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What is AnyMovieSearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AnyMovieSearch 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. It also adds advertisements to your search results in the form of recommended searches.


How do I know if my computer is affected by AnyMovieSearch?

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


and these warnings during install:




and this changed setting:


How did AnyMovieSearch 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 AnyMovieSearch?

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 AnyMovieSearch?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes AnyMovieSearch 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, as well as Browser Guard would have protected you against the AnyMovieSearch hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR Notifications: Default -> hxxps://get.anymoviesearch.com
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.anymoviesearch.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=anymoviesearch&barcodeid=577130000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> AnyMovieSearch
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.anymoviesearch.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (AnyMovieSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb [2021-01-05]

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\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 2108 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="7/14/2020 3:41 PM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="7/14/2020 3:41 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 6283 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 631 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 2999 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="7/14/2020 3:41 PM, 514610 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="7/14/2020 3:41 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb
       Adds the file 000003.log"="1/5/2021 9:45 AM, 873 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb
       Adds the file AnyMovieSearch.ico"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 189171 bytes, A
       Adds the file AnyMovieSearch.ico.md5"="1/5/2021 9:38 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb"="REG_SZ", "46D99F25261A6C4032E8C331F021AF7304E8910C7AF8B1D0FBE2377884613741"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 1/5/21
Scan Time: 9:53 AM
Log File: 6f33b86c-4f33-11eb-9f29-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1130
Update Package Version: 1.0.35307
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: 232730
Threats Detected: 12
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 12 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|hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb, Quarantined, 15230, 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\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\HMDLIOMLNJEAPFCKGLFBDMANDCAJLDJB, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, 1.0.35307, , ame, , , 

File: 9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15230, 799722, , , , , 8EFAB3BB267A736F0A03A4D5F9717285, 477A29E0019BE838BF719C54717E54233F8F1D82782758BC8D59952943A88796
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15230, 799722, , , , , 2574E5B0AE76C27727976A29D130A278, 8DD2A5C57F99797AA8DEF23EF50324CE1B87A26388C7953930A5E66B9C294587
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\000003.log, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 30B5DA5482C124165AC1FB0DBA19DE43, A19865CAE0DA47FB535A99C2BD9A5FC847B00C636FA3ABEA1BB7DF3F29B1CCB7
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\LOCK, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\LOG, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 563F7A8044546CFE30F1868C0D33C297, 3E44A132B87213C22D7768180A9672D465C72AE327E83976E20BCE1703317B7D
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\hmdliomlnjeapfckglfbdmandcajldjb\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\HMDLIOMLNJEAPFCKGLFBDMANDCAJLDJB\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, 1.0.35307, , ame, , 9DEEF4C90EF3298D6DE6B64A06275F7B, B86A599E2A16B052A10C6EE70565F4713EA4F0EA38AAFB88734616E6723E6508
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 14951, 846248, 1.0.35307, , ame, , 2574E5B0AE76C27727976A29D130A278, 8DD2A5C57F99797AA8DEF23EF50324CE1B87A26388C7953930A5E66B9C294587

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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