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What is Secure Way?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Secure Way 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.
This particular one changes your default search provider.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Secure Way?

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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and this changed setting:

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How did Secure Way get on my computer?

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

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How do I remove Secure Way?

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 Secure Way?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Secure Way completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

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

Malwarebytes Browser Guard, and the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Secure Way hijacker. It would have blocked the website promoting the extension, 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://search.secureway.club/chrome/newtab/searchresults.aspx?src=ds&pid=swaydf&q={searchTerms}&v=1.0&gid=456
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Secure Way
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://www.secureway.club/ntapi/suggestions/rd?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (Secure Way) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn [2021-08-03]

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\kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn\1.0_0
       Adds the file browseraction_release.js"="6/21/2021 6:18 PM, 2524 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="8/3/2021 9:09 AM, 1763 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn\1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="8/3/2021 9:09 AM, 829 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/21/2021 6:18 PM, 2243 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn\1.0_0\common
       Adds the file contentscript.js"="6/21/2021 6:18 PM, 637 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn\1.0_0\img
       Adds the file logo.png"="6/21/2021 6:18 PM, 24267 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo_128x.png"="8/3/2021 9:09 AM, 5947 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo_16x.png"="8/3/2021 9:09 AM, 562 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo_48x.png"="8/3/2021 9:09 AM, 1929 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn\1.0_0\pages
       Adds the file popup.html"="6/21/2021 6:18 PM, 236 bytes, A
       Adds the file popupstyle.css"="6/21/2021 6:18 PM, 108 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn"="REG_SZ", "478AC6FE641C256B436AA42A3FA4F0DB93C084771C25C452A871F68FA8E30DF2"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 8/3/21
Scan Time: 9:16 AM
Log File: ca580f30-f42a-11eb-b529-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.4.4.126
Components Version: 1.0.1413
Update Package Version: 1.0.43830
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: 258060
Threats Detected: 6
Threats Quarantined: 6
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 33 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.PushNotifications.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn, Quarantined, 201, 838845, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Extensions\kiecgjlpcjehhjbpdkffhkcbikpdnpkn, Quarantined, 201, 838845, , , , , , 

File: 4
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 201, 838845, , , , , 529DFA0F9D27FF84EDD43E1105D91D3B, 9BBF0F7563E758E297A36DAB2DF38F7EF88955EDFF98597E6ECBE3854DDCB27A
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 201, 838845, , , , , 781F264397CB4C01D6F97ED96B2FFBFE, 5D0DD64203353CBD7C1F7E2936049E5D8288E140A746C59C8C9552F0EFDED405
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 201, 838845, 1.0.43830, , ame, , 529DFA0F9D27FF84EDD43E1105D91D3B, 9BBF0F7563E758E297A36DAB2DF38F7EF88955EDFF98597E6ECBE3854DDCB27A
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 201, 838845, 1.0.43830, , ame, , 529DFA0F9D27FF84EDD43E1105D91D3B, 9BBF0F7563E758E297A36DAB2DF38F7EF88955EDFF98597E6ECBE3854DDCB27A

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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