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What is Togo Quick Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Togo Quick Search 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 Togo Quick Search?

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


You may have noticed these warnings during install:




How did Togo Quick Search 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 Togo Quick Search?

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 Togo Quick Search?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Togo Quick Search 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 Togo Quick Search 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://www.togosearching.com/webs?src=togqks&type=ds&q={searchTerms}
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Togo
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://www.togosearching.com/suggest?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (Togo Quick Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hdnmkpbhlfaahdkpcgkmkejilfigfkhd [2021-09-07]

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\hdnmkpbhlfaahdkpcgkmkejilfigfkhd\1.0.16_0
       Adds the file bg.js"="7/19/2021 4:36 PM, 2307 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="9/7/2021 11:07 AM, 1745 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hdnmkpbhlfaahdkpcgkmkejilfigfkhd\1.0.16_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="9/7/2021 11:07 AM, 351 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/13/2021 5:06 PM, 1641 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hdnmkpbhlfaahdkpcgkmkejilfigfkhd\1.0.16_0\icons
       Adds the file image128.png"="9/7/2021 11:07 AM, 3894 bytes, A
       Adds the file image16.png"="9/7/2021 11:07 AM, 409 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "hdnmkpbhlfaahdkpcgkmkejilfigfkhd"="REG_SZ", "7CD5B9163F641D3365A3670403C7EE10F172FE97CFA7FB6036AA9C1699463618"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/7/21
Scan Time: 2:50 PM
Log File: 30d3fb50-0fda-11ec-b086-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1430
Update Package Version: 1.0.44732
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: 258523
Threats Detected: 5
Threats Quarantined: 5
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 9 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, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|hdnmkpbhlfaahdkpcgkmkejilfigfkhd, Quarantined, 423, 976729, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\HDNMKPBHLFAAHDKPCGKMKEJILFIGFKHD, Quarantined, 423, 976729, 1.0.44732, , ame, , , 

File: 3
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 423, 976729, , , , , B3350C9EF6F11FFE6E1A56102F3E8D5E, 368FB794EC7A3995C67C31582D7EEFDE6138B3755B225244BCDD07E38DE2BBDF
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 423, 976729, , , , , FC63C93B90952A3C29FC1D19FD0FD515, 51D1D87ABB79EC94BDB7E17579499828E7EC95B581D7473C5C6D3E7BC7F5E2D9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\HDNMKPBHLFAAHDKPCGKMKEJILFIGFKHD\1.0.16_0\BG.JS, Quarantined, 423, 976729, 1.0.44732, , ame, , F869211D7C01C963590D2D14B634D414, 79DFE124D2E00063517CDC7AABAB7F3D5354F3EA8A019E66DF653A9EB9818010

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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