PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

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GUI PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

GUI PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

Symptoms

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro installed

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro is installed

and a host of Scheduled Tasks simialr to these:

[caption id="attachment_23996" align="aligncenter" width="481"]PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro Scheduled Tasks

Scheduled Tasks PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

these icons on their desktop, in their taskbar, their startmenu and in their right-click menu:

[caption id="attachment_23997" align="aligncenter" width="118"]PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro icons

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro icons

Type and source of the infection

fix PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro only the paid version fixes

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro is installed by users as a result of aggressive advertising.

Protection

block PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

and by blocking their domain:

[caption id="attachment_24001" align="aligncenter" width="472"]block pcoptimizerpro.com

Malwarebytes blocks pcoptimizerpro.com

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro 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: 5/30/18 Scan Time: 10:34 AM Log File: 54d13cad-63e4-11e8-bf52-080027235d76.json Administrator: Yes

-Software Information- Version: 3.3.1.2183 Components Version: 1.0.262 Update Package Version: 1.0.5302 License: Premium

-System Information- OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 CPU: x64 File System: NTFS User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary- Scan Type: Threat Scan Result: Completed Objects Scanned: 240721 Threats Detected: 61 Threats Quarantined: 61 Time Elapsed: 2 min, 42 sec

-Scan Options- Memory: Enabled Startup: Enabled Filesystem: Enabled Archives: Enabled Rootkits: Enabled Heuristics: Enabled PUP: Detect PUM: Detect

-Scan Details- Process: 1 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTIMIZERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302

Module: 2 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTPROCTXMENU.DLL, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTIMIZERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302

Registry Key: 23 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{40C0E937-E245-4E4D-AFA0-ADF8A091AB63}, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{40C0E937-E245-4E4D-AFA0-ADF8A091AB63}, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{C5B23C4D-31C2-446E-B432-247FDD101532}, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{C5B23C4D-31C2-446E-B432-247FDD101532}, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Optimizer Pro Idle, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{B74B0B8F-207E-4606-A368-EB857B144DC9}, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{B74B0B8F-207E-4606-A368-EB857B144DC9}, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Optimizer Pro Updates, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{D564F511-6242-41BA-975D-6AD0875B8DF0}, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{D564F511-6242-41BA-975D-6AD0875B8DF0}, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\PC OPTIMIZER PRO, Quarantined, [1261], [260294],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\PC OPTIMIZER PRO, Quarantined, [1261], [260298],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\PC Optimizer Pro, Quarantined, [1261], [333185],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{12AB121E-44C6-488B-8773-B0AE25E662E1}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\INTERFACE\{12AB121E-44C6-488B-8773-B0AE25E662E1}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{12AB121E-44C6-488B-8773-B0AE25E662E1}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{003B9C22-6FE0-4BCA-A73F-9AA99B9BBDAA}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\TYPELIB\{003B9C22-6FE0-4BCA-A73F-9AA99B9BBDAA}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{203ABD21-41F1-4F1B-BAE3-D6A89A90D239}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{203ABD21-41F1-4F1B-BAE3-D6A89A90D239}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{003B9C22-6FE0-4BCA-A73F-9AA99B9BBDAA}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302

Registry Value: 12 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\PC OPTIMIZER PRO|ISAINS, Quarantined, [1261], [260294],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO64 STARTUPS.JOB, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO64 STARTUPS.JOB.FP, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO UPDATES.JOB, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO UPDATES.JOB.FP, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO IDLE.JOB, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO IDLE.JOB.FP, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO64 SCAN.JOB, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO64 SCAN.JOB.FP, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\PC OPTIMIZER PRO|PUBLISHER, Quarantined, [1261], [260298],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{40C0E937-E245-4E4D-AFA0-ADF8A091AB63}|PATH, Quarantined, [1261], [325241],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{C5B23C4D-31C2-446E-B432-247FDD101532}|PATH, Quarantined, [1261], [325241],1.0.5302

Registry Data: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\PC Optimizer Pro\LOGS, Quarantined, [1261], [182300],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAMDATA\PC OPTIMIZER PRO, Quarantined, [1261], [182300],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\PC OPTIMIZER PRO, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302

File: 20 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\USERS\PUBLIC\DESKTOP\PC OPTIMIZER PRO.LNK, Quarantined, [1261], [260289],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\QUICK LAUNCH\PC OPTIMIZER PRO.LNK, Quarantined, [1261], [260312],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro Idle, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro Updates, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job, Quarantined, [1261], [325247],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job, Quarantined, [1261], [325247],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job, Quarantined, [1261], [260292],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job, Quarantined, [1261], [260292],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\PC Optimizer Pro\LOGS\REG_LOGS_05_30_2018_10_26_41_AM.log, Quarantined, [1261], [182300],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\Live Support.url, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\PC Optimizer Pro.lnk, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\Uninstallation Guide.url, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\Visit Website.url, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTPROCTXMENU.DLL, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTIMIZERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\PCOPTIMIZERPROINSTALLER.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTPROTRAYS.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [115333],1.0.5302 PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\UNINST.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302

Physical Sector: 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.
If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect to the internet and use the Browse button to select the file you wish to grant access.

Traces/IOCs

You may see these entries in FRST logs:

(Xportsoft Technologies) C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\PCOptimizerPro.exe
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\PC Optimizer Pro.lnk
C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job
C:\ProgramData\PC Optimizer Pro
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro
C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro

PC Optimizer Pro (HKLM\...\PC Optimizer Pro) (Version: 8.1.1.3 - Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION Task: {40C0E937-E245-4E4D-AFA0-ADF8A091AB63} - System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe [2018-05-14] (Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION Task: {B74B0B8F-207E-4606-A368-EB857B144DC9} - System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe [2018-05-14] (Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION Task: {C5B23C4D-31C2-446E-B432-247FDD101532} - System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe [2018-05-14] (Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION Task: {D564F511-6242-41BA-975D-6AD0875B8DF0} - System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe [2018-05-14] (Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe <==== ATTENTION Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe <==== ATTENTION Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe <==== ATTENTION Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe <==== ATTENTION

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