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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is AllRadioSearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AllRadioSearch 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.


How do I know if my computer is affected by AllRadioSearch?

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


and these warnings during install:





and this changed settings:


How did AllRadioSearch get on my computer?

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


after a redirect from their website:


How do I remove AllRadioSearch?

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 AllRadioSearch?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes AllRadioSearch 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 Malwarebytes Browser Guard as well as the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the AllRadioSearch hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR Notifications: Default -> hxxps://get.allradiosearch.com
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.allradiosearch.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=allradiosearch&barcodeid=577070000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> AllRadioSearch
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.allradiosearch.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (AllRadioSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc [2020-09-28]
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 2108 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/24/2020 12:07 PM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="8/24/2020 12:07 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 6889 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 607 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 3235 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="8/24/2020 12:07 PM, 514511 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="8/24/2020 12:07 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc
       Adds the file 000003.log"="9/28/2020 8:58 AM, 832 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc
       Adds the file AllRadioSearch.ico"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 187759 bytes, A
       Adds the file AllRadioSearch.ico.md5"="9/28/2020 8:54 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc"="REG_SZ", "6A790C7ECDE09DDB4A3D2271D3EB1D1C64BC63D1AC3953E4082E9D41476AAF4C"
Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/28/20
Scan Time: 9:04 AM
Log File: daf25424-0158-11eb-94b5-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.1045
Update Package Version: 1.0.30516
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: 231674
Threats Detected: 12
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 5 min, 48 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
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, , , , , , 

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CEMLFCEAHLEPFGDLLHBHCCJCDPBLOPJC, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, 1.0.30516, , ame, , , 

File: 9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15364, 799722, , , , , 7AFE08898F425172BC6F94871B2CC74A, 3E91A3B77A8488EAFAA880D5C8FCB4FAF222FC67EFD74BB36E8222C62D89F316
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15364, 799722, , , , , F20D4090379658608C667AE5DAE6A242, 0913C1058C4027E819B6164817388543A333529B2FD74987EA04AD975652ED93
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\000003.log, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, , , , , E163704CE903EDAC8AC62DEE4FDB46B8, 41B297B2FA6B69550F220682B7871B73CCF3EE567F1289E6BEF0A07EA0219215
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\LOCK, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\LOG, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, , , , , 8AF3A8DAE42CD5E332336B10855EDAA6, CE1940BC1D79E45E8334016B80C2B73283FDE78D10F3CE75388019A3AA25FFB4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\cemlfceahlepfgdllhbhccjcdpblopjc\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CEMLFCEAHLEPFGDLLHBHCCJCDPBLOPJC\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15364, 799722, 1.0.30516, , ame, , 00E16A66ABD7C45C924185F7BC9D3A46, 0F0C1859465AA27D267FF4A9EC63C6B7B8AF12408C4F071FC7E4E8685FCA7BBB
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 203, 846248, 1.0.30516, , ame, , F20D4090379658608C667AE5DAE6A242, 0913C1058C4027E819B6164817388543A333529B2FD74987EA04AD975652ED93

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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