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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is ConvertMySearch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that ConvertMySearch 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 ConvertMySearch?

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

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and this changed setting:

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You may have noticed these warnings during install:

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How did ConvertMySearch 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 ConvertMySearch?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this search hijacker.
  • 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 ConvertMySearch?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes ConvertMySearch completely.
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, and the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the ConvertMySearch hijacker. It would have blocked their website, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.convertmysearch.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=convertmysearch&barcodeid=574990000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> ConvertMySearch
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.convertmysearch.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (ConvertMySearch) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib [2020-10-30]
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\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 2121 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="6/17/2020 12:49 PM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="6/17/2020 12:49 PM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 7793 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 754 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 3496 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="6/17/2020 12:49 PM, 514626 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="6/17/2020 12:49 PM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib
       Adds the file 000003.log"="10/30/2020 8:47 AM, 564 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="10/30/2020 8:46 AM, 407 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG.old"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 184 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib
       Adds the file ConvertMySearch.ico"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 196897 bytes, A
       Adds the file ConvertMySearch.ico.md5"="10/30/2020 8:44 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib"="REG_SZ", "49C29F838EF4FA393C58E46209D90F396759048447D7C0A457ABDA0B76B76A93"
Malwarebytes log:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/30/20
Scan Time: 8:55 AM
Log File: 565869c4-1a85-11eb-95c1-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.2.1.89
Components Version: 1.0.1070
Update Package Version: 1.0.32238
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: 231860
Threats Detected: 12
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 3 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|imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib, Quarantined, 15501, 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\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\IMBDKPOBFGEAIGGBLIEBJHNODEGPHOIB, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, 1.0.32238, , ame, , , 

File: 9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15501, 799722, , , , , EC31CD5D82894D3D916F13B415974F8A, C469D3EE58B01BB56132604417C65CA37A8B041EDEBE7D425B289E24E2899044
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15501, 799722, , , , , A66BF7989261A35F3E4120227523805C, 67F6D24864688B088C4975C9BB69BEA379A51D2A067111B158C07D81E5C2DEB5
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\000003.log, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, , , , , 7FB9FFEF7C82F69EBBF356FB7995056D, 6B36968A9E3935F4C504C616ECF9CFDFA6B8BA7040FBC8680D7E07248431CFD7
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\LOCK, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\LOG, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, , , , , 258213A379F30AED909446F9DD13AD13, 588CB600593FAE0E259EDC4E9925727093F1FAA131515EF2B659473AC5030081
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\LOG.old, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, , , , , A684F25397926C6EE6B7CB50F6A3E450, 94FCFE399F7EDDF94E56C118008988270CBD328645CDB2195D2E8C5DD88F08B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\imbdkpobfgeaiggbliebjhnodegphoib\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\IMBDKPOBFGEAIGGBLIEBJHNODEGPHOIB\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15501, 799722, 1.0.32238, , ame, , 38A149E40F5411172569A9DD7FB66F1F, 50D35F366AA7176CF908AB14BA6F4A33C77A8B96BA4FD088742945C14DC4D708

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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