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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Pop Bubbles?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Pop Bubbles 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 one also displays advertisements.

How do I know if my computer is effected by Pop Bubbles?

This is how the first screen of the installer looks:

main.png

And you may see these browser extensions/add-ons:

warning1.png
Firefox disables the unsigned Extension

warning2.png

and this entry in your list of installed programs:

warning4.png

How did Pop Bubbles get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove Pop Bubbles?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted application.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan Now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Pop Bubbles?
  • No, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removes Pop Bubbles completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

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

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Pop Bubbles hijacker. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, 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:
 BHO-x32: Pop Bubbles -> {02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe} -> C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Extensions\02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe.dll [2016-03-07] ()
 FF Extension: Pop Bubbles - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\[email protected] [2016-03-06] [not signed]
 C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles

Pop Bubbles (HKLM-x32\...\Pop Bubbles) (Version: 2.0.5909.38163 - Pop Bubbles) <==== ATTENTION
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
---------------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles
       Adds the file 7za.exe"="2/24/2016 8:19 PM, 536064 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstaller.exe"="3/7/2016 6:12 AM, 366267 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Extensions
       Adds the file 02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe.dll"="3/7/2016 6:26 AM, 137728 bytes, A
       Adds the file [email protected]"="3/6/2016 11:19 PM, 9303 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file [email protected]"="3/6/2016 11:19 PM, 9303 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IPopBubblesBHO"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{E227F543-60F7-4146-8412-41AFA2FCE791}"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E227F543-60F7-4146-8412-41AFA2FCE791}\1.0]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "PopBubblesIEClientLib"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E227F543-60F7-4146-8412-41AFA2FCE791}\1.0\0\win32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Extensions\02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe.dll"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E227F543-60F7-4146-8412-41AFA2FCE791}\1.0\FLAGS]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{E227F543-60F7-4146-8412-41AFA2FCE791}\1.0\HELPDIR]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Extensions"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Pop Bubbles"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe}\InprocServer32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Extensions\02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe.dll"
       "ThreadingModel"="REG_SZ", "Apartment"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe}\Programmable]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{e227f543-60f7-4146-8412-41afa2fce791}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe}\Version]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{B853E835-9F24-4F4B-B55C-E554D15CCCD2}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "1"
       "{B853E835-9F24-4F4B-B55C-E554D15CCCD2}"="REG_SZ", "{B853E835-9F24-4F4B-B55C-E554D15CCCD2}"
       "1"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{F83D1872-D9FF-47F8-B5A0-49CC51E24EE8}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "0c0701d9-8185-445f-99d9-e16e17ca7e99"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "IPopBubblesBHO"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}\ProxyStubClsid32]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\Interface\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}\TypeLib]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "{E227F543-60F7-4146-8412-41AFA2FCE791}"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe}]
       "(Default)"="REG_SZ", "Pop Bubbles"
       "NoExplorer"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Pop Bubbles]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\uninstaller.exe""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Pop Bubbles"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.0.5909.38163"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 1024
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "mailto:[email protected]"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20160307"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Pop Bubbles"
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\uninstaller.exe""
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\uninstaller.exe""
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.popbubblessoftware.com/support"
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", "http://www.popbubblessoftware.com"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PopBubbles]
       "cg"="REG_SZ", "0c0701d9-8185-445f-99d9-e16e17ca7e99"

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 3/7/2016
Scan Time: 8:39 AM
Logfile: mbamPopBubbles.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.2.0.1024
Malware Database: v2016.03.06.04
Rootkit Database: v2016.02.27.01
License: Premium
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Enabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 368610
Time Elapsed: 5 min, 27 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 17
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{e227f543-60f7-4146-8412-41afa2fce791}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\INTERFACE\{E6C59C74-4707-4BA8-8901-75FC0FF62DDE}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{e227f543-60f7-4146-8412-41afa2fce791}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\TYPELIB\{e227f543-60f7-4146-8412-41afa2fce791}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{02B98CBC-7C59-4E41-A2B9-FEEA86A267FE}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{02B98CBC-7C59-4E41-A2B9-FEEA86A267FE}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{02B98CBC-7C59-4E41-A2B9-FEEA86A267FE}, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{B853E835-9F24-4F4B-B55C-E554D15CCCD2}, Quarantined, [7b11f88c3366a69035bb7915847e9a66], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{B853E835-9F24-4F4B-B55C-E554D15CCCD2}, Quarantined, [7b11f88c3366a69035bb7915847e9a66], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{F83D1872-D9FF-47F8-B5A0-49CC51E24EE8}, Quarantined, [3c50a2e2d1c82a0cdf1535598a78718f], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{F83D1872-D9FF-47F8-B5A0-49CC51E24EE8}, Quarantined, [3c50a2e2d1c82a0cdf1535598a78718f], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\PopBubbles, Quarantined, [98f4f2920a8f52e45dd0da9d927243bd], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Pop Bubbles, Quarantined, [4c40daaa8910c175b874284f73915da3], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 3
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles, Quarantined, [226a4d375d3ca2946c0431d728db9f61], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Extensions, Quarantined, [226a4d375d3ca2946c0431d728db9f61], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\Pop Bubbles, Quarantined, [2b611272cdcce94d6908cb3d46bd56aa], 

Files: 6
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Extensions\02b98cbc-7c59-4e41-a2b9-feea86a267fe.dll, Quarantined, [c9c3305409905adc082d824157ab8d73], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\PopBubbles.exe, Quarantined, [2b6121631188d75fe4a73db9857c47b9], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions\[email protected], Quarantined, [43491470dbbeb1855ef6be4b748f23dd], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\7za.exe, Quarantined, [226a4d375d3ca2946c0431d728db9f61], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Uninstaller.exe, Quarantined, [226a4d375d3ca2946c0431d728db9f61], 
PUP.Optional.Yontoo, C:\Program Files (x86)\Pop Bubbles\Extensions\[email protected], Quarantined, [226a4d375d3ca2946c0431d728db9f61], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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