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What is FlixSearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that FlixSearch 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.
This particular one closes your search tab and uses the browsing history permission to open a new tab to run your search query on their own site.

How do I know if my computer is affected by FlixSearch?

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

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did FlixSearch 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 FlixSearch?

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 FlixSearch?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes FlixSearch 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 FlixSearch 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: (FlixSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl [2020-09-17]

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\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl\6.2.2_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="9/17/2020 8:51 AM, 1080 bytes, A
       Adds the file sr.js"="7/14/2020 11:11 PM, 7296 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl\6.2.2_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="9/17/2020 8:51 AM, 396 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="7/14/2020 11:11 PM, 1637 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl\6.2.2_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="9/17/2020 8:51 AM, 2188 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="9/17/2020 8:51 AM, 253 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl
       Adds the file 000003.log"="9/17/2020 8:56 AM, 368 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="9/17/2020 8:51 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="9/17/2020 8:51 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="9/17/2020 8:51 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="9/17/2020 8:51 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl"="REG_SZ", "5A18AF943B9E77E3D1DDE042EC3C9C31528AA27E7039EF3C99B0E122AE3D1FB7"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/17/20
Scan Time: 9:07 AM
Log File: 68197baa-f8b4-11ea-ab21-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.2.0.82
Components Version: 1.0.1036
Update Package Version: 1.0.29965
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: 231547
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 5 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.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, , , , , , 

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\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\IHMNNELDIJAAABJFIPOOGHCCAEKKPMNL, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, 1.0.29965, , ame, , , 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15324, 836150, , , , , BD705C64FA36ACCBD9C04948ADC31D98, 88E4CB689D3DA623249A9D1279A3782146241BA93524F8EF55DD8444BD401E60
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15324, 836150, , , , , 99C11045C678A4C3DCDEDCC12E29D335, 1709EC004B36E6E0B60ADB4AC739DDFEC48F989A9BEAEED63902CE5B5F9BC667
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl\000003.log, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, , , , , 9E1AA0BBDBAF9F65BD5382D7346F7921, B3A806DD5585FCBF2AB62E4C4E9B95FAC8F4555E9D46ADE2A91AE048E99519BF
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl\LOCK, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl\LOG, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, , , , , D7720985DB192F82F31FAECE5DC46A0D, 52106C6D0F13101FC8F25E30883433EDD882EBBA397B15F6A11F67BEF7C6E5F4
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ihmnneldijaaabjfipooghccaekkpmnl\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\IHMNNELDIJAAABJFIPOOGHCCAEKKPMNL\6.2.2_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15324, 836150, 1.0.29965, , ame, , C3464E2DAE3B34F2623FD10463A132ED, 19C556B7B12AE2D5F8CF26EB5E91CB1087F772DD50CA19CF73C599B5F0B81B53

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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