PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

Short bio

PUP.Optional.SpywareClear is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a system optimizer called Spyware Clear issued by the Crawler Group, LLC and aimed at Windows systems.

Symptoms

This is how the main screen of the system optimizer looks:

Spyware Cleaner GUI

Spyware Cleaner GUI

You will find these icons in your taskbar, your startmenu, and on your desktop:

icons Spyware Clear

icons Spyware Clear

and see this warning during install:

Install screen PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

Install screen PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

and these screens during “operations”:

PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

issues found by PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

 

activation Spyware Clear

activation Spyware Clear

 

You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:

listed PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

Spyware Clear listed installed Programs and Features

and this Browser Helper Object in Internet Explorer:

BHO details PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

BHO details PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.SpywareClear is a so-called “system optimizer”. Typically, “system optimizers” use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have problems. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these problems.

PUP.Optional.SpywareClear is usually installed by the users themselves as a result of advertising leading to their website:

website Spyware Clear

website Spyware Clear

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from PUP.Optional.SpywareClear by using real-time protection;

block PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.SpywareClear

and by blocking their domain:

block spywareclear.com

Malwarebytes blocks the domain spywareclear.com

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.SpywareClear without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Malwarebytes removal log

A Malwarebytes log of removal will look similar to this:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 6/21/18
Scan Time: 11:05 AM
Log File: 4e97a376-7532-11e8-a189-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.5.1.2522
Components Version: 1.0.374
Update Package Version: 1.0.5564
License: Premium

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

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Scan Initiated By: Manual
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 251056
Threats Detected: 158
Threats Quarantined: 158
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 59 sec

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

-Scan Details-
Process: 4
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SC_Svc64.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClear.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearShield.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearUpdate.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564

Module: 6
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\SPYWARE CLEAR\TORRENTDLL.DLL, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SCShell64.dll, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SC_Svc64.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClear.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearShield.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearUpdate.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564

Registry Key: 45
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{B36D9EA9-ABCA-4F9F-B181-49929A7B73D1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\SCInternetGuard.ProtNego, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{B36D9EA9-ABCA-4F9F-B181-49929A7B73D1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{B36D9EA9-ABCA-4F9F-B181-49929A7B73D1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{B36D9EA9-ABCA-4F9F-B181-49929A7B73D1}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{C03C262D-9260-4124-B50E-04FB49ED0504}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\SCInternetGuard.JSObj, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{C03C262D-9260-4124-B50E-04FB49ED0504}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{CB83C956-D8A2-40E1-B139-5B8A2F5750DF}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{2C50BCEC-DD76-42CF-8CD5-6DE077270CD5}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\INTERFACE\{2C50BCEC-DD76-42CF-8CD5-6DE077270CD5}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{2C50BCEC-DD76-42CF-8CD5-6DE077270CD5}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{CB83C956-D8A2-40E1-B139-5B8A2F5750DF}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\TYPELIB\{CB83C956-D8A2-40E1-B139-5B8A2F5750DF}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{C03C262D-9260-4124-B50E-04FB49ED0504}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{C03C262D-9260-4124-B50E-04FB49ED0504}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{C03C262D-9260-4124-B50E-04FB49ED0504}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\BROWSER HELPER OBJECTS\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\SETTINGS\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXT\STATS\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{B36D9EA9-ABCA-4F9F-B181-49929A7B73D1}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{C03C262D-9260-4124-B50E-04FB49ED0504}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{B36D9EA9-ABCA-4F9F-B181-49929A7B73D1}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{C03C262D-9260-4124-B50E-04FB49ED0504}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\SCShell.SCShellMenu, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\SCShell64.SCShellMenu, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\CLSID\{E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\SC_Svc, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{5FB600FF-BC65-471F-A3F8-C2666863BA75}_is1, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\SPYWARE CLEAR, Quarantined, [1456], [243468],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKCU\SOFTWARE\Spyware Clear, Quarantined, [1456], [243467],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{8B01D4B7-0860-452C-AC2B-5CE0140C82D4}, Quarantined, [1456], [168860],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\CONTROLPANEL\NAMESPACE\{8B01D4B7-0860-452C-AC2B-5CE0140C82D4}, Quarantined, [1456], [168860],1.0.5564

Registry Value: 6
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\SHELL EXTENSIONS\APPROVED|{E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\SHELL EXTENSIONS\APPROVED|{E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|SpywareClearShield, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|SpywareClearUpdater, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SOFTWARE\SPYWARE CLEAR|ANTIVIRUSFPSCANHIGH, Quarantined, [1456], [243468],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\SC_SVC|IMAGEPATH, Quarantined, [1456], [243469],1.0.5564

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 15
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Driver, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\SPYWARE CLEAR, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Quarantine, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Antivir, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Reports, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Addons, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Update, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Down, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\PROGRAMDATA\SPYWARE CLEAR, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\SPYWARE CLEAR, Quarantined, [1456], [187215],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\SPYWARE CLEAR, Quarantined, [1456], [179820],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCALLOW\SPYWARE CLEAR, Quarantined, [1456], [510257],1.0.5564

File: 82
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\SPYWARE CLEAR\TORRENTDLL.DLL, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Driver\driver.cab, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Driver\stflt.cat, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Driver\stflt.inf, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Driver\stflt.sys, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\24x7.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\analyze.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\analyzefile.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\bloatware.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\defsyssettings.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\hardfileremover.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\optimizer.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\ov.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\remover.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\restore.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\so.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\startup.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\systemrestore.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\systemsettings.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\unstableaddons.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\Tools\virtualkeyboard.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\com.spywareclear.internetguard.json, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SCInternetGuard.dll, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SCInternetGuard.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SCInternetGuard64.dll, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SCShell.dll, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SCShell64.dll, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SC_Svc64.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClear.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearShield.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearUpdate.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\sqlite3.dll, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\unins000.dat, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\unins000.exe, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\unins000.msg, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\PUBLIC\Desktop\Spyware Clear.lnk, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\USERS\PUBLIC\DESKTOP\Spyware Clear.lnk, Quarantined, [1456], [187214],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\PROGRAMDATA\SPYWARE CLEAR\LNG.INI, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Addons\addons.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\185_en_3.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\186_en_3.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\187_en_11.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\188_en_3.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\191_en_10.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\192_en_4.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\193_en_3.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\251_en_3.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\275_en_2.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\276_en_2.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\277_en_2.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\278_en_2.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\302_en_4.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\308_en_5.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\368_en_2.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\378_en_1.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\383_en_3.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\399_en_1.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\400_en_1.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\News\420_en_1.pngx, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Reports\scan_0001.rpt, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Reports\scan_0002.rpt, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_CSD_3.000.000.0008.cab, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_CSD_3.000.000.0008.ini, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_CSD_3.000.000.0008.torrent, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_DB_12.002.019.0000.cab, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_DB_12.002.019.0000.ini, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_DB_12.002.019.0000.torrent, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_DSD_1.000.000.0006.cab, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_DSD_1.000.000.0006.ini, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\Shared\ST_1_DSD_1.000.000.0006.torrent, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\SC_CPL.xml, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\ST_CSD.spt, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\ST_DB.spt, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\ST_DSD.spt, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\ST_RL.spt, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear\ST_RTL.spt, Quarantined, [1456], [187213],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\SPYWARE CLEAR\SPYWARECLEAR.COM.URL, Quarantined, [1456], [187215],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Spyware Clear\Spyware Clear.lnk, Quarantined, [1456], [187215],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Spyware Clear\Uninstall Spyware Clear.lnk, Quarantined, [1456], [187215],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\LocalLow\Spyware Clear\log.txt, Quarantined, [1456], [510257],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\SPYWARECLEARSETUP.EXE, Quarantined, [1456], [61985],1.0.5564
PUP.Optional.SpywareClear, C:\USERS\{username}\DOWNLOADS\SPYWARECLEARSETUP.EXE, Quarantined, [1456], [61985],1.0.5564

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)

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.

The Exclusions tab includes a list of items to be excluded from scans. The items may include files, folders, websites, or applications that connect to the Internet, as well as previously detected exploits.

To access the exclusions in Malwarebytes:

  • Click on the Settings tab in the left pane.
  • Click on the Exclusions tab.
  • Click the Add Exclusion button.
  • Select the exclusion type Exclude a File or Folder and use the Browse button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary folder(s) that belong to the software.
  • If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, add an exclusion of the type Exclude an application that Connects 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:

(Crawler Group, LLC) C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SC_Svc64.exe
(Crawler Group, LLC) C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearUpdate.exe
(Crawler Group, LLC) C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearShield.exe
(Crawler Group, LLC) C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClear.exe
HKLM\...\Run: [SpywareClearShield] => C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearShield.exe [5179608 2016-04-07] (Crawler Group, LLC)
HKLM\...\Run: [SpywareClearUpdater] => C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearUpdate.exe [5509848 2016-04-07] (Crawler Group, LLC)
BHO: Spyware Clear Internet Guard -> {E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1} -> C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SCInternetGuard64.dll [2016-04-07] (Crawler Group, LLC)
BHO-x32: Spyware Clear Internet Guard -> {E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1} -> C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SCInternetGuard.dll [2016-04-07] (Crawler Group, LLC)
R2 SC_Svc; C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SC_svc64.exe [3208408 2016-04-07] (Crawler Group, LLC)
R2 sp_rsdrv2; C:\Windows\System32\DRIVERS\stflt.sys [51496 2011-08-24] (Windows (R) Win 7 DDK provider)
C:\ProgramData\Spyware Clear
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\LocalLow\Spyware Clear
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Spyware Clear.lnk
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Spyware Clear
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Spyware Clear
C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear

Spyware Clear (HKLM-x32\...\{5FB600FF-BC65-471F-A3F8-C2666863BA75}_is1) (Version: 1.3.1.45 - Crawler Group) <==== ATTENTION
FirewallRules: [{D32BAD43-68D2-4E4A-980A-7CDF16E85C1E}] => (Allow) C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClear.exe
FirewallRules: [{941888E3-50AF-4F14-9A4F-5AC25EF2532A}] => (Allow) C:\Program Files (x86)\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearUpdate.exe

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