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What is Search Power?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Search Power 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 Power?

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

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this empty and namelesss icon in the Chrome menu-bar:

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this changed setting:

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did Search Power 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 Search Power?

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 Power?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Search Power 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 Search Power 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://searchpowerapp.com/results.php?p=9134&v=400&q={searchTerms}&source=default
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> spa
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://searchpowerapp.com/gjson.php?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (Secure) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick [2020-06-17]

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\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick\9.9.6_0
       Adds the file background.js"="6/16/2020 1:57 PM, 14412 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 1629 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick\9.9.6_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 388 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/16/2020 1:56 PM, 1648 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick\9.9.6_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 2188 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 88 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick
       Adds the file 000003.log"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick
       Adds the file Search Power.ico"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 162813 bytes, A
       Adds the file Search Power.ico.md5"="6/17/2020 8:58 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick"="REG_SZ", "BAB8417DE55929F87A0A6F548617687AE399F99496F0840799663028D0B32BB4"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 6/17/20
Scan Time: 9:12 AM
Log File: d6b96ad6-b069-11ea-a79a-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.1.0.56
Components Version: 1.0.931
Update Package Version: 1.0.25628
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: 231817
Threats Detected: 18
Threats Quarantined: 18
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 13 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.SearchPowerApp.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Local Extension Settings\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\OLBMKJJBHGNPKKGIHOOFENEKFIAGBICK, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, 1.0.25628, , ame, 

File: 15
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15145, 770853, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15145, 770853, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick\000003.log, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick\LOCK, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick\LOG, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\olbmkjjbhgnpkkgihoofenekfiagbick\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\OLBMKJJBHGNPKKGIHOOFENEKFIAGBICK\9.9.6_0\BACKGROUND.JS, Quarantined, 15145, 770853, 1.0.25628, , ame, 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Web Data, Replaced, 407, 460701, 1.0.25628, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Web Data, Replaced, 233, 763703, 1.0.25628, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Web Data, Replaced, 233, 763703, 1.0.25628, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 233, 763703, 1.0.25628, , ame, 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Web Data, Replaced, 407, 460701, 1.0.25628, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.SearchPowerApp, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 233, 763703, 1.0.25628, , ame, 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Web Data, Replaced, 407, 460701, 1.0.25628, , 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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