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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Shield My Searches?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Shield My Searches 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.
This particular one is a search hijacker and uses web push notifications.

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How do I know if my computer is affected by Shield My Searches?

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

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this heading above your search results:

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and this changed setting:

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How did Shield My Searches 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 Shield My Searches?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes for Windows to your desktop.
  • Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  • Click on the Get started button.
  • Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  • When the scan is finished click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  • Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Shield My Searches?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes Shield My Searches completely.
  • If you have allowed the notifications you can read here how to disable them.
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 Shield My Searches hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR Notifications: Default -> hxxps://shieldmysearches.com
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://shieldmysearches.com/search.html?appId=13120&q={searchTerms}&acTypeId=1
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> Shield my Searches
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://shieldmysearches.com/apps/keywordSuggestion?q={searchTerms}&acTypeId=1&browser=0
CHR Extension: (Web) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd [2020-04-23]
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\bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd\1.0.0.7_0
       Adds the file background.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 11110 bytes, A
       Adds the file contentGoogle.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 11608 bytes, A
       Adds the file contentScript.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 6298 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="4/23/2020 9:21 AM, 2246 bytes, A
       Adds the file misc.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 3533 bytes, A
       Adds the file specificBackground.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 2347 bytes, A
       Adds the file util.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 4753 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd\1.0.0.7_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="4/23/2020 9:21 AM, 1806 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 2784 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd\1.0.0.7_0\distJs
       Adds the file constants.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 5332 bytes, A
       Adds the file distribution.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 1331 bytes, A
       Adds the file helper.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 15433 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd\1.0.0.7_0\html
       Adds the file popup.css"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 2971 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.html"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 2250 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.js"="3/26/2020 3:15 PM, 1179 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd\1.0.0.7_0\icons
       Adds the file icon128.png"="4/23/2020 9:21 AM, 5980 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd"="REG_SZ", "77C62540F7E8E5295F832683FB572048CB2D0B649616108A66BAE9D9D556C9C0"
Malwarebytes log:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/23/20
Scan Time: 9:34 AM
Log File: e91014ce-8534-11ea-abef-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.1.0.56
Components Version: 1.0.875
Update Package Version: 1.0.22802
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: 233615
Threats Detected: 8
Threats Quarantined: 8
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 15 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
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.SearchHijacker.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|bklnbnjkogjcjoegbgoaijghlokobddd, Quarantined, 269, 814207, , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
PUP.Optional.SearchHijacker.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BKLNBNJKOGJCJOEGBGOAIJGHLOKOBDDD, Quarantined, 269, 814207, 1.0.22802, , ame, 

File: 6
PUP.Optional.SearchHijacker.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 269, 814207, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchHijacker.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 269, 814207, , , , 
PUP.Optional.SearchHijacker.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BKLNBNJKOGJCJOEGBGOAIJGHLOKOBDDD\1.0.0.7_0\BACKGROUND.JS, Quarantined, 269, 814207, 1.0.22802, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 212, 814211, 1.0.22802, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 212, 814211, 1.0.22802, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 212, 814211, 1.0.22802, , ame, 

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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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):
  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
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