PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage

Short bio

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage is Malwarebytes' detection name for a specific family of browser hijackers that target Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge and IE.

Symptoms

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage Chrome

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage Chrome

[caption id="attachment_23832" align="aligncenter" width="600"]PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage Firefox

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage Firefox

[caption id="attachment_23833" align="aligncenter" width="586"]PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage Internet Explorer

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage Internet Explorer

or this entry in their list of installed Programs and Features:

[caption id="attachment_23834" align="aligncenter" width="600"]PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage installed

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage installed

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage websit

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage website

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage is often installed by uesers themselves due to aggressive advertising and redirects.

Aftermath

PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage may lower the security settings for the Microsoft browsers so it is advisable to review your privacy settings if you had one of their extensions installed.

Protection

block PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage

 

and it blocks their advertisement server:

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Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:

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-Log Details- Scan Date: 5/17/18 Scan Time: 8:51 AM Log File: b949f408-599e-11e8-8ba0-080027235d76.json Administrator: Yes

-Software Information- Version: 3.3.1.2183 Components Version: 1.0.262 Update Package Version: 1.0.5142 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: 239646 Threats Detected: 56 Threats Quarantined: 56 Time Elapsed: 3 min, 24 sec

-Scan Options- Memory: Enabled Startup: Enabled Filesystem: Enabled Archives: Enabled Rootkits: Enabled Heuristics: Enabled PUP: Detect PUM: Detect

-Scan Details- Process: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Module: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 4 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\MapsVoyage, Quarantined, [2523], [445348],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{D5E9DCD8-0BB0-45BC-8D94-2FE0AD4E8EA0}, Quarantined, [2523], [522547],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{D5E9DCD8-0BB0-45BC-8D94-2FE0AD4E8EA0}, Quarantined, [2523], [522547],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{D5E9DCD8-0BB0-45BC-8D94-2FE0AD4E8EA0}, Quarantined, [2523], [522547],1.0.5142

Registry Value: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Folder: 13 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\MAPSVOYAGE, Quarantined, [2523], [445345],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\javascript, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\icons, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\core, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\html, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\main, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\css, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\lib, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FNIEHCCHKCALBCLCPFLEAKJKHJDBMCEM, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142

File: 39 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MOZILLA\FIREFOX\PROFILES\{profile}.default\EXTENSIONS\{008DB332-FEB7-447C-8359-829C2E5FC374}.XPI, Quarantined, [2523], [522543],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\MapsVoyage\masvoe.dll, Quarantined, [2523], [445345],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\MapsVoyage\masvoe.exe, Quarantined, [2523], [445345],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\MapsVoyage\unmasvoe.exe, Quarantined, [2523], [445345],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\000003.log, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\CURRENT, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\LOCK, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\LOG, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\FNIEHCCHKCALBCLCPFLEAKJKHJDBMCEM\157.4716.1096.31_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\core\abolishQueue.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\css\backcomp.css, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\css\style.css, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\html\background.html, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\icons\128.png, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\icons\16.png, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\icons\19.png, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\icons\32.png, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\icons\38.png, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\icons\48.png, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\icons\64.png, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\javascript\throwbackPower.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\js\vast.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\lib\require.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\main\buildTimeout.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\main\buildTimeoutA.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\main\buildTimeoutB.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\main\buildTimeoutC.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\main\includeAccountant.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\main\moveQuery.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\main\viewTheme.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\acclaimStore.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\accumulateText.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem\157.4716.1096.31_0\settleAcceptor.js, Quarantined, [2523], [522541],1.0.5142 PUP.Optional.MapsVoyage, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\MAPSVOYAGE.EXE, Quarantined, [2523], [445344],1.0.5142

Physical Sector: 0 (No malicious items detected)

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Traces/IOCs

You may see these entries in FRST logs:

BHO-x32: MapsVoyage -> {D5E9DCD8-0BB0-45BC-8D94-2FE0AD4E8EA0} -> C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\MapsVoyage\masvoe.dll [2017-07-31] (MapsVoyage)
FF Extension: No Name - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\{profile}.default\Extensions\{008db332-feb7-447c-8359-829c2e5fc374}.xpi [2018-05-16]
CHR Extension: (Advertisements by MapsVoyage) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\fniehcchkcalbclcpfleakjkhjdbmcem [2018-05-16]
CHR Extension: (MapsVoyage Ads) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pjpjefgijnjlhgegceegmpecklonpdjp [2018-05-12]
CHR Extension: (MaptoDirections) - C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hohgmhnldfionknlilmdfobfheikniin [2018-02-04]
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\MapsVoyage

MapsVoyage (HKCU\...\MapsVoyage) (Version: 1.0.0 - )

Add an exclusion

Should users wish to keep this program and exclude it from being detected in future scans, they can add the program to the exclusions list. Here’s how to do it.

  • Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
  • Click the Detection History
  • Click the Allow List
  • To add an item to the Allow List, click Add.
  • Select the exclusion type Allow a file or folder and use the Select a folder button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary files or folder(s) that belong to the software.

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