PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater

Short bio

PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a potentially unwanted program (PUP) aimed at Windows systems and published by Auslogics.

Symptoms

Users of affected systems may have seen these warnings during the installation process:

installing Auslogics Driver Updater

installing Auslogics Driver Updater

this type of warnings during operations:

active Auslogics Driver Updater

and this entry in the list of installed Programs and Features:

installed Auslogics Driver Updater

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater is advertized as a sytem optimizer in the form of a driver updater. It’s usually installed by the users themselves due to misleading advertizing.

website Auslogics

Aftermath

PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater gains persistence by adding a Scheduled Task.

auslogics scheduled task

Protection

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

block PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater 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:

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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/1/19
Scan Time: 9:13 AM
Log File: 06416a68-e41b-11e9-8efa-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.8.3.2965
Components Version: 1.0.613
Update Package Version: 1.0.12719
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: 235160
Threats Detected: 38
Threats Quarantined: 38
Time Elapsed: 10 min, 4 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.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATER.EXE, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719

Module: 15
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\LOCALIZER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\ATUPDATERSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\GOOGLEANALYTICSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\SYSTEMINFORMATIONHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DEBUGHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\ATPOPUPSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.SITE.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\TASKSCHEDULERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERHIVEENGINE.DLL, Quarantined, [2963], [542209],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.ROUTINE.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATER.EXE, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\CFAHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\RESCUECENTERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719

Registry Key: 3
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\Auslogics\Driver Updater\Start Driver Updater оn {username} logon, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{F7D9EDE3-BE63-463C-B77F-21095C013679}, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{F7D9EDE3-BE63-463C-B77F-21095C013679}, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719

File: 18
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Auslogics\Driver Updater\Start Driver Updater оn {username} logon, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\LOCALIZER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\ATUPDATERSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\GOOGLEANALYTICSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\SYSTEMINFORMATIONHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DEBUGHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\ATPOPUPSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.SITE.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\TASKSCHEDULERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERHIVEENGINE.DLL, Quarantined, [2963], [542209],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.ROUTINE.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\USERS\{username}\Desktop\Auslogics Driver Updater.lnk, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATER.EXE, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\CFAHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\RESCUECENTERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\DRIVER-UPDATER-SETUP.EXE, Quarantined, [3607], [341785],1.0.12719

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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Add an excluision

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:

(Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd -> Auslogics) C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\DriverUpdater.exe
Task: {F7D9EDE3-BE63-463C-B77F-21095C013679} - System32\Tasks\Auslogics\Driver Updater\Start Driver Updater оn {username} logon => C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\DriverUpdater.exe [4768888 2019-08-23] (Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd -> Auslogics)
C:\ProgramData\BSD
C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Auslogics Driver Updater.lnk
C:\Windows\system32\Tasks\Auslogics
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Auslogics
C:\ProgramData\Auslogics
C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics

Auslogics Driver Updater (HKLM-x32\...\{23BB1B18-3537-48F7-BEF7-42BC65DBF993}_is1) (Version: 1.21.3.0 - Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd)

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