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What is Movie Tab?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Movie Tab 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 the tab with your search results and opens a new one with the same search query on their own search engine.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Movie Tab?

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 Movie Tab 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 Movie Tab?

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 Movie Tab?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Movie Tab 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 Movie Tab 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: (Movie Tab) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh [2020-12-09]

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\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh\6.3.65_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="12/9/2020 8:50 AM, 1111 bytes, A
       Adds the file sr.js"="11/25/2020 8:11 PM, 7673 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh\6.3.65_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="12/9/2020 8:50 AM, 396 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="11/25/2020 8:11 PM, 1639 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh\6.3.65_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="12/9/2020 8:50 AM, 2188 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="12/9/2020 8:50 AM, 253 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh
       Adds the file 000003.log"="12/9/2020 8:53 AM, 288 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="12/9/2020 8:50 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="12/9/2020 8:50 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="12/9/2020 8:50 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="12/9/2020 8:50 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh"="REG_SZ", "908198BE40F008044298BE62C91CD9FCADBEB65769B08CFA2B5C375BD9D9415D"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 12/9/20
Scan Time: 9:01 AM
Log File: c5731942-39f4-11eb-bb13-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.2.3.96
Components Version: 1.0.1122
Update Package Version: 1.0.34121
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: 232166
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 2 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|aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh, Quarantined, 15741, 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\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh, Quarantined, 15741, 836150, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\AIPGCJLDHHGNKEPFEIIGDNBKJBHOKGHH, Quarantined, 15741, 836150, 1.0.34121, , ame, , , 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15741, 836150, , , , , 3643BA7B9DB79EA8353B86C87D0E7AC4, 06229972BCF11620424DD0FBA12A2691C96262B49EA99A2609599878A395CEA0
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15741, 836150, , , , , 731A353059AC82B3C7E222CC7FEED4EC, 9CADDA9822BF63AC706ADFF1E0325746F75A950BD71BD74D56CBD197B2AC0E23
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh\000003.log, Quarantined, 15741, 836150, , , , , 9303F24C38704428299BFA38339BF996, C34314F1D59B02EB9CEE55E751ED6864AA5C75AE2C11DE80E73B887AA44EF2E0
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15741, 836150, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh\LOCK, Quarantined, 15741, 836150, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh\LOG, Quarantined, 15741, 836150, , , , , 00147D4E485F12A0BC66D6A9A5429AF9, DABAEEC7079282C420C3F088B974127E8B8F5EE4AFB58E2E3FC0A8A8DD59B340
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aipgcjldhhgnkepfeiigdnbkjbhokghh\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15741, 836150, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\AIPGCJLDHHGNKEPFEIIGDNBKJBHOKGHH\6.3.65_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15741, 836150, 1.0.34121, , ame, , 26C465FDBDC946C330F49F4E822C3249, 44CEE1BD434D1843777723757BF9E2B2C458BBA3039E9ADB156FDA90F77BC92F

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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