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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is MP3 search engine?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MP3 search engine is a search and newtab hijacker.

How do I know if my computer is affected by MP3 search engine?

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

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and these warnings during install:

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and this new tab:

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How did MP3 search engine get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was pushed by making visitors believe they needed a new font.

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How do I remove MP3 search engine?

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 MP3 search engine?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes MP3 search engine completely.
  • You may have to remove the Chrome Extension manually under Tools > More Tools > Extensions. Click on the bin behind the MP3 search engine entry and confirm Remove in the prompt.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

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

We protect our customers from these extensions by blocking the sites that spread them:

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://bettersearch.co/search/?type=web&extension=test&query={searchTerms}
 CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> BetterSearch
 CHR Extension: (BetterSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa [2017-11-22]
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\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0
       Adds the file background.js"="8/5/2017 5:06 PM, 74 bytes, A
       Adds the file forms.js"="5/21/2017 6:06 PM, 800 bytes, A
       Adds the file google_logo.png"="5/21/2017 9:04 AM, 12054 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon_128.png"="11/22/2017 8:24 AM, 2966 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon_19.png"="11/22/2017 8:24 AM, 151 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="11/22/2017 8:24 AM, 1573 bytes, A
       Adds the file myscript.js"="8/5/2017 8:52 PM, 170 bytes, A
       Adds the file newtab.html"="8/5/2017 8:52 PM, 2217 bytes, A
       Adds the file style.css"="5/21/2017 6:09 PM, 1383 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="11/22/2017 8:24 AM, 754 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/8/2017 5:46 AM, 2173 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa"="REG_SZ", "426AA34F31651EC6B3F0D5CB42FD3B608A9E4222A1D8577679257FA7AEC01374"
Malwarebytes log:

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www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 11/22/17
Scan Time: 11:14 AM
Log File: eccb69bc-cf6d-11e7-a770-080027750297.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.2.2.2018
Components Version: 1.0.212
Update Package Version: 1.0.3320
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: 334575
Threats Detected: 16
Threats Quarantined: 15
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 46 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: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\IDLGPHGDJBAHLEGOLGGADAFLFCLHPLFA, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320

File: 13
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Secure Preferences, Removal Failed, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Preferences, Replaced, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\IDLGPHGDJBAHLEGOLGGADAFLFCLHPLFA\1.0.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\background.js, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\forms.js, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\google_logo.png, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\icon_128.png, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\icon_19.png, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\myscript.js, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\newtab.html, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320
Adware.SearchEngineHijack, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\idlgphgdjbahlegolggadaflfclhplfa\1.0.0_0\style.css, Quarantined, [16320], [461299],1.0.3320

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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