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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is WowMusix Start?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that WowMusix Start 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 WowMusix Start?

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

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and these warnings during install:

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warning2.png

warning3.png

You will see this icon in your Chrome menu-bar:

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and this changed setting:

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How did WowMusix Start get on my computer?

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

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after a redirect from their website:

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How do I remove WowMusix Start?

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 WowMusix Start?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes WowMusix Start completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR NewTab: Default ->  Active:"chrome-extension://agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb/index.html"
CHR Extension: (WowMusix Start) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb [2019-01-15]
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\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0
       Adds the file index.html"="12/9/2015 3:57 PM, 10658 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="1/15/2019 9:03 AM, 1137 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="1/15/2019 9:03 AM, 12371 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="12/9/2015 4:16 PM, 4757 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons
       Adds the file icons_ama.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2473 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_ebay.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2542 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_fb.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2155 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_flickr.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2344 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_gogleplus.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2622 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_gomusix.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2710 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_inst.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2407 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_linked.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2215 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_movixHub.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2434 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_pin.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2579 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_tumbir.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2212 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_twi.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2451 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_yah.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2374 bytes, A
       Adds the file icons_yt.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 2543 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs
       Adds the file logo.png"="1/15/2019 9:03 AM, 4126 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\offers
       Adds the file classic.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 23964 bytes, A
       Adds the file dance.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 44793 bytes, A
       Adds the file electro.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 24754 bytes, A
       Adds the file jazz.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 19203 bytes, A
       Adds the file pop.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 28281 bytes, A
       Adds the file rock.png"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 38678 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js
       Adds the file auto_complete.js"="12/9/2015 4:15 PM, 2493 bytes, A
       Adds the file background.js"="12/9/2015 3:57 PM, 3551 bytes, A
       Adds the file bootstrap.min.js"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 35607 bytes, A
       Adds the file content.js"="12/9/2015 4:07 PM, 5369 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery.min.js"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 93104 bytes, A
       Adds the file jquery-1.9.1.js"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 277978 bytes, A
       Adds the file jqueryui.min.js"="11/19/2015 4:39 PM, 228013 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb"="REG_SZ", "2D2E7C92D72FEFF8647F22550F1E16F7EE304E3D2463A56C51EC6039307F9E88"
Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 1/15/19
Scan Time: 9:15 AM
Log File: c5ce4d8d-189d-11e9-b4f2-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.6.1.2711
Components Version: 1.0.482
Update Package Version: 1.0.8694
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: 236265
Threats Detected: 42
Threats Quarantined: 42
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 54 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: 1
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 7
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\offers, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\AGIBAGFLPPAFHFONKEFPKLNDLOHKCLCB, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694

File: 34
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\AGIBAGFLPPAFHFONKEFPKLNDLOHKCLCB\1.0.4_0\INDEX.HTML, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_ama.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_ebay.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_fb.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_flickr.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_gogleplus.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_gomusix.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_inst.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_linked.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_movixHub.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_pin.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_tumbir.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_twi.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_yah.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\icons\icons_yt.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\offers\classic.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\offers\dance.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\offers\electro.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\offers\jazz.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\offers\pop.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\offers\rock.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\imgs\logo.png, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js\auto_complete.js, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js\background.js, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js\bootstrap.min.js, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js\content.js, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js\jquery-1.9.1.js, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\js\jqueryui.min.js, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694
PUP.Optional.GoMusix.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\agibagflppafhfonkefpklndlohkclcb\1.0.4_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [14426], [443087],1.0.8694

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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