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What is color ssc?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that color ssc 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 redirects searches to their own search engine.

How do I know if my computer is affected by color ssc?

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


and this additional menu:


You may have noticed these warnings during install:





How did color ssc 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 color ssc?

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 color ssc?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes color ssc 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 color ssc 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 Extension: (color ssc) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld [2021-10-21]

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\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld\0.2_0
       Adds the file Background.js"="10/12/2021 12:58 AM, 195914 bytes, A
       Adds the file Content.js"="10/11/2021 6:41 AM, 691 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon.png"="10/21/2021 10:38 AM, 6854 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="10/21/2021 10:38 AM, 1034 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="9/26/2021 8:32 PM, 1081 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.js"="10/10/2021 8:23 AM, 1479 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld\0.2_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="10/21/2021 10:38 AM, 2655 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="10/12/2021 12:58 AM, 1836 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld"="REG_SZ", "77AA82B69C7B7A6B956B82F56EECCFAEB8505EE0D6A186D35BE5BCDAEBBAF74E"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/21/21
Scan Time: 4:37 PM
Log File: 761e7e64-327c-11ec-b948-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1474
Update Package Version: 1.0.46214
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: 259560
Threats Detected: 11
Threats Quarantined: 11
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 20 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.ForcedExtension, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld, Quarantined, 298, 990128, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Local Extension Settings\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld, Quarantined, 298, 990128, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\EXTENSIONS\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld, Quarantined, 298, 990128, 1.0.46214, , ame, , , 

File: 8
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 298, 990128, , , , , FA8EBC8A9FF4991D01D6D119DBC3779D, A5EDA45371860843CCA03356FBE36144023776C4341E6496BAFAE6EE7F93AD20
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 298, 990128, , , , , AF673518CA0111B36EA98E766FE18572, B430DB08ADB7E132160C7C26D5E0CDD575089333F5A7F6F2BFC0A4B42936AB1A
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld\000003.log, Quarantined, 298, 990128, , , , , E76C1270CAE9687913807D4400F1C56E, D4A5B8C0A2F83904837E5F72AD92CB26B7BA993E8A8977004510122BA5AD980D
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld\CURRENT, Quarantined, 298, 990128, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld\LOCK, Quarantined, 298, 990128, , , , , , 
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld\LOG, Quarantined, 298, 990128, , , , , 5576B19660268375F6D212255975AFC9, 157F558DD461BC1AB41D14EA8971EAFF0AB0DF683F04F1CF3327A7F6A16BB04A
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld\LOG.old, Quarantined, 298, 990128, , , , , 3EE75E39DF31AFAA50CCF06DFBFC7175, E7989EC3E0C8B7A610A64D5FD6B20DB7F2AC8F20ABDFE1459F5465B650A06E1F
PUP.Optional.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\plolkgdlfpkjjacjghoeeondfalilcld\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 298, 990128, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4

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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