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What is My Recipe Finder?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that My Recipe Finder is a browser NewTab. These so-called "NewTabs" can 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 newtab hijacker and uses web push notifications.

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

You may see this browser extension:

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these warnings during install:

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You may see this new startpage:

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and these new settings:

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How did My Recipe Finder 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 My Recipe Finder?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
You can use their own uninstall instructions first, but I would advise to follow the steps below anyway.

  • 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 My Recipe Finder?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes My Recipe Finder 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 would have protected you against the My Recipe Finder hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, 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 Notifications: Default -> hxxps://printmyrecipes.com
CHR NewTab: Default ->  Active:"chrome-extension://afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga/newtabhtml/newtabpage.html"
CHR Extension: (My Recipe Finder) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga [2020-12-10]

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\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\1.2_0
       Adds the file central.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 2344 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon.png"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 3837 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 1293 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\1.2_0\_locales\en
       Adds the file messages.json"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 205 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\1.2_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 2269 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 3620 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\1.2_0\html\bAction
       Adds the file about.html"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 3734 bytes, A
       Adds the file newtabpage.html"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 214 bytes, A
       Adds the file recipesAction.html"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 2963 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\1.2_0\html\bAction\BAimg
       Adds the file foodnetwork_icon.jpg"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 5082 bytes, A
       Adds the file Keto_icon.jpg"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 3710 bytes, A
       Adds the file recipesLand_icon.jpg"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 2816 bytes, A
       Adds the file totalrecipes_icon.jpg"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 3605 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\1.2_0\js
       Adds the file browseraction.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 996 bytes, A
       Adds the file config.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 1016 bytes, A
       Adds the file dailyFeature.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 3481 bytes, A
       Adds the file log.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 884 bytes, A
       Adds the file newTab.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 1515 bytes, A
       Adds the file search.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 1033 bytes, A
       Adds the file store.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 235 bytes, A
       Adds the file utility.js"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 2534 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\1.2_0\newtabhtml
       Adds the file newtabpage.html"="8/20/2020 11:13 AM, 207 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga
       Adds the file 000003.log"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 486 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="12/10/2020 8:48 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga"="REG_SZ", "E7FD6301567C3E9770A6B8914C49E338E9E92CFA292799210403408D37C14337"

Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 12/10/20
Scan Time: 9:01 AM
Log File: ef5c0e48-3abd-11eb-98e0-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.2.3.96
Components Version: 1.0.1122
Update Package Version: 1.0.34141
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: 232170
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 40 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.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga, Quarantined, 199, 752296, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Extensions\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga, Quarantined, 199, 752296, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga, Quarantined, 199, 752296, , , , , , 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 199, 752296, , , , , 8E3C3C836670B35F399E6262EA8A0C21, 17773B9B23DD57855F816DEC894FD4542ECD731AB6B29D139742B3A84ADEBB6D
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 199, 752296, , , , , 34CC8D86404F55E10668828927A224FB, D4FFA22937BFBCF19A08B27002CC83BB7F15C3D2A0F234EE7D0E30D511E8AE28
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\000003.log, Quarantined, 199, 752296, , , , , 3E1B4C7D58989C564845683BD75281D9, 422948A3E528415D2367761B6F001465412DFDEA86EEC5209DF18DFF099C2E82
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\CURRENT, Quarantined, 199, 752296, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\LOCK, Quarantined, 199, 752296, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\LOG, Quarantined, 199, 752296, , , , , 47C9661BC25BEEB7809E5899ED57B130, BEA5E49E0905079C1B234774F86F5C0E3F2E4FFA50B15A6146449DD8942A856C
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\afibfmggjaicolcdflippmefidkngmga\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 199, 752296, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\AFIBFMGGJAICOLCDFLIPPMEFIDKNGMGA\1.2_0\JS\DAILYFEATURE.JS, Quarantined, 199, 752296, 1.0.34141, , ame, , EC73CE6E8BC424289472E8EC317D5B50, 86EF51EC042FE095305ECC2B4F86BA62C7181153FEAF39441C418770A29D61C2

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
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