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Removal instructions for brality

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What is brality?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that brality is a forced extension.

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

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


and these warnings during install:




How did brality get on my computer?

Browser hijackers use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was a forced Chrome extension.
But it was also available in the webstore at the time of writing.


How do I remove brality?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of brality?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes brality completely.
  • You may have to remove the Chrome Extension manually under Tools > More Tools > Extensions. Click on the bin behind the brality entry and confirm Remove in the prompt.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

We protect our customers from forced extensions by blocking the sites that spread them:


Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 CHR DefaultSearchURL: Default -> hxxp://brality.com?q={searchTerms}
 CHR DefaultSearchKeyword: Default -> brality
 CHR Extension: (brality) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao [2017-10-31]
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\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0
       Adds the file apple-touch-icon-57x57.png"="10/29/2017 7:25 PM, 3990 bytes, A
       Adds the file back.js"="10/29/2017 7:08 PM, 5003 bytes, A
       Adds the file highlight.min.js"="10/29/2017 7:25 PM, 22562 bytes, A
       Adds the file icon.png"="10/31/2017 8:55 AM, 672 bytes, A
       Adds the file manifest.json"="10/31/2017 8:55 AM, 1122 bytes, A
       Adds the file normalize.css"="10/29/2017 7:25 PM, 6875 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\_metadata
       Adds the file computed_hashes.json"="10/31/2017 8:55 AM, 796 bytes, A
       Adds the file verified_contents.json"="10/29/2017 7:08 PM, 1868 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
       "gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao"="REG_SZ", "BD0A38EA2BEAF45B835A1275893A9701D419CE6284BAEAEA220BE92E2249F79B"

Malwarebytes log:


-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/31/17
Scan Time: 9:07 AM
Log File: 840abf52-be12-11e7-8f01-080027750297.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Components Version: 1.0.212
Update Package Version: 1.0.3136
License: Premium

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

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 332187
Threats Detected: 13
Threats Quarantined: 12
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 20 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: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\EXTENSIONS\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136

File: 10
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\apple-touch-icon-57x57.png, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\back.js, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\highlight.min.js, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\icon.png, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\gghpcjhjifkoojkmdooebifjgmfknaao\8.23.1_0\normalize.css, Quarantined, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Secure Preferences, Removal Failed, [633], [451952],1.0.3136
Rogue.ForcedExtension, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\Preferences, Replaced, [633], [451952],1.0.3136

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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