PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro

Short bio

PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro is Malwarebytes' detection name for a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that claims to be a system optimizer for Windows systems.

Symptoms

Affected systems will have these icons in their startmenu, taskbar, and on their desktop.

icons SystemKeeper

This is the GUI of the program:

GUI SystemKeeper

Users may notice tooltips like this one:

tooltip SystemKeeper

Type and source of infection

System optimizers like PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro are usually installed by users themselves based on false promises.

website SystemKeeper

Protection

block PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro

and by blocking their domain;

[caption id="attachment_23476" align="aligncenter" width="424"]block systemkeeperpro.us

Malwarebytes blocks systemkeeperpro.us

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro 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: 12/12/16 Scan Time: 9:24 AM Logfile: mbamSystemKeeperPro.txt Administrator: Yes

-Software Information- Version: 3.0.4.1269 Components Version: 1.0.39 Update Package Version: 1.0.697 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: 351017 Time Elapsed: 8 min, 36 sec

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

-Scan Details- Process: 1 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [2748], [351883],1.0.697

Module: 1 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [2748], [351883],1.0.697

Registry Key: 1 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{742AFBBD-00FF-4811-B38D-004CF0620922}_is1, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697

Registry Value: 1 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|SystemKeeperPro, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697

Data Stream: 0 (No malicious items detected)

Folder: 4 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SystemKeeperPro, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SystemKeeperProUninst, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SKP, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351890],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351882],1.0.697

File: 23 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SmartKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\QUICK LAUNCH\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.LNK, Delete-on-Reboot, [2749], [351879],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\aff.txt, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\rawlog.txt, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\unins000.dat, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\unins000.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\unins000.msg, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\botva2.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\CloseBtn.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\glow.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\ico.ico, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\innocallback.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\installer_bg.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\ISSkin.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\ProgressBackground.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\ProgressImg.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\Untitled3.cjstyles, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\wpidmap.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SKP\RAWLIST.DAT, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351890],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\DESKTOP\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.LNK, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351880],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\DESKTOP\SYSTEMKEEPERPROINST.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351887],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SystemKeeperPro\Get Help.url, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351882],1.0.697 PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SystemKeeperPro\SystemKeeperPro.lnk, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351882],1.0.697

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:

() C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\SystemKeeperPro.exe
 HKCU\...\Run: [SystemKeeperPro] => C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\SystemKeeperPro.exe [1615840 2016-08-11] ()
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\skp
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro
 C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\SystemKeeperPro.lnk
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SystemKeeperPro

SystemKeeperPro (HKCU\...\{742AFBBD-00FF-4811-B38D-004CF0620922}_is1) (Version: 12.1.0.26 - Monterix, LLC)

Alterations made by the installer:

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