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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is GIMage Downloader?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that GIMage Downloader is a clicker and forced Chrome extension.

How do I know if my computer is affected by GIMage Downloader?

You may see these warnings during install:

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and see this entry in your list of installed Chrome extensions:

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After the install you may see sponsored ads added to your search results marked like this:

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How did GIMage Downloader get on my computer?
Forced extensions use a typical method for distributing themselves. This particular one was also available in the webstore.

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How do I remove GIMage Downloader?

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 GIMage Downloader?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes GIMage Downloader completely.
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: (GImage Downloader) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk [2018-06-07]
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\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0
       Adds the file background.html"="5/30/2018 2:55 PM, 1058 bytes, A
       Adds the file background.js"="5/24/2018 4:30 PM, 62 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="6/7/2018 8:53 AM, 1392 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="6/7/2018 8:53 AM, 7030 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="5/31/2018 1:51 PM, 2700 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\content
       Adds the file content.css"="5/24/2018 4:26 PM, 480 bytes, A
       Adds the file content.js"="5/24/2018 4:52 PM, 5563 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="6/7/2018 8:53 AM, 3221 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon16.png"="6/7/2018 8:53 AM, 389 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon256.png"="6/7/2018 8:53 AM, 6544 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon48.png"="6/7/2018 8:53 AM, 1212 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\lib
       Adds the file bootstrap.min.css"="5/24/2018 4:26 PM, 121200 bytes, A
       Adds the file bootstrap.min.js"="5/24/2018 4:26 PM, 37045 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery-3.2.1.min.js"="5/24/2018 4:26 PM, 86659 bytes, A
       Adds the file vue.js"="5/24/2018 4:03 PM, 289714 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk"="REG_SZ", "E2E638F1CD7F6F2D10AD7476988A54D49234AE116955457E6DE5C460D35B324F"
Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 6/7/18
Scan Time: 9:04 AM
Log File: f62b0f47-6a20-11e8-9226-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.3.1.2183
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.5386
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: 238820
Threats Detected: 23
Threats Quarantined: 23
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 26 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: 6
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\content, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\icons, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\lib, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\EXTENSIONS\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386

File: 17
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\content\content.css, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\content\content.js, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\icons\icon256.png, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\icons\icon48.png, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\lib\bootstrap.min.css, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\lib\bootstrap.min.js, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\lib\jquery-3.2.1.min.js, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\lib\vue.js, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\background.html, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\background.js, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\kkifaokjmhkldhhobokehcgafkagjnnk\2.0.4_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [845], [527832],1.0.5386
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [845], [527832],1.0.5386

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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