PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo

Short bio

PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo is Malwarebytes' detection name for a family of browser hijackers that redirect the searches on affected browsers through searchalgo.com.

Symptoms

Altered search settings

Altered search settings resulting in search results that are routed through searchalgo.com

Type and source of infection

tooltip searchalgo

typical tooltip for this family

Protection

block gozooms.com

Malwarebytes blocks the domain of origin

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo 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: 8/16/18 Scan Time: 11:00 AM Log File: d9709bfd-a132-11e8-b916-00ffdcc6fdfc.json Administrator: Yes

-Software Information- Version: 3.5.1.2522 Components Version: 1.0.391 Update Package Version: 1.0.6367 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: 251900 Threats Detected: 75 Threats Quarantined: 75 Time Elapsed: 3 min, 37 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: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Folder: 18 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons download, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\notification, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons_tabs, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\button, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\_locales\en, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\css, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\img, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\_locales, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\icons, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CBIEIBOBPEFAOBHFNCPIMJIMBIJPLEBE, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367

File: 57 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\CBIEIBOBPEFAOBHFNCPIMJIMBIJPLEBE\1.0.3_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\icons\38.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\button\btn_save.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\button\btn_save_hover.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons\big_icon.jpg, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons\icon_19x19.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons\icon_38x38.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons\small_icon.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons download\btn.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons download\btn_hover.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons download\frame.jpg, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons download\v.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\danger.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\delete.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\folder.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\frame.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\pause.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\play.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\referrer.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\refresh.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\remove.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\safe.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons hover\stop.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons_tabs\delete.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons_tabs\filter.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons_tabs\folder.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons_tabs\search.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\icons_tabs\settings.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\notification\open_folder.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\notification\pause.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\notification\show_download.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\images\notification\show_file.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\js\background.js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\js\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\js\main.js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\js\popup.js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\js\search.js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\css\style.css, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\img\close.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\img\dislike.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\img\like.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\img\logo.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\img\share.png, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\js\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\js\main.js, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\Plus\index.html, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\_locales\en\messages.json, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\popup.css, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367 PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\cbieibobpefaobhfncpimjimbijplebe\1.0.3_0\popup.html, Quarantined, [14297], [443230],1.0.6367

Physical Sector: 0 (No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0 (No malicious items detected)

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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.
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Traces/IOCs

Chrome extensions:

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