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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Score Stars New Tab?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Score Stars New Tab is a browser NewTab. These so-called "NewTabs" can 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 Score Stars New Tab?

You may see this browser extension:


these warnings during install:





You may see this icon in your browsers menu-bar:


this new startpage:


and this new setting:


How did Score Stars New Tab get on my computer?

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


after being promoted on their website:


How do I remove Score Stars New Tab?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
You can use their own uninstall instructions first, but I would advise to follow the steps below anyway.
  • 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 Score Stars New Tab?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Score Stars New Tab completely.
  • If your browsers have been hijacked, you should read our Restore Browser page. You can read there how to fix additional browser redirect methods.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

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

The full version of Malwarebytes protects against browser hijackers.

Technical details for experts

Possible signs in a FRST log:

CHR NewTab: Default ->  Active:"chrome-extension://leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan/redirect.html"
CHR Extension: (Score Stars New Tab) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan [2019-05-09]
Significant changes made by the installers:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0
       Adds the file closer.js"="3/18/2019 3:54 PM, 15 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="5/9/2019 9:11 AM, 1500 bytes, A
       Adds the file redirect.html"="3/18/2019 3:54 PM, 60 bytes, A
       Adds the file tab.html"="3/18/2019 3:54 PM, 165 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="5/9/2019 9:11 AM, 1014 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="3/18/2019 3:54 PM, 2360 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="5/9/2019 9:11 AM, 14821 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="5/9/2019 9:11 AM, 871 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="5/9/2019 9:11 AM, 6170 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="3/18/2019 3:54 PM, 31984 bytes, A
       Adds the file redirect.js"="3/18/2019 3:54 PM, 367 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="3/18/2019 3:54 PM, 77 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan"="REG_SZ", "4712DD891FE299E13967F8958B1893A3B6FFA39012CD58842B58C78E6543DB1C"
The Malwarebytes scan log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 5/9/19
Scan Time: 9:24 AM
Log File: 76c99165-722b-11e9-8605-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.563
Update Package Version: 1.0.10524
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: 236340
Threats Detected: 21
Threats Quarantined: 21
Time Elapsed: 5 min, 22 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.ScoreStars, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 6
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\images\icons, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\scripts, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\images, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524

File: 14
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\images\icons\128x128.png, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\images\icons\16x16.png, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\images\icons\64x64.png, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\scripts\background.js, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\scripts\redirect.js, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\scripts\sitecontent.js, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\closer.js, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\redirect.html, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524
PUP.Optional.ScoreStars, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\leepdigigipibbamhghhoihcmgbnffan\1.0.0_0\tab.html, Quarantined, [352], [680330],1.0.10524

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against browser hijackers.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention
Save yourself the hassle and get protected.
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