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What is StreaminSearchs?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that StreaminSearchs 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 is a search hijacker and uses web push notifications.

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

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

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and these warnings during install:

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and these changed settings:

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How did StreaminSearchs 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 StreaminSearchs?

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 StreaminSearchs?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes StreaminSearchs completely.
  • If you have allowed the notifications you can read here how to disable them.

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, as well as Browser Guard would have protected you against the StreaminSearchs hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop before it became too late.
 

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 

CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.streaminsearchs.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=streaminsearchs&barcodeid=576110000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> StreaminSearchs
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.streaminsearchs.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (StreaminSearchs) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk [2020-09-21]

Alterations made by the installer:
 

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
---------------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 2120 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/16/2020 2:51 PM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="6/16/2020 2:51 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 8891 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 709 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 4407 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="6/16/2020 2:51 PM, 514626 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="6/16/2020 2:51 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk
       Adds the file 000003.log"="9/21/2020 8:58 AM, 469 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="9/21/2020 8:55 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk
       Adds the file StreaminSearchs.ico"="9/21/2020 8:56 AM, 210404 bytes, A
       Adds the file StreaminSearchs.ico.md5"="9/21/2020 8:56 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk"="REG_SZ", "8175E4DE5CC8F3E0242C918FCDA2C2BAB7E6F9F05E534ACDC97F128B40E15DBE"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/21/20
Scan Time: 9:05 AM
Log File: e55e22b0-fbd8-11ea-a8d5-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.2.1.89
Components Version: 1.0.1045
Update Package Version: 1.0.30179
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: 231595
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 8 min, 30 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|clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk, Quarantined, 15339, 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\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk, Quarantined, 15339, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CLHGICLNNFJJEEDKLOEMEFPADDDJNBFK, Quarantined, 15339, 799722, 1.0.30179, , ame, , , 

File: 8
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15339, 799722, , , , , A0B9F5D84CAB1E5FC0B0E8655B2C2A64, 2C340B415AE15FE0CA030C06F1F4536C8C4A17685134281DD83CDF03E651E67D
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15339, 799722, , , , , 014FA4DF99CDE183BE99BF100CE86099, 599979BFA8726794151EF76E3BFA82F14A470B904484C38E2A4FFF490ABADB98
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\000003.log, Quarantined, 15339, 799722, , , , , DBDEC92F0699D1D9670CA4AF2A29B789, 384D6B0FDA3E832A6EE64FC27C97A53080E1469E4BFD9B9D55DF9FD8F2110AF9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15339, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\LOCK, Quarantined, 15339, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\LOG, Quarantined, 15339, 799722, , , , , 17EE436EE0AF315791A063B70ED1430C, BFA874C9CAE8D78579BFE7D9BB9ADB215A8EBB44206C4A00A24176A1C3A9B0E9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\clhgiclnnfjjeedkloemefpadddjnbfk\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15339, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CLHGICLNNFJJEEDKLOEMEFPADDDJNBFK\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15339, 799722, 1.0.30179, , ame, , E01E0FF9187D293AC8CBA1B9D3908503, 91FB61AD2BF2AE71C2A9798F3E8D6F0FE75FA62003646ACE18D46B5047334BB0

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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