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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is AmazingFilms Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AmazingFilms Search 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.

How do I know if my computer is affected by AmazingFilms Search?

You may see these warnings during install:

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warning3.png

warning4.png

this Chrome extension:

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and you will see this icon in your Chrome browser menu:

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How did AmazingFilms Search get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was pushed by advertisements as a search engine for movies. But it was also available in the webstore:

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How do I remove AmazingFilms Search?

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 AmazingFilms Search?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes AmazingFilms Search 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 the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the AmazingFilms Search hijacker. It would have blocked the site pushing the extension.

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://search.amazeappz.com/search/?category=web&s=51ds&q={searchTerms}
 CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> AmazingFilms Search
 CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://sug.amazeappz.com/search/index_sg.php?q={searchTerms}
 CHR Extension: (AmazingFilms Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog [2018-02-16]
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\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0
       Adds the file EULA.txt"="1/31/2018 11:20 AM, 9799 bytes, A
       Adds the file init.js"="1/31/2018 11:20 AM, 8404 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="1/9/2018 7:44 AM, 85656 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="2/16/2018 8:51 AM, 1993 bytes, A
       Adds the file privacy.txt"="1/31/2018 11:20 AM, 6612 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate_and_share.js"="1/31/2018 11:20 AM, 19132 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="2/16/2018 8:51 AM, 4022 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="1/31/2018 11:20 AM, 2721 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images
       Adds the file icon128.png"="2/16/2018 8:51 AM, 10768 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="2/16/2018 8:51 AM, 739 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\rateshare
       Adds the file close.png"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 1920 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate.jpg"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 102155 bytes, A
       Adds the file rate1.png"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 12334 bytes, A
       Adds the file share.jpg"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 17633 bytes, A
       Adds the file share1.png"="12/27/2017 12:41 PM, 4466 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog"="REG_SZ", "86CA9903E843ECD5A22C747DB9710BE35AC45F2B4DADE1856C7DD09B2A7E35F7"
Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/16/18
Scan Time: 9:02 AM
Log File: c6d6a33d-12ef-11e8-a0d7-080027750297.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.3.1.2183
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.3964
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: 242627
Threats Detected: 22
Threats Quarantined: 22
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 9 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.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\rateshare, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\OACGKHAMBNKKJBINDJDIFHFOFEPMELOG, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964

File: 17
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\OACGKHAMBNKKJBINDJDIFHFOFEPMELOG\1.0.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\rateshare\close.png, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\rateshare\rate.jpg, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\rateshare\rate1.png, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\rateshare\share.jpg, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\rateshare\share1.png, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\icon128.png, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\images\icon16.png, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\EULA.txt, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\init.js, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\privacy.txt, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964
PUP.Optional.AmazeApps.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\oacgkhambnkkjbindjdifhfofepmelog\1.0.0_0\rate_and_share.js, Quarantined, [8326], [490503],1.0.3964

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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