PUP.Optional.QxSearch

Short bio

qxsearch chrome extension

The extensions have different names but the description is the same.

Symptoms

hijacked search engines

Warning about the hijacked search engines during install

Type and source of the infection

Searchgg custom search

A typical search may lead to this tab

PUP.Optional.QxSearch extensions are usually installed by the users themselves. They are redirected to the Webstore by misleading advetisements and websites.

qxserach website

Protection

Malwarebytes blocks wajm.icu

Malwarebytes blocks wajm.icu

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.QxSearch 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:

Malwarebytes
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-Log Details- Scan Date: 7/31/19 Scan Time: 2:11 PM Log File: 634c5ffc-b38c-11e9-8b91-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information- Version: 3.8.3.2965 Components Version: 1.0.613 Update Package Version: 1.0.11789 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: 236483 Threats Detected: 19 Threats Quarantined: 19 Time Elapsed: 8 min, 50 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: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 1 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789

Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Folder: 5 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\5.7_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\5.7_0\icons, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\5.7_0, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BJOIGJECKCLLKADLJICEICGIMDJNMHMH, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789

File: 13 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\000003.log, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\CURRENT, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\LOCK, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\LOG, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BJOIGJECKCLLKADLJICEICGIMDJNMHMH\5.7_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\5.7_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\5.7_0\icons\icon48.png, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\5.7_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\5.7_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789 PUP.Optional.QXSearch, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\bjoigjeckcllkadljiceicgimdjnmhmh\5.7_0\background.js, Quarantined, [351], [676735],1.0.11789

Physical Sector: 0 (No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0 (No malicious items detected)

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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.

Traces/IOCs

Domains: qxsearch.com searchprivacyplus.com searchdimension.com qip.party bigsrch.xyz

Associated threats

  • Adware.SearchEngineHijack
  • PUP.Optional.SearchDimension

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