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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Smart Music Search?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Smart Music Search is a browser 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 displays advertisements.

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

You may see this Chrome extensions:

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and these warnings during install:

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and this changed setting:

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How did Smart Music Search get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their website:

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but the Chrome extension was also available in the webstore:

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How do I remove Smart Music 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 Smart Music Search?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes Smart Music 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 Smart Music Search hijacker by blocking the site that spreads the extensions.

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://livemediasearch.run/search?query={searchTerms}&type=web
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Smart Music Search
CHR Extension: (Smart Music Search) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn [2018-07-02]
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\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0
       Adds the file background.js"="12/1/2017 5:32 PM, 650 bytes, A
       Adds the file content.js"="12/1/2017 5:32 PM, 164 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="7/2/2018 8:48 AM, 1554 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="7/2/2018 8:48 AM, 240 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="12/1/2017 5:32 PM, 1760 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\images
       Adds the file icon_128.png"="7/2/2018 8:48 AM, 5155 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon_19.png"="7/2/2018 8:48 AM, 678 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn"="REG_SZ", "3F8490DD0167E3FBB8D88573C536F6FCC38672AF9EF823D0073B7EF61B55EDA2"
Malwarebytes log:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 7/2/18
Scan Time: 8:55 AM
Log File: ef4e86e6-7dc4-11e8-bc63-00ffdcc6fdfc.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.5.1.2522
Components Version: 1.0.374
Update Package Version: 1.0.5725
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 251633
Threats Detected: 13
Threats Quarantined: 13
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 28 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: 4
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\images, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\ODLDOHFPNJEFEBDDGAONAGHBDOBEJEHN, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725

File: 9
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\ODLDOHFPNJEFEBDDGAONAGHBDOBEJEHN\1.0.0_0\BACKGROUND.JS, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\images\icon_128.png, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\images\icon_19.png, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\content.js, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725
PUP.Optional.MediaFindPlugin.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\odldohfpnjefebddgaonaghbdobejehn\1.0.0_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [14265], [526633],1.0.5725

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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