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What is Video Explorer?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Video Explorer is a browser 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.

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

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

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and this changed right-click menu:

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did Video Explorer 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 Video Explorer?

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 Video Explorer?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Video Explorer 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 Video Explorer 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: (Video Explorer) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg [2021-04-15]

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\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 1151 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 1407 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="3/22/2021 3:42 AM, 2159 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\1.0_0\code base
       Adds the file core.js"="4/5/2021 2:40 AM, 5836 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery.js"="3/22/2021 3:42 AM, 86670 bytes, A
       Adds the file supplementary.js"="3/31/2021 12:49 AM, 1522 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\1.0_0\ext photos
       Adds the file photo128.png"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 5201 bytes, A
       Adds the file photo16.png"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 674 bytes, A
       Adds the file photo32.png"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 1489 bytes, A
       Adds the file photo64.png"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 3365 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg
       Adds the file 000003.log"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 256 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 369 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="4/15/2021 8:49 AM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg"="REG_SZ", "82DB86949DE3FE82B68C67EE60573EBEB0627401DE78F57C037C1BE36476920D"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/16/21
Scan Time: 9:06 AM
Log File: 49b25b18-9e82-11eb-b1fe-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.3.0.98
Components Version: 1.0.1251
Update Package Version: 1.0.39459
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: 233879
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 14 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.SearchTheVideo, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Extensions\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Local Extension Settings\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, , , , , , 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 16247, 931139, , , , , 2AB3DE68852F2E56CB619278BB3656EB, C794050D9623BD8B28C7B02D6C5CFE4EA4C88C5F31CF4B9ACFFEF895A75D32EC
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 16247, 931139, , , , , 283C2E53F285D91F3860F5A6C4F6B4EE, 5FE4E65F9EA5CDC5E530CB09DAD8B493ECE22AAC3BFD3209746684DA59A85AD5
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\000003.log, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, , , , , 8DD4FBB74C81A1F718A065573A29E8DC, 2B5C8ED816500FD6BC0A3A0E0F25C7909EFEF9D22AF4C49AA0BE9B6679A7B3C2
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\CURRENT, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\LOCK, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\LOG, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, , , , , 3BBB80248B431D3B31BCB5518FED1B7F, E8BD693D45A9B9364426943A2EB4A65BDEA2470C6286ED047827D40882909117
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\iennncabejmmmfhgjolelnjhgkpacmcg\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
PUP.Optional.SearchTheVideo, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\IENNNCABEJMMMFHGJOLELNJHGKPACMCG\1.0_0\CODE BASE\CORE.JS, Quarantined, 16247, 931139, 1.0.39459, , ame, , 0D89A2AC6F453061E31E79BEE5DBC07C, 133E8B367D6615B32E28C84444E3C7A2401862873467EEA036361185253B77E9

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
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