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What is AutoIncognitoSearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AutoIncognitoSearch 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.

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

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 AutoIncognitoSearch 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 AutoIncognitoSearch?

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 AutoIncognitoSearch?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes AutoIncognitoSearch 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 AutoIncognitoSearch 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.autoincognitosearch.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=autoincognitosearch&barcodeid=586440000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> AutoIncognitoSearch
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.autoincognitosearch.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (AutoIncognitoSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil [2021-01-27]

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\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 2168 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 6725 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="11/18/2020 8:34 AM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="11/18/2020 8:34 AM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 6503 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 557 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 2957 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="11/18/2020 8:34 AM, 553502 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="11/18/2020 8:34 AM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil
       Adds the file 000003.log"="1/27/2021 8:57 AM, 488 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil
       Adds the file AutoIncognitoSearch.ico"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 187934 bytes, A
       Adds the file AutoIncognitoSearch.ico.md5"="1/27/2021 8:55 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil"="REG_SZ", "350E5AFAAD18AD135F8CD7276D4E589FE72AE329673FAE90857C4BDA930F51D0"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 1/27/21
Scan Time: 9:07 AM
Log File: b5b20f88-6076-11eb-b221-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.3.0.98
Components Version: 1.0.1146
Update Package Version: 1.0.36273
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: 232944
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 49 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|jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil, 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\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JLMBMMHFOLOPHEDOFBCBHFFNLCAKNHIL, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, 1.0.36273, , ame, , , 

File: 8
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15230, 799722, , , , , 726DE6718314E1DBC75B52A30AD76C4D, C06849A98E4A0718DC3AA579C1A1B7360266510F95221D61D7A7DB79DCDAE591
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15230, 799722, , , , , CCCB798D3CF0A3E7527FC4E02CE3B705, C569264BAFCAC800FFF7037B951CB11B2719A91516EC0580942A327DF3994A3D
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\000003.log, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , F4777030E31083B8C913B4CDDA96164F, 2F4B3C631335DCEABB5AA32A4B3A695C3F4243BE1099DEDB4C18C3D026290141
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\LOCK, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\LOG, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , DA473A2B9671A773077A9AE78E738675, 025FAFB3DDAE358E1B3FDC08108B3E1C64E901EF71DCCF6B707688D0648CE478
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\jlmbmmhfolophedofbcbhffnlcaknhil\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JLMBMMHFOLOPHEDOFBCBHFFNLCAKNHIL\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15230, 799722, 1.0.36273, , ame, , B88F9447FE7B0A1B62070AE972C7A37E, F5D99E9F6FF0EEB28C449C774F772A1572C711BCFB512A3824265570141D25F6

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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