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What is Kalox APP?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Kalox APP 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.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Kalox APP?

You may see this browser extension:

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these warnings during install:

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

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this new page when you open a new tab:

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Note the extra o in the address

How did Kalox APP 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 Kalox APP?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
[Mindspark only]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 Kalox APP?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Kalox APP completely.
  • If your browsers have been hijacked, you should read our Restore Browser page. You can read there how to fix additional browser redirect methods.

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 Kalox APP 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 Extension: (Kalox APP) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf [2020-06-26]

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\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\2.2_0
       Adds the file background.js"="6/24/2020 10:40 AM, 1261 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 1313 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\2.2_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 1287 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/24/2020 10:56 AM, 2361 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\2.2_0\assets\icons\app_icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 12346 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 520 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 3091 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\2.2_0\assets\icons\ba_icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 1228 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 167 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 483 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\2.2_0\lib
       Adds the file jquery-3.5.1.min.js"="6/24/2020 10:56 AM, 92195 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf
       Adds the file 000003.log"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 51 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="6/26/2020 9:00 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="6/26/2020 8:54 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf"="REG_SZ", "491B0E3251552A64571455289CABCD63AF1970841996537C454D68BC4BA23544"

Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 6/26/20
Scan Time: 9:06 AM
Log File: 85f65c76-b77b-11ea-ad40-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.1.0.56
Components Version: 1.0.955
Update Package Version: 1.0.26037
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: 232137
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 6 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.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\PGMOIDAOCLDLIGPPDKAIMFDENJFHAHLF, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, 1.0.26037, , ame, 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15195, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15195, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\000003.log, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\LOCK, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\LOG, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pgmoidaocldligppdkaimfdenjfhahlf\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\PGMOIDAOCLDLIGPPDKAIMFDENJFHAHLF\2.2_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15195, 832194, 1.0.26037, , 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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