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What is AllConvertersSearches?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AllConvertersSearches 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 AllConvertersSearches?

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

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and this changed setting:

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did AllConvertersSearches 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 AllConvertersSearches?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this search hijacker.

  • 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 AllConvertersSearches?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes AllConvertersSearches 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 AllConvertersSearches 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://feed.allconverterssearches.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=allconverterssearches&barcodeid=577320000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> AllConvertersSearches
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.allconverterssearches.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (AllConvertersSearches) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja [2020-09-09]

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\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 2192 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="7/20/2020 12:24 PM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="7/20/2020 12:24 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 3376 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 446 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 1743 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="7/20/2020 12:24 PM, 514722 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="7/20/2020 12:24 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja
       Adds the file 000003.log"="9/9/2020 8:56 AM, 564 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja
       Adds the file AllConvertersSearches.ico"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 167285 bytes, A
       Adds the file AllConvertersSearches.ico.md5"="9/9/2020 8:48 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja"="REG_SZ", "3349E6D1483E912A5BB77E843425BBA13E736BD6961AAC260B551D5D6C37F51C"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/9/20
Scan Time: 9:00 AM
Log File: 34c75592-f26a-11ea-82f1-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.2.0.82
Components Version: 1.0.1036
Update Package Version: 1.0.29615
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: 231404
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 31 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
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\PLJANBOFKPNFKKPGPFHMBADCDFEEPNJA, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, 1.0.29615, , ame, , , 

File: 8
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15289, 799722, , , , , AA8BE855CB9E7DD2422A97677F911AF8, 359A6013966E178B62408CDF41C20596AC2B6171B99499732E61A79C52FC6691
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15289, 799722, , , , , 698E6D8B4C1612B5EF13AF3C099A4518, C4046F94171AF85B493F6245680029E6E507EDD5A617B802E8BD9E7B01C5C624
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\000003.log, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, , , , , D1A212533ACAB8977D7882BAEBED38B4, 9A7B10EFCA7FAD3FFE4D43A0C46BA15D58760209073D5C0B4A8AB0E64DAAC5AC
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\LOCK, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\LOG, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, , , , , 3F20D00C9CFD66B9EF68A93A7CA6015E, F728D6421F7FDC14512EFA4664DB4C0228E1B80EB21CE119A052A0FE7C3BAAE4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\pljanbofkpnfkkpgpfhmbadcdfeepnja\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\PLJANBOFKPNFKKPGPFHMBADCDFEEPNJA\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15289, 799722, 1.0.29615, , ame, , EE4BC9648E94863DC7D5BFCB00B8E578, 3F9E539B4849BCC77DB6DDEFB13204CEF82815E96092E3BA94205EC5ADBB9832

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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