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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Search App (Movies)?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Search App (Movies) is a search 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 hijacks the Chrome search settings.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Search App (Movies)?

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


and these warnings during install:




this changed setting:


and you will see this icon in menu bar:


How did Search App (Movies) get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was also vailable in the webstore:


How do I remove Search App (Movies)?

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 Search App (Movies)?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes Search App (Movies) completely.
  • If you are using an older version of Malwarebytes, you may have to remove the Chrome extension manually under Tools > More Tools > Extensions. Click on the bin behind the Search App (Movies) 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.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Search App (Movies) hijacker. It would have blocked the install site.


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://www.blpsearch.com/search?sid=674&aid={APPID}&itype=u&src=ds&p={searchTerms}&tm=0
 CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> BLPSearch
 CHR Extension: (SearchApp) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg [2018-01-11]
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\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\
       Adds the file manifest.json"="1/11/2018 9:33 AM, 1668 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="1/11/2018 9:33 AM, 449 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="12/25/2017 9:31 AM, 1769 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\icons
       Adds the file checker.gif"="8/22/2017 12:35 PM, 43 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon-128.png"="1/11/2018 9:33 AM, 8663 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\js
       Adds the file background.js"="8/22/2017 12:35 PM, 10614 bytes, A
       Adds the file brand.js"="8/22/2017 12:35 PM, 218 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg"="REG_SZ", "2220F22EAFFEFD6AAB729B9687749DA2FAD6ACF7B2F47FBEF553DE2699DFF630"
Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 1/11/18
Scan Time: 9:40 AM
Log File: 1b78368c-f6ab-11e7-85bd-080027750297.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.3672
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: 246508
Threats Detected: 14
Threats Quarantined: 14
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 52 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: 5
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\_metadata, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\icons, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\js, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672

File: 9
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\icons\checker.gif, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\icons\icon-128.png, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\js\background.js, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672
PUP.Optional.BlpSearch.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\iihpkcgdnfcebllbnabebjmndekcnlgg\\manifest.json, Quarantined, [8635], [443081],1.0.3672

Physical Sector: 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
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