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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is AllMusicSearches?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AllMusicSearches 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. It also adds advertisements to your search results in the form of recommended searches.

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

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 this changed setting:

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How did AllMusicSearches 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 AllMusicSearches?

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 AllMusicSearches?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes AllMusicSearches 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 AllMusicSearches 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 Notifications: Default -> hxxps://get.allmusicsearches.com
CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxps://feed.allmusicsearches.com/?q={searchTerms}&publisher=allmusicsearches&barcodeid=577260000000000
CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> AllMusicSearches
CHR DefaultSuggestURL: Default -> hxxps://api.allmusicsearches.com/suggest/get?q={searchTerms}
CHR Extension: (AllMusicSearches) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj [2021-03-08]
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\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\1.1.0_0
       Adds the file manifest.json"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 2132 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\1.1.0_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 6255 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="8/24/2020 10:44 AM, 2049 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\1.1.0_0\images
       Adds the file logo-white-text.png"="8/24/2020 10:44 AM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\1.1.0_0\images\icons
       Adds the file 128x128.png"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 4637 bytes, A
       Adds the file 16x16.png"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 520 bytes, A
       Adds the file 64x64.png"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 2321 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\1.1.0_0\scripts
       Adds the file background.js"="8/24/2020 10:44 AM, 514529 bytes, A
       Adds the file sitecontent.js"="8/24/2020 10:44 AM, 77 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj
       Adds the file 000003.log"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file CURRENT"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 16 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOCK"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file LOG"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file MANIFEST-000001"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 41 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Web Applications\_crx_ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj
       Adds the file AllMusicSearches.ico"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 181707 bytes, A
       Adds the file AllMusicSearches.ico.md5"="3/8/2021 10:18 AM, 16 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Chrome\PreferenceMACs\Default\extensions.settings]
       "ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj"="REG_SZ", "B908D13B0EEA82D134E21FF89BEB5DAC1C8C4177B4B181F6585A3539DAF29138"
Malwarebytes log:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 3/8/21
Scan Time: 10:25 AM
Log File: 443572f2-7ff0-11eb-bceb-080027235d76.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.3.0.98
Components Version: 1.0.1173
Update Package Version: 1.0.37877
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}-PC\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 233367
Threats Detected: 12
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 40 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|ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj, Quarantined, 16150, 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\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj, Quarantined, 16150, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\LJKNIKNMACMHDNEFMNADABODLJHILOOJ, Quarantined, 16150, 799722, 1.0.37877, , ame, , , 

File: 9
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 16150, 799722, , , , , 96FECE9926463CBD0B08B3FB5BC753BE, C3F52BFF541292B2004F2DFEBADD2E42FE4B66B5707D8C1C14DF5B5942E4A098
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 16150, 799722, , , , , DF1E75DD9BF6119F195E522F3848C26D, 110AC98529A525098145BBD217AEE2BFDD1170CB82BC655A3AB5879E146E8691
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\000003.log, Quarantined, 16150, 799722, , , , , 1336BECEF15014988CE71F9B84C76B63, 8457B0EF1CE375E0B331E8D9115228D3D22FDEF73905F184BE32FF422C202B94
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\CURRENT, Quarantined, 16150, 799722, , , , , 46295CAC801E5D4857D09837238A6394, 0F1BAD70C7BD1E0A69562853EC529355462FCD0423263A3D39D6D0D70B780443
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\LOCK, Quarantined, 16150, 799722, , , , , , 
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\LOG, Quarantined, 16150, 799722, , , , , 4CDECD7BDFAF7DCD3202A901445E0EFA, 5EA2ACAD3FF62049F45EED93C438C61FE34BA519342CE3EC4A362E7E87B9850C
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\ljkniknmacmhdnefmnadabodljhilooj\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 16150, 799722, , , , , 5AF87DFD673BA2115E2FCF5CFDB727AB, F9D31B278E215EB0D0E9CD709EDFA037E828F36214AB7906F612160FEAD4B2B4
Adware.SearchEngineHijack.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\LJKNIKNMACMHDNEFMNADABODLJHILOOJ\1.1.0_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 16150, 799722, 1.0.37877, , ame, , F571C4062C2C546E57D7C120801A6355, 0CD8A873E269F4E43B066A63433B8D300AA333A34BF4EB71CB0371BBCA1393BE
PUP.Optional.PushNotifications, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 203, 856479, 1.0.37877, , ame, , DF1E75DD9BF6119F195E522F3848C26D, 110AC98529A525098145BBD217AEE2BFDD1170CB82BC655A3AB5879E146E8691

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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