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What is MyConverterSearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MyConverterSearch 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 changes your default search engine and adds Search Recommendations.

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

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

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and this changed setting:

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did MyConverterSearch 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 MyConverterSearch?

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 MyConverterSearch?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes MyConverterSearch 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 MyConverterSearch 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 DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.myconvertersearch.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=myconvertersearch&barcodeid=579630000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> MyConverterSearch
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.myconvertersearch.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (MyConverterSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb [2021-01-25]

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\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 2144 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="9/2/2020 8:18 AM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="9/2/2020 8:18 AM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 6232 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 560 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 2900 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="9/2/2020 8:18 AM, 514538 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="9/2/2020 8:18 AM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb
       Adds the file 000003.log"="1/25/2021 11:08 AM, 564 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="1/25/2021 11:06 AM, 407 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG.old"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb
       Adds the file MyConverterSearch.ico"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 189339 bytes, A
       Adds the file MyConverterSearch.ico.md5"="1/25/2021 11:05 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb"="REG_SZ", "435EC88EE30C2E995241F4AF24E4C8B871D5B2ECBAD1CDF10B529CF6E01872F1"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 1/25/21
Scan Time: 11:13 AM
Log File: ecf39bd8-5ef5-11eb-b93d-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.3.0.98
Components Version: 1.0.1146
Update Package Version: 1.0.36191
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: 232945
Threats Detected: 12
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 2 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|offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb, 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\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\OFFOIGMLADAGKFOOOEMDBGMBAHNNOLNB, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, 1.0.36191, , ame, , , 

File: 9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15230, 799722, , , , , 4E45FA1BF68A0DB4F0CD9D1DB4AAA95D, 9F5D82A3A871848AA9BBBC6C39D977481180525D95463FEF271C691C8087433F
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15230, 799722, , , , , 2FB6582D8557979E238E000DE42D44AF, 1CA31CD1A9175F5F003992FFF2480C3506DB34D704F1BD6F4F20792637C6E214
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\000003.log, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , E07C8DD0478E00BACA0D1883B0CA3B04, 9BCA5C4B0A1088C4AB015D89EA7E5C9F5280424769459B0F80253A412A8BB243
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\LOCK, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\LOG, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 0B655E54F25216FC5503F93CC1C00030, D1B95D25E41FBDC203F95FF152C49879772D1B3A2645F1195074F84B8DFF0427
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\LOG.old, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 98C5E88EE9B199175BD0AC873DA5528C, EA4094EDA4CCF175D4ED12F6A04D818DC943B9ACE54B69F9E347DF86580022C2
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\offoigmladagkfoooemdbgmbahnnolnb\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\OFFOIGMLADAGKFOOOEMDBGMBAHNNOLNB\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, 1.0.36191, , ame, , F00DA5E2306E70FD7FC6DB66579489D1, ED335443426CA73DC5D8B7989C78BDE0572D1BC2433F96D0C834BE29E96BF9D0

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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