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What is Niux APP?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Niux APP 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 Niux APP?

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

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and this new header for your search results:

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did Niux 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 Niux APP?

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 Niux APP?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Niux APP 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 Niux APP 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 Extension: (Niux APP) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh [2020-07-28]

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\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\1.4_0
       Adds the file background.js"="6/19/2020 1:02 AM, 4614 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 1223 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\1.4_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/21/2020 1:24 PM, 2237 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\1.4_0\assets\icons\app_icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 12346 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 520 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 3091 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\1.4_0\assets\icons\ba_icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 1228 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 167 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 483 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh
       Adds the file 000003.log"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 51 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="7/28/2020 1:49 PM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="7/28/2020 1:44 PM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh"="REG_SZ", "A772E416559924BF22E796E0AB5DD234CB752F75FAFF9353531B40C044B5EACD"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 7/28/20
Scan Time: 1:54 PM
Log File: 12923892-d0c9-11ea-b8cd-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.1.2.73
Components Version: 1.0.990
Update Package Version: 1.0.27585
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: 231507
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 52 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|pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh, Quarantined, 15190, 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\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh, Quarantined, 15190, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\PCOCNCAPGAIBFCJMKKALOPEFMMCEFLNH, Quarantined, 15190, 832194, 1.0.27585, , ame, 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15190, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15190, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\000003.log, Quarantined, 15190, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15190, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\LOCK, Quarantined, 15190, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\LOG, Quarantined, 15190, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pcocncapgaibfcjmkkalopefmmceflnh\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15190, 832194, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\PCOCNCAPGAIBFCJMKKALOPEFMMCEFLNH\1.4_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15190, 832194, 1.0.27585, , 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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