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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is My News Wire?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that My News Wire 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.
My News Wire is a member of the Spigot family as described in the blogpost Spigot browser hijackers.

How do I know if my computer is affected by My News Wire?

You may see these browser extensions/add-ons:

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and this new default search provider:

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You may see this entry in your list of installed software:

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these warnings during install:

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and this new startpage in the affected browser(s):

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How did My News Wire get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site.

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How do I remove My News Wire?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • 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 My News Wire?
  • If you are using Chrome, you may have to remove the Extension manually under Tools > Settings > Extensions. Remove the checkmark and click on the bin behind the My News Wire entry.
  • If your browsers have been hijacked, you should read our Restore Browser page. You can read there how to fix additional browser redirect methods.
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 the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the My News Wire hijacker. It would have warned you before the hijacker could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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and it blocks traffic to their domains:

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in a FRST log:

 HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = hxxp://search.mynewswire.co/?source=-v2&uid={uid1}&uc={date}&ap=appfocus1&i_id=currentnews__1.30
 SearchScopes: HKCU -> DefaultScope {629E4DAA-E816-488D-AB8A-72C4BE213E47} URL = hxxp://search.mynewswire.co/s?source=-v2&uid={uid1}&uc={date}&ap=appfocus1&i_id=currentnews__1.30&query={searchTerms}
 SearchScopes: HKCU -> {629E4DAA-E816-488D-AB8A-72C4BE213E47} URL = hxxp://search.mynewswire.co/s?source=-v2&uid={uid1}&uc={date}&ap=appfocus1&i_id=currentnews__1.30&query={searchTerms}
 FF NewTab: hxxp://search.mynewswire.co?uid={uid2}&uc={date}&ap=appfocus1&source=-v2&page=newtab&implementation_id=currentnews_0.2.0
 FF Homepage: hxxp://search.mynewswire.co?uid={uid2}&uc={date}&ap=appfocus1&source=-v2&page=homepage&implementation_id=currentnews_0.2.0
 FF Extension: News - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\@News.xpi [2017-03-21]
 CHR Extension: (My News Wire) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd [2017-03-21]
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}

My News Wire (HKCU\...\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}) (Version: 2.6.0.2 - Cloud Installer)
The most significant changes made by the installers:

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\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0
       Adds the file background.js"="3/19/2017 4:51 PM, 15293 bytes, A
       Adds the file contentscript.js"="3/19/2017 4:51 PM, 1238 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon.png"="3/21/2017 6:08 PM, 8987 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="3/21/2017 6:08 PM, 1395 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd
       Adds the file 000003.log"="3/21/2017 6:08 PM, 263 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="3/21/2017 6:08 PM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="3/21/2017 6:08 PM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="3/21/2017 6:21 PM, 410 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG.old"="3/21/2017 6:08 PM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="3/21/2017 6:08 PM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="3/21/2017 6:26 PM, 263168 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\extensions
       Adds the file @News.xpi"="3/21/2017 6:24 PM, 25774 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@News\simple-storage
       Adds the file store.json"="3/21/2017 6:25 PM, 321 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
       "Start Page" = REG_SZ, "http://search.mynewswire.co/?source=-v2&uid={uid1}&uc={date}&ap=appfocus1&i_id=currentnews__1.30"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
       "DefaultScope" = REG_SZ, "{629E4DAA-E816-488D-AB8A-72C4BE213E47}"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{629E4DAA-E816-488D-AB8A-72C4BE213E47}]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Search"
       "SuggestionsURL"="REG_SZ", "https://ie.search.yahoo.com/os?appid=ie8&command={searchTerms}"
       "URL"="REG_SZ", "http://search.mynewswire.co/s?source=-v2&uid={uid1}&uc={date}&ap=appfocus1&i_id=currentnews__1.30&query={searchTerms}"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "My News Wire"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.6.0.2"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Cloud Installer"
       "UninstallHomepage"="REG_SZ", "http://search.mynewswire.co/?source=-v2&uid={uid1}&uc={date}&ap=appfocus1&i_id=currentnews__1.30"
       "UninstallImpression"="REG_SZ", "http://imp.mynewswire.co/impression.do?source=-v2&sub_id={date}&useragent=Mozilla%2F5.0+(Windows+NT+6.1%3B+WOW64%3B+Trident%2F7.0%3B+rv%3A11.0)+like+Gecko&traffic_source=appfocus1&user_id={uid1}&implementation_id=currentnews__1.30&event={exEvent}"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\Uninstall.exe" /uninstall"

Malwarebytes scan log:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/21/17
Scan Time: 6:34 PM
Logfile: mbamMyNewsWire.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.0.5.1299
Components Version: 1.0.43
Update Package Version: 1.0.1556
License: Premium

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

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 365982
Time Elapsed: 8 min, 23 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 2
PUP.Optional.Spigot, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}, Delete-on-Reboot, [814], [373878],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\SEARCHSCOPES\{629E4DAA-E816-488D-AB8A-72C4BE213E47}, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [368913],1.0.1556

Registry Value: 2
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\SEARCHSCOPES\{629E4DAA-E816-488D-AB8A-72C4BE213E47}|URL, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [368913],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.MyNewsWire, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\MAIN|START PAGE, Replace-on-Reboot, [3142], [360171],1.0.1556

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 14
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}, Quarantined, [814], [373878],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.MyCurrentNews, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@News\simple-storage, Quarantined, [2596], [358267],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.MyCurrentNews, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\JETPACK\@NEWS, Quarantined, [2596], [358267],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\_locales\en, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\html\popup, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\js\popup, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\_locales, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\newtab, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\html, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\css, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\js, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CLALLLJDJOONECNIDMCNNNODECCBPHKD, Quarantined, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556

File: 19
PUP.Optional.Spigot, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\{28e56cfb-e30e-4f66-85d8-339885b726b8}\Uninstall.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [814], [373878],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.MyNewsWire, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\PREFS.JS, Removal Failed, [3142], [360167],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.MyNewsWire, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\PREFS.JS, Removal Failed, [3142], [360169],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.MyCurrentNews, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\jetpack\@News\simple-storage\store.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2596], [358267],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.MyCurrentNews, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\NCH5MQSA.DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\@NEWS.XPI, Delete-on-Reboot, [2596], [358285],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CLALLLJDJOONECNIDMCNNNODECCBPHKD\2.0_0\BACKGROUND.JS, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\css\description.css, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\css\popup.css, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\html\popup\description.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\html\popup\popup.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\js\popup\popup.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\js\userNewTab.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\newtab\newtab.html, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\_locales\en\messages.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\contentscript.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\icon.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556
PUP.Optional.Spigot.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\clallljdjoonecnidmcnnnodeccbphkd\2.0_0\manifest.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [2371], [362981],1.0.1556

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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