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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Tower Blocks?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Tower Blocks is a hijacker and forced Chrome extension.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Tower Blocks?

You may see these warnings during install:

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

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How did Tower Blocks get on my computer?

This type of extension is installed by making the visitor think it is needed to enter the website:

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This particular one was also available in the webstore.

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How do I remove Tower Blocks?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this 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 Tower Blocks?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes Tower Blocks 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 Tower Blocks 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 forced extension.

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 Extension: (Tower Blocks) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo [2018-04-09]
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\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0
       Adds the file background.html"="1/18/2018 2:54 PM, 1262 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="4/9/2018 8:36 AM, 1121 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="4/9/2018 8:36 AM, 15969 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="3/16/2018 12:22 PM, 2801 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\assets
       Adds the file 128.png"="4/9/2018 8:36 AM, 6839 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\css
       Adds the file option.css"="1/18/2018 2:38 PM, 2745 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.css"="1/18/2018 2:38 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\html
       Adds the file popup.html"="1/18/2018 2:38 PM, 438 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\js
       Adds the file background.bundle.js"="3/16/2018 12:21 PM, 2311 bytes, A
       Adds the file content.bundle.js"="1/18/2018 2:42 PM, 721 bytes, A
       Adds the file option.bundle.js"="1/18/2018 2:48 PM, 15729 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.bundle.js"="1/18/2018 2:42 PM, 199 bytes, A
       Adds the file vendor.bundle.js"="3/16/2018 12:21 PM, 224012 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\lib
       Adds the file three.js"="1/18/2018 2:46 PM, 800676 bytes, A
       Adds the file timer.js"="1/18/2018 2:53 PM, 4112 bytes, A
       Adds the file tweenmax.js"="1/18/2018 2:41 PM, 237732 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo"="REG_SZ", "2A3AD424BB2ADFCF86777100F18264984BDD7690875CAC7B3C2B40E8A2676388"
Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/9/18
Scan Time: 8:41 AM
Log File: 1712e439-3bc1-11e8-b64f-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.3.1.2183
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.4662
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: 245380
Threats Detected: 26
Threats Quarantined: 26
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 39 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: 8
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\assets, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\html, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\css, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\lib, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\EXTENSIONS\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662

File: 18
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\assets\128.png, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\css\option.css, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\css\popup.css, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\html\popup.html, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\js\background.bundle.js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\js\content.bundle.js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\js\option.bundle.js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\js\popup.bundle.js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\js\vendor.bundle.js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\lib\three.js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\lib\timer.js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\lib\tweenmax.js, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\background.html, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\dddpckplncklfbgaljojknnjolknpdbo\12.8.14_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662
Hijack.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [2116], [508012],1.0.4662

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)
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):
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