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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.

NameBrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem
TypeBrowser Modifying Malware
Short DescriptionThe modifier may modify different Windows Registries adding custom values and data.
SymptomsThe user may witness heavy advertising on the browser in all forms.
Distribution MethodVia 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 ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem
User ExperienceJoin 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).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • 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).
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    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

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem and click “Remove

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    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

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • 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’
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  • 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’
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    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’.

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

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    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

    1. Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    2. Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem associated files automatically.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    3. Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    4. Remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem associated files completely.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by BrowserModifier:Win32/Diplugem should be restored.

    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.
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