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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is AllStreamSearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AllStreamSearch 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 AllStreamSearch?

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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and these changed settings:

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How did AllStreamSearch 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 AllStreamSearch?

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 AllStreamSearch?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes AllStreamSearch 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 AllStreamSearch 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://get.allstreamsearch.com
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.allstreamsearch.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=allstreamsearch&barcodeid=584010000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> AllStreamSearch
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.allstreamsearch.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (AllStreamSearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja [2020-10-27]
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\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 2120 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="10/6/2020 9:13 AM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="10/6/2020 9:13 AM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 6990 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 587 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 3464 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="10/6/2020 9:13 AM, 514520 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="10/6/2020 9:13 AM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja
       Adds the file 000003.log"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja
       Adds the file AllStreamSearch.ico"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 191305 bytes, A
       Adds the file AllStreamSearch.ico.md5"="10/27/2020 10:24 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja"="REG_SZ", "2381083FC289DC1237BE58D81A37B9E9F622EEF90805A2EEF0681574A02E2DF7"
Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/27/20
Scan Time: 10:32 AM
Log File: 48cc133c-1837-11eb-8b37-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.2.1.89
Components Version: 1.0.1070
Update Package Version: 1.0.32090
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: 231872
Threats Detected: 12
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 17 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|aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja, Quarantined, 15481, 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\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja, Quarantined, 15481, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\AEPIENEGBAAKAIGHJEBNJNHDHCHMGCJA, Quarantined, 15481, 799722, 1.0.32090, , ame, , , 

File: 9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15481, 799722, , , , , 1C35A615314EECB597FF15602F587A43, B3545817BE3FEFC28D55FE32170FC8B0C67C8507220FCDB033AB7B64CAD7E74E
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15481, 799722, , , , , 04134B6072690AB8B3E3EC9016CBFD19, 8D7F43DFCCD1E27EAF95ACDFBF7F2BFDD214D23413FCA0149F6C1B531B3F04E6
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\000003.log, Quarantined, 15481, 799722, , , , , F75A77571B0189710589135E4417FF4D, C48439B43F0AF7309DB0E904A119EFC7E7403E7F841EE87C4C6B9B55CFA75668
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15481, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\LOCK, Quarantined, 15481, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\LOG, Quarantined, 15481, 799722, , , , , 19CB01C018BF2A3F8FF823B1AE6D9174, 736FBDFABAEC9F49CB165AE301BF11F806563FA9175176BE8A9DB933D8B32315
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\aepienegbaakaighjebnjnhdhchmgcja\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15481, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\AEPIENEGBAAKAIGHJEBNJNHDHCHMGCJA\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15481, 799722, 1.0.32090, , ame, , 0F2D108009B5036FD08995F7E5CF11F9, 2C82C3EA4E7B5AEDC766EFA35025902EF4E1BE64F433764C1BF720E43FAE56E7
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 203, 846248, 1.0.32090, , ame, , 04134B6072690AB8B3E3EC9016CBFD19, 8D7F43DFCCD1E27EAF95ACDFBF7F2BFDD214D23413FCA0149F6C1B531B3F04E6

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.
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