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Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself

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Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself steven.holderman 10/11/12 10:30 AM
I noticed an extension auto installed itself today, "Settings Protector 1.0". I didn't authorize such an extension, so I disabled and deleted it after not finding any information on it after a google search and a search within the google store. Has anyone had such an experience? Do you think it's a legitimate extension? Or a spyware of some sort? I admit I'm paranoid, but perhaps it's healthy in today's China-hacking environment that is a reality.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 10/11/12 10:33 AM
Have you install recently a new program on you computer?
Because if you install a new program, with just few extra registry code. It can install a 3rd party Chrome extension.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Attila Tóth 10/11/12 11:17 AM
This happened to me too, some minutes ago...
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself gagi 10/11/12 12:10 PM
Me too!
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself SoAnObject 10/11/12 12:25 PM
Yep, I just saw that popped-up suddenly, neither I have authorized any.
Perhaps, google can only explain.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Ben Folski 10/11/12 12:31 PM
Happened to me too! I came on and found this too, please may I have an explanation google for this please?
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Sakknekedro 10/11/12 12:32 PM
Just now, my Chrome did the same. I thought my brother installed something weird so I googled it and here i am.

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Bansy Pozo 10/11/12 12:56 PM
A mi también se me ha instalado la aplicación. La he borrado enseguida. ¿Es posible que venga desde Avast!??
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Mónica44 10/11/12 1:06 PM
Lo mismo me pasó, pero yo no uso avast. ¿será una actualización de chrome? a mí tampoco me preguntó nada, pero por mientras, la quito.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Romain Luu 10/11/12 1:39 PM
same for me
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Petrônio Loschi 10/11/12 2:26 PM
tambem comigo
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Heloisa Schmidt Burg 10/11/12 4:22 PM
happened to me too, has anyone found out anything about it yet?
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Gonkulor 10/11/12 6:37 PM
Kazillion ditto's. I haven't installed anything new and I don't have Avast installed, unless Avast coat tailed into my system by 3rd party means.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Tiago Castro 10/11/12 7:03 PM
I haven't installed anything new and this happened to me too.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Zamaroht 10/11/12 7:31 PM
This happened to me too, and I didn't install anything new at all.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself D47 10/11/12 7:43 PM
this happened to me too. I didn't install any new programs
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself gh7896 10/11/12 9:02 PM
happened to me just now why is chrome auto allowing extensions??
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Carlos Aguirre Canedo 10/12/12 1:51 AM
Just opened my computer and saw this popup. What??
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Sarrazs 10/12/12 5:15 AM
me too !!!
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself kung fu 10/12/12 6:10 AM
I just got this this morning. I uninstalled it, because it's really shady! Sent a message to the google chrome feedback center, now we can only wait to see what it is!
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself kung fu 10/12/12 6:17 AM
The last program I installed was a sound/music program called Audacity, straight from its website. There was no prompt about a chrome extension during the installation process.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Michael Jauernik 10/12/12 6:47 AM
Does this only affect the stable version of Chrome or the Beta- and Dev-channel too?
Oh, btw, i haven´t seen this thing until now. Version 23.0.1271.26 beta-m
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stef4321 10/12/12 7:02 AM
Pareil pour moi. Same issue as well. It just happened after an automatic update was recommended & automaticaaly installed via system pop up. No idea how to trace it. What I'm sure of, it's either google or system update but NO third-part app orelse crap.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Webmaster Bob 10/12/12 7:42 AM
Which version of Chrome are you running?
Did you install new software recently, noticed software updates?
Do you have Spybot Search and Destroy installed?
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Michael Jørgensen 10/12/12 8:11 AM
This happend for me too today, what anti are u guys udsing ? I use NOD32
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Abdul Sami 10/12/12 8:16 AM
same problem
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself jedininjaster 10/12/12 10:11 AM
same - 1:10 10/12/12
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself yakov bee 10/12/12 10:39 AM
same story
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 10/12/12 10:49 AM
Hi everyone!

Can you all tell me what program you recently installed on you computer. And please provide me the full name here.

Developer can easy do a silent install for a Chrome extension, just when you setup a program. The setup can add a extra registry element (regedit from Windows) to install the Chrome extension.
You can easy uninstall the "Settings Protector" Chrome extension on this page:
  1. chrome://chrome/extensions/
  2. right of that extension name, click on the "trash" icon

Where or how come this Chrome extension in my Google Chrome browser?
Most users report that the Chrome extension is installed by one of the below programs:

  • Babylon Toolbar
  • Free Sound Recorder
  • Claro
  • Browser Manager by Bit89

Thanks,
Stefan
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself yakov bee 10/12/12 11:36 AM
i took some time to track down the file that this extension runs, its in the directory "C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgafcinpmmpklohkojmllohdhomoefph\1.0_0\"

It runs a file spext.dll which the description is -
Product: Application Manager
Company: PerformerSoft LLC
Description: Protector

a scan from kaspersky av didn't determine it as a virus, so i googled PerformerSoft LLC the company and contacted them, the man on the line had no idea what i was talking about so something sounds very suspicious here...

i tried uploading the file but it won't upload...

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself remalani 10/13/12 3:25 AM
I have the same question, but have not (yet) deleted the add-on. Anybody knows more??
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Raidermom 10/13/12 5:57 AM
This showed up for me after a restart to install Windows updates.  I have deleted it and am currently running Malwarebytes.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself rita maia 10/13/12 7:08 AM
In portuguese:
Aconteceu comigo hoje, quando inicializei o Google Chrome.
No Painel de Controle do Windows verifiquei com a mesma data Adobe Flash Player 11 Plugin e Adobe Flash Player 11 ActiveX
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself kung fu 10/13/12 7:53 AM
I checked recently installed programs, and on the 10th, something simply called "Browser Manager" was installed. I did not authorize any installation on the 10th. There is no file to be found, just an uninstall file. Hope this helps.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself kung fu 10/13/12 8:00 AM
Additionally, there is a program called browsermngr.exe running. Couldn't find much about it on google, except that it MIGHT be something to do with Adobe, or it MIGHT be malware.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself kung fu 10/13/12 8:03 AM
Check recently installed programs (start > control panel > programs > uninstall a program > and check to see if something called "browser manager" was recently installed. It was on my computer. Here's a site I found about it. http://systemexplorer.net/file-database/file/browsemngr-exe/12426567
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself kung fu 10/13/12 8:13 AM
Also found this site that claims it is malware http://www.explosiveknowledge.net/main/2012/08/19/browsemngr/
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself mskudik 10/13/12 9:30 AM
same thing happened to me too. I restarted for windows updates yesterday and today i found the settings protector.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Setmaster 10/13/12 11:50 AM
Same thing here, also browser mananger.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Timur Gaskarov 10/15/12 7:11 AM
Stefan

Many malware extensions cant be uninstalled. They reinstall after browser restart. Even a program was uninstalled yet.

This is GREAT problem of Chrome Extensions.

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself rodkarom 10/15/12 11:53 PM
The same thing just popped up for me once I opened Chrome. Also had the Browser Manager sw; removed both. The latter was installed on the 11th, same day I received about 20 MS security updates. Could it be related? (I used Chrome yesterday and nothing popped up)
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself François Beaufort 10/16/12 2:03 AM
When I read this, I updated “Extensions Update Notifier” Chrome Extension to show a warning for each extension that user did not install and to give him the ability to disable it.
It should work for “Settings Protector” I believe.

You can learn more about it at https://plus.google.com/100132233764003563318/posts/XNV4mVmAFKD and download it from the Chrome Web Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/extensions-update-notifie/nlldbplhbaopldicmcoogopmkonpebjm/details

Note: Feel free to mark this post "helpful" if it helps you
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself sunshinelou 10/16/12 4:37 AM
I think this is what happened. The Browser Manager program was installed as a scheduled task in Windows. It is connected to the Babylon toolbar, which was installed on my system in August (as a piece of malware when I installed some software, even though I specified it was not to be installed. It takes some doing to remove all of the Babylon software (I removed it long ago, I thought). I found this link, and used most of the steps http://www.explosiveknowledge.net/main/2012/08/19/browsemngr/

Even after using Spybot as the last paragraph indicates, I still have one registry entry that could not be deleted because it was in use. I'll try again.

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 10/16/12 11:07 AM
+Timur Gaskarov
if it still coming back... that mean:
a) if you have uninstall that software, the registry element in Windows are not removed (-> $ decision of that developer). So every time you open Google Chrome, it install back that extension with that ID.
--> a solution (Windows users):
    1. open regedit.exe
    2. and see on this location, if there is no theloooooongidname folder there (theloooooongidname --> example name :)
        32bit computer  [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\theloooooongidname]
        64bit computer  [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Google\Chrome\Extensions\theloooooongidname]
just remove that bold folder.

b) the preferences file is still there.

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself reixstrange 10/17/12 12:35 AM
It happened to me today, I found a malware in a file related to the program "Total Video Converter" which I installed a few weeks ago but also uninstalled it. Lately I have been receiving the following error message everytime I open google chrome: "unable to recover your settings".
I have deleted that folder you said
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 10/17/12 1:59 AM
+reixstrange
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself 3squaremedia 10/23/12 8:52 AM
Stefan:

I have this problem also along with "Savings Sidekick" (which makes random words links to sites). If I check per your instructions there are 4 folders with long list of letters:

2 are .crx (for Skype & for Avast)
The other 2 are .cvx for Browser Manager and Savings Sidekick

Is it safe to delete the latter 2?

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 10/23/12 9:10 AM
Hi +3squaremedia 

CRX are the file types for Chrome extensions.
But CVX are some 'Graphic file'. If you can see the path, please add that file here as ZIP (for research to Google).

Example here on my computer i see nothing in this regedit folder:
 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\]
You may delete only that item key in the above path. Before you  remove the key, you can export it as backup.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself 3squaremedia 10/23/12 9:17 AM
Sorry - in my last post was a typo - they are all .crx files (not .cvx)So I can go ahead and delete the 2 for Browser Manager and Savings Sidekick?
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 10/23/12 9:52 AM
ah ok, just remove that in regedit.

If you can open that path on you computer and see the CRX file(s), please submit those CRX file here.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Gingergiggles 10/26/12 3:47 PM
Me too! D: I don't know what it is!
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself MagwychBarkis 11/7/12 8:53 AM
Sorry if late to this.  This popped up today for me. I recently installed the latest version FreeFileSync and missed the option to not install Claro Search - this might be connected to the problem?  Claro has since tried to take over everything - home page, search defaults etc.  (Fixed now) Just thought it might fit with the 'malware' calls out there?
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself György Temunovits 11/10/12 2:43 PM
Got it also.I installed today SUPERAntispyware Professional and noticed after install.Also problem with default search engine I can not go back to google only yahoo bing and some search engine called CLARO(http://www.claro-search.com/?affID=116198&tt=4512_1&babsrc=HP_ss&mntrId=a08607c1000000000000000c7648d905).If I make google.com as a default search engine after chrome restart got all back.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 11/11/12 2:12 AM
@György Temunovits 
Remove any recently installed software (that come from the internet) on your computer.
example babylon, youtube downloader,...
And remove the search on this page: chrome://settings/searchEngines
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself lost in babylon 11/12/12 11:33 PM
I also have this.
I did a clean install of XP this weekend because last week XP froze and stopped booting.
I've been downloading recovery software since from CNET.com.
Easeus, TestDisk, Recuva...
I installed Quicktime.
Also I downloaded Audacity yesterday, but it failed to install properly???
Today downloaded "imgburn" and "CDburnerXP"
Both Audacity and CDBurnerXP did not install correctly and refuse to open.
IMGburn I downloaded first today, opened and burned a disc, but it failed and froze, causing me to hard reboot. Next I downloaded CDburner XP which wouldn't open saying there was an error and I need to reinstall. That's when I noticed "Settings Protector" in my extentions. Read this and yes, babylon is there too.  
 
I'm starting to wonder if Babylon was the cause of my XP failure last week. Sucks.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself lost in babylon 11/12/12 11:43 PM
ok, so when I uninstall, it says it was part of the IMGburn installation.
Supposedly it claims it came packed with "claro" browser add-on malware, which I clearly denied during installation. ugh.  
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself John Larson 11/15/12 4:45 AM
I got it either from here: http://download.cnet.com/Free-YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-75219434.html (this is where I clicked the download button, then I installed it, and it tried to make unauthorized changes to Chrome and Chrome stopped it, though I think one or more things may have slipped through).

or this: http://download.cnet.com/YTD-Video-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html (also a webpage where I clicked a download button).

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself John Larson 11/15/12 4:46 AM
(I just barely got Windows 7 installed on my computer).
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 11/15/12 5:11 AM
@John Larson 
a tip, never install Chrome extension on other websites. Search and install Chrome extension from the web store only:
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Gene1945 11/17/12 4:33 AM
I got Settings Protector 1.0, too.  I just installed "Free Sound Recorder 9.3.1".  Although I opted out of two pre-selected toolbars in the installation, it still installed Claro-search which installed its own extension and application and replaced my default search engine setting.  It also added itself to the list of sites to open when I open Google Chrome.  While I was getting rid of Claro, I noticed Settings Protector.  I found this forum when I started to investigate.  The sound recorder is actually okay, and it passes scans, but I don't trust these guys if they include malware in their installation package!  I had to uninstall Claro-search (Control Panel), remove the Claro-search extension, remove Claro from Chrome's search engine list, and remove their url from the open-on-start list.  Now, I'll go get rid of Settings Protector.  I suspect it's purpose is to thwart efforts to undo all of the Claro crap!
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Daniel80 11/17/12 2:40 PM
The same with me. But instead i've got babylon toolbar. I downloaded a software and while it was installing it blocked avast. Also i noticed a lot of chrome windows appearing in the task manager like 8 and atieclxx.exe which i cannot close.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Stefan vd 11/18/12 1:34 AM
@Daniel80
if you see in the task manager a lot of chrome.exe, that's normal
-> for each tab = 2 chrome.exe
-> for each Chrome extension = 1chrome.exe
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself steven.holderman 11/18/12 7:25 AM
That's the thing, Stefan. I never installed a third party extension, at least knowingly installed a third-party extension. The only thing I can think of is I once logged in to my browser for a period of time, thinking it would be helpful to have history and applications available at both home and work. I got it uninstalled. I just wonder if anyone else has seen such extension show up? Weird! Thanks.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Harith K H 11/23/12 9:14 AM
I got it today, Settings Protector 1.0...any idea about its origin..?
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Bryan Hill 11/23/12 9:40 PM
wmdownloader gave me setings protector and has taken a while to get babylon out of my default search provider, this is frustrating after i just set windows back up
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself WolfgangGr 11/25/12 2:02 AM
It definitely has to do with the Babylon Toolbar! It appeared in my Chrome after the program jDownloader installed the Babylon Toolbar. I uninstalled "Babylon Toolbar", "Browser Manager" and "Babylon Chrome Toolbar" which all seemed to come from this source. Then I uninstalled this "Settings Protector" from all Chrome users and now it is gone. I hate software like Babylon Toolbar which automatically nests in someones computer and I am a little unsettled that chrome allows installation of a plug in without a security question.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself EnquzzicalSamlee 11/26/12 6:12 AM
This settings protector must be crazy, i got this one snuck in!
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Theo Telshalla 11/27/12 5:18 AM
If you ever install a program that adds a search engine to your browser startup or a toolbar, this program is installed. (In most cases.)

You'll notice that if you try to go to settings and remove the search engine or toolbar, a few moments later it will be back.

The answer to this is the Settings Protector. The solution is to uninstall it.

I know this from personal experience. It has happened to me three times. It doesn't appear to put any viruses on your computer, for my computer is completely clean.

The two programs I remember doing this: Babylon and Claro

Hope this helped. :)

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Peter Howells 11/28/12 5:38 PM
Yeah, Claro here.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Bill Swallow 12/2/12 7:56 PM
Claro added it to mine upon uninstalling the Claro toolbar. Claro popped on after I installed a printer driver from c-net. Now trying to get rid of both Claro and the Settings Protector.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself Rose Mary Abbott 12/4/12 3:45 PM
How do you "uninstall" Settings Protector 1.0? I was able to get Babylon off my computer but I can't find Settings Protector in my Control Panel Programs and Features department. I did have Babylon and uninstalled it. I just found Browser Manager in my Control Panel and un-installed it. I've been reading everything I can find on it and at this address http://dottech.org/84561/chrome-users-need-to-check-for-a-settings-protector-extension-it-may-be-malicious/ I found this information


"i took some time to track down the file that this extension runs, its in the directory "C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pgafcinpmmpklohkojmllohdhomoefph\1.0_0\"

It runs a file spext.dll which the description is -

Product: Application Manager
Company: PerformerSoft LLC
Description: Protector

a scan from kaspersky av didn't determine it as a virus, so i googled PerformerSoft LLC the company and contacted them, the man on the line had no idea what i was talking about so something sounds very suspicious here...

i tried uploading the file but it won't upload..."


Then when I found Browser Manager I ran across this address  http://systemexplorer.net/file-database/file/browsemngr-dll/13503196


It says this

"Browser Manager
Company:
PerformerSoft LLC
Description:
Browser Manager
Version:
2.2.630.40
MD5:
4F5DAFA9876939DBA3686016CF90FF49
SHA1:
1E7E35BB13A77F7B2967E36CB8E220BF4D5D45FD
SHA256:
E24AB3D4656AD1B60ED1A999A7F9CC8292318447D614B273949BD0A0925E9BE9
Size:
2073112
Directory:
%ALLUSERS_APPDATA%\Browser Manager\2.2.630.40\{16cdff19-861d-48e3-a751-d99a27784753}\browsemngr.dll
Operating System:
Windows 8
Discovered:
Sep 05 2012
Occurence:
High
Digital Signature:
Bit89 Inc."

I got this program from re-installing Google Chrome!

If you have a way to uninstall and get rid of Settings Protector please tell me.

Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself RoseMaryAbbott 12/4/12 7:13 PM
I finally succeeded in deleting Settings Protector! I uninstalled Browser Manager by Bit89 and then removed all the unwanted search browsers from my Extensions and browser settings. Then I logged off my computer and completely shut it down then rebooted. When I got back to Chrome it said my preference settings were corrupted and they wouldn't be able to load but I went ahead and signed in anyway and after a few seconds of waiting my settings came back. It still won't let me stay logged in when I exit Chrome and return or any of my other web accounts either. But my search addresses come up as neat as you please and fast too. If you only allow Google products for internet browsing to be installed in your programming they can be found and uninstalled. PerformerSoft LLC is the offending developer of these bad bugs.
Re: Google Chrome Extensions: An extension "Settings Protector 1.0" auto downloaded and installed itself tpeck 12/23/12 3:29 PM
Yup! spext.dll is part of it. This is one painful extension, that doesn't seem to go away when you disable and or trash it.

What I did was download the "everything" search engine from voidtools.com (an essential app with which to do this kind of work and much else) and locate spext.dll with it.

Then delete the entire folder it resides within. The other (two for you?) files in this folder are all part of the same Settings Protector nonsense - which you can readily see from examining their properties.

It is hard to be 100% sure what it was doing, but I am 99% percent sure it was underlining certain words online and flashing up ads on hover. This went away immediately I uninstalled the extension and deleted the long named folder.

Even combofix hasn't yet been able to get rid of this one! Incidentally, if you run combofix (properly please!) you're bound to find it quarantining similar stuff you never knew was there.
 

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