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Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem Completely

A new cyber-threat has arisen from the depths of the web, classified as a browser modifier. It has capabilities to install browser extensions, modify search results, collect user information and most of all the Browser Modifier can install programs straight onto the computer with an installation looking like it was running from one year behind. In case users notice any of the symptoms mentioned below it is strongly advisable to scan your computer.

Name BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem
Type Browser Modifying Malware
Short Description The modifier may modify different Windows Registries adding custom values and data.
Symptoms The user may witness heavy advertising on the browser in all forms.
Distribution Method Via PUPs, installed by bundling (Browser Hijackers) or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it. It may also come custom via a Trojan.Downloader
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem
User Experience Join our forum to discuss about BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem.

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BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem – How Did I Get It

This software might have been downloaded by you with other software installer. This is called bundling and usually it’s some third-party software providing websites who bundle applications as “free extras”.

However, there may be other more sinister method how you might have gotten the Diplugem Browser Modifier, and this is a Trojan.Downloader. Such Trojans open ports on your computer and via those download different files and software from the C&C (Command and Control Center) of the cyber-crooks running them.

The good news is that it is less likely that it was activated on your computer as a result of having a Trojan than bundling download. There are also other possible methods of distributions such as URLs promoting rogue software that goes with the modifier in it or Spam mails containing attached setups of it.

BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem – More about It

The cyber threat may create similar to the following files on an affected computer in the %AppData% or %ProgramData% folders:

  • program name\some filename.exe
  • program name\some filename.dat
  • program name\some filename.dat
  • program name\some filename.dll
  • program name\some filename.tlb
  • program name\some filename.exe
  • program name\some filename.dll

The files named “some filename” are usually related to rewards, coupons, money, marketing, ads or sales and even advertisement blocking. Furthermore, Microsoft security researchers have outlined the cyber-threat as high, and they report the detection to be associated with the following program names:

  • CutThePrice
  • AllSaver
  • UniSales
  • PriceChop
  • YouTubeAdBlocker
  • SaverExtension

Microsoft security engineers also report the application to have misspelled names, such as YouTubeAdbllocker or UniSalees. Furthermore, the researchers also report seeing applications to existing in completely random names. Examples for this may be the following:

  • 1dh033lf099g540d129
  • D2929S93C2992MD

What is more, the Browser Modifier was reported to create registry entries in the Windows Registry Editor:

  • HKCU\Software\WebApp\Styles with value MaxScriptStatements and data – dword: ffffffff
  • HKCU\Software\Classes\Interface\{3B3F3AAD-FB97-49FF-BFEE-D22869AC4326} with value (Default) and data – “ITinyJSObject”
  • HKCU\Software\Classes\Interface\{3B3F3AAD-FB97-49FF-BFEE-D22869AC4326}\ProxyStubClsid32 with value – (Default) and data – “{00020424-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}”
  • HKCU\Software\Classes\Interface\{3B3F3AAD-FB97-49FF-BFEE-D22869AC4326}\TypeLib with value – (Default) and data – “{157B1AA6-3E5C-404A-9118-C1D91F537040}”
  • HKCU\Software\Classes\Interface\{3B3F3AAD-FB97-49FF-BFEE-D22869AC4326}\TypeLib with value – Version a
    With data – “1.0”
  • HKCU\Software\Classes\TypeLib\{157B1AA6-3E5C-404A-9118-C1D91F537040}\1.0 with value – (Default) and data “JSIELib”
  • HKCU\Software\Classes\TypeLib\{157B1AA6-3E5C-404A-9118-C1D91F537040}\1.0\0\win32 with value – (Default) and data – “%TEMP%\\temp\.exe”, for example “%TEMP%\E8aC3A04e199\temp\sound forge Audio studio 10.0 keygen.exe”

The malicious objects may also schedule tasks to run copies of the malware. Furthermore it may also add a Window Startup link similar to the following:

  • foldername\malicious file.lnk

What the program actually does is to display all the forms of online advertisements:

  • Ad-supported search results on your default search engine`s results.
  • Annoying online pop-ups.
  • Taken over banner spaces of websites.

And these adverts may appear on any search engine set as default for the user(Bing, Google, etc.).

What is more, this malware also installs one or more browser extensions on the web browser as well as programs directly on the affected computer leaving an uninstall option in Programs and Features in Windows. The program may also modify other aspects of the browser, such as disable updates so that its apps remain present and unnoticed.

Removing BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem Completely

In order to remove this cyber threat it is important to isolate it first. To do this you need to boot your computer into safe mode and scan it with an advanced anti-malware program. Also, it is strongly advisable to reset your web browser`s data and change all of your passwords, more information for which you may find in the instructions below.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem.

    Step 2: Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
    2. Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    3. Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem with STOPZilla AntiMalware
    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem in the future
    NOTE! Substantial notification about the BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem threat: Manual removal of BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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