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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is TheMovie-Quest.com?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that TheMovie-Quest.com 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 TheMovie-Quest.com?

You may see these warnings during install:

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website3.png

warning1.png

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and you will see this icon in your Chrome menubar:

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How did TheMovie-Quest.com get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was pushed by aggressive advertising.

How do I remove TheMovie-Quest.com?

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 TheMovie-Quest.com?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes TheMovie-Quest.com completely.
  • This PUP creates some scheduled tasks. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.
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 TheMovie-Quest.com 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://www.themovie-quest.com/yhs/search?p={searchTerms}&hspart=mnet&hsimp=yhs-001&type=
 CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Yahoo
 CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxp://www.themovie-quest.com/sugg/ie?output=fxjson&command={searchTerms}&nResults=10
 CHR Extension: (Web Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke [2018-03-15]
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\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="3/15/2018 9:14 AM, 2373 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="3/15/2018 9:14 AM, 6481 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 4857 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\core
       Adds the file background.js"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 21618 bytes, A
       Adds the file backscript.js"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 3446 bytes, A
       Adds the file content.js"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 2081 bytes, A
       Adds the file distribution.js"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 11588 bytes, A
       Adds the file fingerprint.js"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 10170 bytes, A
       Adds the file md5.js"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 12297 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\forbessearch
       Adds the file 128.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 8885 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 4659 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 5525 bytes, A
       Adds the file 48.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 6314 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\gamessearch
       Adds the file 128.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 5172 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 2444 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 2799 bytes, A
       Adds the file 48.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 3262 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\moviesearch
       Adds the file 128.png"="3/15/2018 9:14 AM, 5052 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16.png"="3/15/2018 9:14 AM, 558 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32.png"="3/15/2018 9:14 AM, 1182 bytes, A
       Adds the file 48.png"="3/15/2018 9:14 AM, 1911 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\musicquest
       Adds the file 128.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 4522 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 1286 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 1280 bytes, A
       Adds the file 48.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 2268 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\RecipeSearch
       Adds the file 128.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 26213 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 23992 bytes, A
       Adds the file 32.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 24336 bytes, A
       Adds the file 48.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 24655 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\smartSearch
       Adds the file 128.png"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 7526 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\js
       Adds the file jquery.js"="7/24/2017 10:27 AM, 148159 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke"="REG_SZ", "4FA0B7370EAAADA7B8BD69319C04D19CB26E54EC5F5897C7EFD296DBA6374566"
Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/15/18
Scan Time: 9:30 AM
Log File: 1a33dc21-282b-11e8-bd52-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.3.1.2183
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.4364
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: 243673
Threats Detected: 45
Threats Quarantined: 45
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 38 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
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: 12
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\forbessearch, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\RecipeSearch, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\gamessearch, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\moviesearch, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\smartSearch, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\musicquest, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\_metadata, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\core, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\js, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\DNDLFBINGONKADCEBNLGEJFONCLMCCKE, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364

File: 33
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\DNDLFBINGONKADCEBNLGEJFONCLMCCKE\1.1.30.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\core\background.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\core\backscript.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\core\content.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\core\distribution.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\core\fingerprint.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\core\md5.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\forbessearch\128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\forbessearch\16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\forbessearch\32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\forbessearch\48.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\gamessearch\128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\gamessearch\16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\gamessearch\32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\gamessearch\48.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\moviesearch\128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\moviesearch\16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\moviesearch\32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\moviesearch\48.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\musicquest\128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\musicquest\16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\musicquest\32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\musicquest\48.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\RecipeSearch\128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\RecipeSearch\16.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\RecipeSearch\32.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\RecipeSearch\48.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\icons\smartSearch\128.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\js\jquery.js, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364
PUP.Optional.TheMovieQuest, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dndlfbingonkadcebnlgejfonclmccke\1.1.30.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Delete-on-Reboot, [5799], [494889],1.0.4364

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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