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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is MediaNewPage?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MediaNewPage 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 also sets their own NewTab.

How do I know if my computer is affected by MediaNewPage?

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

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and these warnings during install:

website.png

warning1.png

warning2.png

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and you will see this icon in your Chrome menu-bar:

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How did MediaNewPage get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was pushed by an ad-rotator, but was also available in the webstore:

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How do I remove MediaNewPage?

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 MediaNewPage?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes MediaNewPage 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 and Newtab by MediaNewPage 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 MediaNewPage hijacker. It would have blocked the site that pushed the extension.

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://search.medianewpagesearch.com/?src=MediaNewPage_ds&q={searchTerms}
 CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> keyword.MediaNewPage
 CHR Extension: (MediaNewPage) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma [2018-02-26]
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\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0
       Adds the file background.js"="12/12/2017 11:43 AM, 4132 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo.png"="2/26/2018 11:45 AM, 11039 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="2/26/2018 11:45 AM, 2189 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest_ff.json"="12/12/2017 11:43 AM, 1021 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="3/28/2017 9:56 AM, 555 bytes, A
       Adds the file redirect.html"="3/28/2017 9:56 AM, 52 bytes, A
       Adds the file redirect.js"="12/12/2017 11:43 AM, 1188 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="2/26/2018 11:45 AM, 609 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="12/12/2017 11:52 AM, 1959 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma"="REG_SZ", "E5F070C9D1970C6AD5F0E0E97D3AC1B0CDFC91AF76AEA259397F802CC1065C2B"
Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 2/26/18
Scan Time: 11:54 AM
Log File: 795b2ce5-1ae3-11e8-80dc-080027750297.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.3.1.2183
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.4104
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: 243721
Threats Detected: 14
Threats Quarantined: 14
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 45 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
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\MDDFIIEEPFJPCHIMGGJMDMBECGFDIDMA, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104

File: 11
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\MDDFIIEEPFJPCHIMGGJMDMBECGFDIDMA\0.8_0\REDIRECT.JS, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\background.js, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\logo.png, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\manifest_ff.json, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\popup.html, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104
PUP.Optional.Imali.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\mddfiieepfjpchimggjmdmbecgfdidma\0.8_0\redirect.html, Quarantined, [2248], [443118],1.0.4104

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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