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What is HDMovieSearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that HDMovieSearch 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.


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

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


and this changed setting:


You may have noticed these warnings during install:





How did HDMovieSearch 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 HDMovieSearch?

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 HDMovieSearch?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes HDMovieSearch 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 HDMovieSearch hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.




Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:


CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.hdmoviesearch.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=hdmoviesearch&barcodeid=577180000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> HDMovieSearch
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.hdmoviesearch.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (HDMovieSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac [2021-02-26]

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\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 2096 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/30/2020 1:44 PM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="8/30/2020 1:44 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 3700 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 371 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 1934 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="8/30/2020 1:44 PM, 514502 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="8/30/2020 1:44 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac
       Adds the file 000003.log"="2/26/2021 8:48 AM, 507 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 183 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac
       Adds the file HDMovieSearch.ico"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 172794 bytes, A
       Adds the file HDMovieSearch.ico.md5"="2/26/2021 8:44 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac"="REG_SZ", "5C01EE9A6CFF6EE4D76D055E6EF5AB4772AE0E0CB3462DCC5BEB3B6447DA6266"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/26/21
Scan Time: 8:58 AM
Log File: 6db9651a-7808-11eb-b7dc-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1173
Update Package Version: 1.0.37507
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: 233260
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 50 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|ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac, Quarantined, 15231, 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\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CIEMLDLBECAOHELCFFDKCNBDKFAKDCAC, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, 1.0.37507, , ame, , , 

File: 8
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15231, 799722, , , , , E4D5A7E047AE4042E345C28F63F88434, DD1314E9E4BEEBD33FFA0B0010F98E6D18D1636FA25A6333CD808A1A7AD548A8
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15231, 799722, , , , , A4DE2582714B3F02322EAAA0BF800B66, 173276BFA2922117F894768B8E5ECBF72CF3F1FE677CA62FB6729728EBEB7EB8
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\000003.log, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , 89B3923A7B3AAA46E6BFB31464B9662E, 20977C5EAE6D2816A943804C9C8D264930802BE1B25A2FE5C1289DC8C1B333E5
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\LOCK, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\LOG, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , EE7E390A9569E59848CB0032C6C7DD41, 7B79610B95006B4BD8F1E8757DB386FE8C861CAF00E1478A68A5C818C4D695F2
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ciemldlbecaohelcffdkcnbdkfakdcac\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CIEMLDLBECAOHELCFFDKCNBDKFAKDCAC\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15231, 799722, 1.0.37507, , ame, , 47FDB93F6CF303861648712F82731253, 4439C5376D9C3D1D0D40221D3B98CB0E4613D89F841DE895436D616AC7CE94C2

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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