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What is Tail Finder?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Tail Finder 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 redirects your searches to their own search engine.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Tail Finder?

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


You may have noticed these warnings during install:




How did Tail Finder 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 Tail Finder?

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 Tail Finder?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Tail Finder 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 Tail Finder 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: (Tail Finder) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc [2020-12-07]

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\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc\6.8_0
       Adds the file background.js"="7/4/2020 12:54 AM, 5431 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="12/7/2020 9:09 AM, 7334 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc\6.8_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="12/7/2020 9:09 AM, 404 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="7/3/2020 3:57 PM, 1645 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc\6.8_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="12/7/2020 9:09 AM, 2188 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="12/7/2020 9:09 AM, 253 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc
       Adds the file 000003.log"="12/7/2020 9:11 AM, 45 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="12/7/2020 9:10 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="12/7/2020 9:10 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="12/7/2020 9:11 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="12/7/2020 9:10 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc"="REG_SZ", "B0AE23C48D21F5725374C34B36031EF865611B242557C213271F57888351FD2C"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 12/7/20
Scan Time: 9:20 AM
Log File: 050d6eae-3865-11eb-910c-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1122
Update Package Version: 1.0.34007
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: 232161
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 46 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.SearchDimension.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JLBBHHHCIAPLDPGHAMMEBBJAGHEJAAHC, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, 1.0.34007, , ame, , , 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15680, 776625, , , , , 3DC03C2D9496F727060BC52ABC690B8E, A8EDF761764BC4FC17ACB04278D88CCBEE07A7663B9ECBF353952B93C048DFC0
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15680, 776625, , , , , 31058A7FBE7645131D6BF5931488F7EE, E9929B47DC8F96530265F1C21D73EC8309BF60FA026AFFFAEAA22C4F078DFD9E
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc\000003.log, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, , , , , 6CF8D25F8054E6931A26AA283B5F2BB6, C8BB385056413BD63B1CD77683D873D5372D4C3C6379C2765ED2A53DC13463B1
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc\LOCK, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc\LOG, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, , , , , 412660EE0B65B2553636931A3385FEE1, 50A72F6DC9D74A1E57A2056C1BD10B07263A89B14017A5E7BCD94BC6F5F7930F
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlbbhhhciapldpghammebbjaghejaahc\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
PUP.Optional.SearchDimension.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JLBBHHHCIAPLDPGHAMMEBBJAGHEJAAHC\6.8_0\BACKGROUND.JS, Quarantined, 15680, 776625, 1.0.34007, , ame, , 16FEDD3385F50963D44B4C742B209392, 0538BA3F069FAA918AD0883848D59E9DB4F8AD2BE6E058527D610F95077962E1

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.

Edited by Metallica
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