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What is Kibo web?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Kibo web 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 Kibo web?

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


You may have noticed these warnings during install:




How did Kibo web get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from the webstore:


after a redirect from their website:


How do I remove Kibo web?

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 Kibo web?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Kibo web 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, as well as the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Kibo web hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR Extension: (Kibo web) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm [2020-09-24]

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\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm\6.3.20_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="9/24/2020 10:51 AM, 1078 bytes, A
       Adds the file sr.js"="8/11/2020 2:22 PM, 7677 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm\6.3.20_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="9/24/2020 10:51 AM, 396 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/11/2020 2:20 PM, 1639 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm\6.3.20_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="9/24/2020 10:51 AM, 2188 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="9/24/2020 10:51 AM, 253 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm
       Adds the file 000003.log"="9/24/2020 10:53 AM, 224 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="9/24/2020 10:51 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="9/24/2020 10:51 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="9/24/2020 10:51 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="9/24/2020 10:51 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm"="REG_SZ", "AC7C6B435BE00921B5E0F7E51D185DC3B11DBF28F107678D931358348055359D"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/24/20
Scan Time: 10:58 AM
Log File: 1468c822-fe44-11ea-96fd-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1045
Update Package Version: 1.0.30312
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: 231653
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 54 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|fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm, Quarantined, 15355, 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\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm, Quarantined, 15355, 836150, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FGJLJJAOOIPIJNKAEJBMJCPJDNMOPOGM, Quarantined, 15355, 836150, 1.0.30312, , ame, , , 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15355, 836150, , , , , 877B871B6850FC7A3C87609257D01CBF, 3633063E89EE8563E92CA4AEAF3B91DEF3C8C970427300CD47EC08CA7AB309C5
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15355, 836150, , , , , BD2883BD71691C83BBF253DC152D4081, 07F2C3287DC6C116CFDC36212571EB3CAF754F6B5E13B5E2B36433E1B4E59C17
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm\000003.log, Quarantined, 15355, 836150, , , , , 94ED2C7315D08E512336ECDAD4EABD82, A5A48180DD970E40A86220973241D9166C68B5DAF50F7D11B6E8F9BC1961635D
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15355, 836150, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm\LOCK, Quarantined, 15355, 836150, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm\LOG, Quarantined, 15355, 836150, , , , , A773392E4E1E933CC610FFB9AF4883AB, 8954AE7C3163DDE6B688BD9C7D9B520DE57BAB43662D49FF7CF21148C3539765
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\fgjljjaooipijnkaejbmjcpjdnmopogm\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15355, 836150, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FGJLJJAOOIPIJNKAEJBMJCPJDNMOPOGM\6.3.20_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15355, 836150, 1.0.30312, , ame, , E7D2F9761DCCE1D1A47911B045FD299C, F945B08CF5705C21C8A3E2CBC1E843DDB0E85460EE06EA2D178F682D797B17AF

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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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