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What is Private Video?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Private Video 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 redirects your searches to a different search engine.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Private Video?

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


You may have noticed these warnings during install:



How did Private Video get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from the webstore:


after a redirect from an advertisement hosted on their website:


How do I remove Private Video?

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 Private Video?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Private Video completely.

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR Extension: (Private Video) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk [2021-02-25]

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\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk\1_0
       Adds the file 128.png"="2/25/2021 8:49 AM, 8171 bytes, A
       Adds the file background.js"="6/17/2020 3:04 PM, 527 bytes, A
       Adds the file campaign.js"="7/20/2020 1:31 PM, 3292 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="2/25/2021 8:49 AM, 1067 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk\1_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="2/25/2021 8:49 AM, 241 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="7/20/2020 1:30 PM, 1623 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk
       Adds the file 000003.log"="2/25/2021 8:49 AM, 93 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="2/25/2021 8:49 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="2/25/2021 8:49 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="2/25/2021 8:49 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="2/25/2021 8:49 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk"="REG_SZ", "8DFF8EDFE839CE6521F0CC0E070047FCEE6FAE4D98387BEB72FFFDC81CF30EEC"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/25/21
Scan Time: 11:20 AM
Log File: 12c7410a-7753-11eb-98eb-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1173
Update Package Version: 1.0.37467
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}-PC\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 233253
Threats Detected: 10
Threats Quarantined: 10
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 44 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.Hijacker, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk, Quarantined, 15708, 913992, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
Adware.Hijacker, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk, Quarantined, 15708, 913992, , , , , , 
Adware.Hijacker, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\EXTENSIONS\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk, Quarantined, 15708, 913992, 1.0.37467, , ame, , , 

File: 7
Adware.Hijacker, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15708, 913992, , , , , AF8CD3ED22C07C3913155B856CB68F11, 314E5A67CA8688B933FE3DEA0F84B44EFF9A4B7490FD16ACE0CD3D2065CE3D06
Adware.Hijacker, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15708, 913992, , , , , D91196432217D5E43BF2FA64CAC72942, 24D769B6E7BDF88C2FDF46EE9B34E7425385DA59A8AA1BD28A43E5D96FC56422
Adware.Hijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk\000003.log, Quarantined, 15708, 913992, , , , , 59AE438AE517C2A165F6CF0D2447E9FF, D7ACBA15B23EB87BB9F58B7921677B83021EC4A1EC95C78629592C2B8437D5FA
Adware.Hijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15708, 913992, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.Hijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk\LOCK, Quarantined, 15708, 913992, , , , , , 
Adware.Hijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk\LOG, Quarantined, 15708, 913992, , , , , 44D34A3C886B1895D7C63918343798E5, 83DB3F32D73B36CA32C0FB31AE5643003F039B09D5441E806EF68B6A5A1688FF
Adware.Hijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\laohoelmkchnlphmahdggbjfhcppmipk\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15708, 913992, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4

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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