.log, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\LOCK, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\LOG, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\000003.log, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\LOCK, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\LOG, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , 
PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BHBNOGOFNEBNBOCODMIJNBMOBMEAKCDH\1.1.19.916_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, 1.0.19536, , 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

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