PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic

Short bio

PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic is Malwarebytes' generic detection name for a family of search hijackers published by Tightrope Interactive.

website tightrope

Symptoms

Users will notice their search to be redirected by the browser extension.

changed search setting

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic are downloaded and installed as browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. These extensions are promoted as either enhanced privacy searches or specialized search engines (cooking, music, movies, and games).

Chrome extension

Protection

block 101sweets.com

Malwarebytes blocks the domain 101sweets.com

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:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details- Scan Date: 2/21/20 Scan Time: 8:57 AM Log File: d560ec7c-547f-11ea-af09-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information- Version: 4.0.4.49 Components Version: 1.0.823 Update Package Version: 1.0.19536 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: 235977 Threats Detected: 17 Threats Quarantined: 17 Time Elapsed: 37 min, 57 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 PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , ,

Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3 PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BHBNOGOFNEBNBOCODMIJNBMOBMEAKCDH, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, 1.0.19536, , ame,

File: 13 PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\000003.log, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\LOCK, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\LOG, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\000003.log, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\CURRENT, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\LOCK, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\LOG, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Sync Extension Settings\bhbnogofnebnbocodmijnbmobmeakcdh\MANIFEST-000001, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, , , , PUP.Optional.TightRopeInteractive.Generic, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\BHBNOGOFNEBNBOCODMIJNBMOBMEAKCDH\1.1.19.916_0\MANIFEST.JSON, Quarantined, 15100, 792704, 1.0.19536, , ame,

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.

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