PUM.Optional.CMDShell

Short bio

This detection is for potentially unwanted modifications (PUMs) in the registry where the default Windows shell value, explorer.exe, is replaced with cmd.exe. This can be done by malware to hinder users in cleaning up their system.

System modifications

The following registry value data are modified:

Under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\
CurrentVersion\Winlogon

From:
Shell=explorer.exe

To:
Shell=cmd.exe

Under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\
CurrentVersion\Winlogon

From:
Shell=explorer.exe

To:
Shell=cmd.exe

Remediation

Malwarebytes can modify these registry value data back to their Windows default settings without user interaction.

Also, we advise users to do a full system scan as PUM.Optional.CMDShell could have been added to the system by malware or PUP.

Add an exclusion

When PUM is detected on your computer, Malwarebytes for Windows does not know if it was authorized. Optimization software, malware, and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are known to make these types of changes, hence they are regarded as potentially unwanted.

To have Malwarebytes for Windows ignore a PUM, you must add the PUM as an exclusion.

  1. Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
  2. Click Settings, then click theProtection tab.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom.
  4. Turn off Automatically quarantine detected malware.Turning this setting off prevents Malwarebytes for Windows from quarantining the PUM automatically.
  5. Go to the Dashboard, then click Scan Now.
  6. When the Threat Scan Results appear, uncheck the box next to the detected PUM you want to keep.
  7. Click Next.
  8. On the Remaining Items window, click Ignore Always to add the exclude the detected PUM(s).
  9. Turn on Automatically quarantine detected malware.To find this setting, click Settings > Protection.

When a PUM is excluded, Malwarebytes for Windows does not detect the PUM during scans or Real-Time Protection.

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