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What is NewVideoSearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that NewVideoSearch 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 NewVideoSearch?

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 NewVideoSearch 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 NewVideoSearch?

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 NewVideoSearch?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes NewVideoSearch 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 Malwarebytes Browser Guard, as well as the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the NewVideoSearch 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 Notifications: Default -> hxxps://get.newvideo-search.com
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.newvideo-search.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=newvideosearch&barcodeid=579290000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> NewVideoSearch
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.newvideo-search.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (NewVideoSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac [2020-10-09]

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\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 2114 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/4/2020 9:18 AM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="8/4/2020 9:18 AM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 5765 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 548 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 2789 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="8/4/2020 9:18 AM, 514512 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="8/4/2020 9:18 AM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac
       Adds the file 000003.log"="10/9/2020 10:50 AM, 850 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac
       Adds the file NewVideoSearch.ico"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 185482 bytes, A
       Adds the file NewVideoSearch.ico.md5"="10/9/2020 10:46 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac"="REG_SZ", "A832298019F7DB75F7B285B6AB6991B71EFC02A8AB24C49425DD253826C4CB63"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/9/20
Scan Time: 10:56 AM
Log File: 466a5b72-0a0d-11eb-b6ec-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.2.1.89
Components Version: 1.0.1061
Update Package Version: 1.0.31034
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: 231711
Threats Detected: 12
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 5 min, 49 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|onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac, Quarantined, 15407, 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\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac, Quarantined, 15407, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\ONKMBBPGDKABCFLEAIILCNCFFFNKFJAC, Quarantined, 15407, 799722, 1.0.31034, , ame, , , 

File: 9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15407, 799722, , , , , 18484CEC5C96C602F22172C7A577DDAE, 931E75140F551B9B124E7ED3C354B1EE56E91447821704E970CE77289126E4FA
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15407, 799722, , , , , 4E4A26A6EA4285A566ADAA1796EC204B, B04B4C1FDDD76947A9536B3A4AE3FF22B39B30387A3BEBBF59667AD81C77069B
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\000003.log, Quarantined, 15407, 799722, , , , , 8C21615C27C2A735309820ECF22C7263, 963F3D12034D46581BBE267D3C906F294BD815177ACB8ECFB0CCE01E4BB3F283
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15407, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\LOCK, Quarantined, 15407, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\LOG, Quarantined, 15407, 799722, , , , , 381A749C3B5A9A812E65E2DB7EFB5D42, 94061B902D0B2EE5F505E4897F27BBAE2169015F01045C98586181F360C0F40A
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\onkmbbpgdkabcfleaiilcncfffnkfjac\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15407, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\ONKMBBPGDKABCFLEAIILCNCFFFNKFJAC\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15407, 799722, 1.0.31034, , ame, , 77031D2D54ECA60F28E2A52383AFD42A, 6B7EFA5BC96358CA464286F67F5F26363AF16A903D79FDF6CEF4C449B0FC9027
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 201, 832182, 1.0.31034, , ame, , 4E4A26A6EA4285A566ADAA1796EC204B, B04B4C1FDDD76947A9536B3A4AE3FF22B39B30387A3BEBBF59667AD81C77069B

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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