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What is Stocks Info?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Stocks Info 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.
Ths particular one opens a new tab when you search for specific searchterms.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Stocks Info?

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 Stocks Info 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 a fake Chrome update warning:

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How do I remove Stocks Info?

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 Stocks Info?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Stocks Info 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 Stocks Info 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: (Stocks Info) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc [2021-08-27]

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\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc\1.0_0
       Adds the file bg_worker.js"="8/16/2021 11:38 PM, 8931 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 1147 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.js"="8/9/2021 5:24 PM, 545 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup_form.html"="8/10/2021 3:02 PM, 1030 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc\1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 642 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/9/2021 4:55 PM, 2203 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc\1.0_0\imgs
       Adds the file image128.png"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 7704 bytes, A
       Adds the file image16.png"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 717 bytes, A
       Adds the file image32.png"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 1688 bytes, A
       Adds the file image64.png"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 3734 bytes, A
       Adds the file index.jpg"="8/10/2021 3:00 PM, 11852 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc
       Adds the file 000003.log"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 356 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 369 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="8/27/2021 2:03 PM, 41 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc"="REG_SZ", "0FE26683AA32CDDD24C4CF4783DAF3A9C41D84A11E754122CFAFA0937F08DBD8"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 8/27/21
Scan Time: 1:57 PM
Log File: f7d4d266-072d-11ec-b86f-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.4.5.130
Components Version: 1.0.1430
Update Package Version: 1.0.44418
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: 258349
Threats Detected: 10
Threats Quarantined: 10
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 13 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.SearchHijacker, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc, Quarantined, 300, 973233, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Local Extension Settings\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc, Quarantined, 300, 973233, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\EXTENSIONS\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc, Quarantined, 300, 973233, 1.0.44418, , ame, , , 

File: 7
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 300, 973233, , , , , 7266BC9C8979F529DBB8520CDEFC4402, 0412EFA0E4472751C1CA6A3E2195CC292743A7254622A4833931E68F55DF057B
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 300, 973233, , , , , A2B25CDBD0A51F93743839AA3CB2ECBE, FAB97F08AD099EA66DAB460D98B586A1555B864C0B278355E4F65A7CC68D154A
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc\000003.log, Quarantined, 300, 973233, , , , , 9F2D5A9254F634AAF6657B9A7FEAA179, D1BAB197952202F6CDB413B4827DFDD155CCB65F682E66D7365F4A158083347C
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc\CURRENT, Quarantined, 300, 973233, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc\LOCK, Quarantined, 300, 973233, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc\LOG, Quarantined, 300, 973233, , , , , 4239AEFF0FE70C1ACC1E48CF2F181970, 4992320691FDC955334B9AD77BBE7BA0E1C037B1D6C3B726A206A14B8A0CBBF0
Adware.SearchHijacker, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\keankaghieeenecocomiaikpmcpgpdbc\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 300, 973233, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4

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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