PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz

Short bio

PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a family of search hijackers targeting the Chrome browser.

Symptoms

Users may see this type of warnings during the installation of PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz extensions

permissions

changed search

and they may notice the default search engine in Chrome has been changed.

search settings

Type and source of infection

Members of the PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz family are Chrome extensions that change the browsers’ default search setting.
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz are usually installed by the user themselves after being advertized as specialized search engines. They promise easy searches for music, movies, and games.

example GlobalAppz website

GlobalAppz promotion for Mega Musich Search

Aftermath

Users that had their browsers hijacked should have a look at our Restore Browser page to see if additional measures are needed.

Protection

Malwarebytes blocks the websites that push these extensions.

Malwarebytes blocks getawesome2.com

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz without further user interaction. Removal does not require a reboot if you close Chrome before removal.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:

Malwarebytes
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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/2/19
Scan Time: 12:11 PM
Log File: fd87ff08-e4fc-11e9-843f-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.8.3.2965
Components Version: 1.0.613
Update Package Version: 1.0.12733
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: 234908
Threats Detected: 31
Threats Quarantined: 31
Time Elapsed: 11 min, 4 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.GlobalAppz, HKCU\SOFTWARE\GOOGLE\CHROME\PREFERENCEMACS\Default\extensions.settings|jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 10
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action\js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js\jquery, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\_metadata, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\DEFAULT\EXTENSIONS\JGOFJIIALCPBONGKNPJKLLIPMECBKCIC, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733

File: 20
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action\js\main.js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\browser_action\browser_action.html, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons\icon128.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons\icon16.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\icons\icon38.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\close.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\rate.jpg, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\rate1.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\share.jpg, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\images\rateshare\share1.png, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js\jquery\jquery.min.js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\js\rate.js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\_metadata\computed_hashes.json, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\_metadata\verified_contents.json, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\background.js, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\jgofjiialcpbongknpjkllipmecbkcic\1.0.2_0\manifest.json, Quarantined, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Preferences, Replaced, [321], [738741],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [321], [635021],1.0.12733
PUP.Optional.GlobalAppz, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\GOOGLE\CHROME\USER DATA\Default\Secure Preferences, Replaced, [321], [635021],1.0.12733

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.

The Exclusions tab includes a list of items to be excluded from scans. The items may include files, folders, websites, or applications that connect to the Internet, as well as previously detected exploits.

To access the exclusions in Malwarebytes:

  • Click on the Settings tab in the left pane.
  • Click on the Exclusions tab.
  • Click the Add Exclusion button.
  • Select the exclusion type Exclude a File or Folder and use the Browse button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary folder(s) that belong to the software.
  • If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, add an exclusion of the type Exclude an application that Connects to the Internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

Traces/IOCs

Domains

globalappz.live

getawesome2.com

Associated threats

Mega Music Search

getawesome1.com

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