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What is Make changes?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Make changes 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 closes your search tab and opens a new one with their own search engine and adds recommended searches.

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How do I know if my computer is affected by Make changes?

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

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did Make changes 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 Make changes?

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 Make changes?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Make changes 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 Make changes 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 Extension: (Make changes) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil [2021-04-13]

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\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil\1.1_0
       Adds the file background.js"="4/8/2021 6:09 PM, 43997 bytes, A
       Adds the file content.js"="3/22/2021 8:17 PM, 2651 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon.png"="4/13/2021 8:38 AM, 13784 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery-3.2.1.js"="6/26/2017 10:50 AM, 268039 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="4/13/2021 8:38 AM, 955 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.css"="6/29/2017 11:55 AM, 790 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="6/29/2017 11:54 AM, 1429 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.js"="4/8/2021 2:59 AM, 4645 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil\1.1_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="4/13/2021 8:38 AM, 4230 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="4/8/2021 6:09 PM, 2055 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil
       Adds the file 000003.log"="4/13/2021 8:38 AM, 28 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="4/13/2021 8:38 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="4/13/2021 8:38 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="4/13/2021 8:38 AM, 185 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="4/13/2021 8:38 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil"="REG_SZ", "A5122C8140D8518769C450D07E58D821DAA362294B5167C68C90EB3F44556935"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/13/21
Scan Time: 11:37 AM
Log File: ccb93eda-9c3b-11eb-9052-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.3.0.98
Components Version: 1.0.1251
Update Package Version: 1.0.39357
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: 233795
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 39 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
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil, Quarantined, 337, 930412, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Local Extension Settings\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil, Quarantined, 337, 930412, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JNHDMHDGCHMAKOEKEJHBFFDPMELNGCIL, Quarantined, 337, 930412, 1.0.39357, , ame, , , 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 337, 930412, , , , , 3BCD87CC5F4A24F7084F757E7F2AC8CB, 63A06592BBB028FA1D98C9994044A12CB78DF1763BA06FCF915E92BAC5D928C6
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 337, 930412, , , , , D6011CF65F8B839FCF4A2091763924E0, 329977BA3105AF4D0A45E7F7A1BE1A82EF01DAA267FA4FAB6BED18425A6AC2C6
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil\000003.log, Quarantined, 337, 930412, , , , , 438B64EB42EC35F87E12A69BD4CE3CE8, 8EFB32D41FF1E6B86D30340CA57D2C8BFCF633F1CAE190CFBDABAB4B03F2253D
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil\CURRENT, Quarantined, 337, 930412, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil\LOCK, Quarantined, 337, 930412, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil\LOG, Quarantined, 337, 930412, , , , , B5CA5F1F86F2B5D825915F4C382AC72F, 64F08C0BEBDA351AE4D04289E9A67FF15A086C6EB1C7C8C781E9620BD8681FAB
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\jnhdmhdgchmakoekejhbffdpmelngcil\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 337, 930412, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
PUP.Optional.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JNHDMHDGCHMAKOEKEJHBFFDPMELNGCIL\1.1_0\BACKGROUND.JS, Quarantined, 337, 930412, 1.0.39357, , ame, , 3ADA351B6AD6A50FB0DD2EA64D6F074A, 5E8735A8B0546B7A7258B4592D9D532F960EC2D90A4CB6B3F8FC96C743BEF757

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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