PUP.Optional.DriverBooster

Short bio

PUP.Optional.DriverBooster is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a “driver updater” called Driver Booster which is published by Energizer Softech Pvt ltd for Windows systems.

GUI DriverBooster

Symptoms

Users may have seen this warning during install when Driver Booster is bundled with other software:

DriverBooster bundled

And these warnings when “outdated drivers” are found:

Driver Booster warning

They may see this entry in their list of installed Programs and Features:

Driver Booster installed

and this Scheduled Task:

Scheduled Task Driver Booster

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.DriverBooster is a so-called driver updater”. Driver updaters are considered a special kind of system optimizers. These so-called “system optimizers” use exaggerated scan results or sometimes even 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.
Energizers’ Driver Booster is usually installed by users themselves as part of a bundler.

Protection

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

Malwarebytes blocks Driver Booster

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.DriverBooster 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: 3/14/19
Scan Time: 12:44 PM
Log File: 7fa9d2b6-464e-11e9-919c-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.7.1.2839
Components Version: 1.0.538
Update Package Version: 1.0.9682
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: 235715
Threats Detected: 106
Threats Quarantined: 106
Time Elapsed: 6 min, 52 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.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\DriverUpdater.exe, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682

Module: 2
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\DriverHiveEngine.dll, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\DriverUpdater.exe, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682

Registry Key: 11
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\Driver Booster Autostart, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{BD82BB68-E05B-4F6E-B967-D1900F14B2E2}, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{BD82BB68-E05B-4F6E-B967-D1900F14B2E2}, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\DUSOLUTION, Quarantined, [4511], [257007],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{C40DAF9B-D897-4D66-8F7B-B404FFC4033E}, Quarantined, [4511], [361389],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INSTALLER\PRODUCTS\B9FAD04C798D66D4F8B74B40FF4C30E3, Quarantined, [4511], [361390],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKCU\SOFTWARE\DRIVER BOOSTER, Quarantined, [4511], [257006],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\*\SHELLEX\CONTEXTMENUHANDLERS\PCBoosterCMenu, Quarantined, [1328], [257026],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\ENERGIZERSOFT TECH\Driver Booster, Quarantined, [4511], [257008],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKCU\SOFTWARE\ENERGIZERSOFT TECH\Driver Booster, Quarantined, [4511], [358443],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKCU\SOFTWARE\PC BOOSTER, Quarantined, [1328], [257025],1.0.9682

Registry Value: 3
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\DUSOLUTION|PATH, Quarantined, [4511], [257007],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, HKCU\SOFTWARE\DRIVER BOOSTER|LANGUAGE, Quarantined, [4511], [257006],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKCU\SOFTWARE\PC BOOSTER|LNID, Quarantined, [1328], [257025],1.0.9682

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 6
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\DRIVERBOOSTER, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\DRIVERBOOSTER, Quarantined, [4511], [257003],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\ProgramData\PC Booster\LOGS, Quarantined, [1328], [181919],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAMDATA\PC BOOSTER, Quarantined, [1328], [181919],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAMDATA\CLP, Quarantined, [1328], [302415],1.0.9682

File: 83
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\DRIVERBOOSTER\RESOURCES\alert_popup.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\account_icon.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\account_logo.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\actions_icon.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\action_btn.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\action_btn_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\action_btn_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\activate_icon.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\arrow_down.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\arrow_right.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\buy_now.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\cancel_button_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\cancel_button_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\default.theme, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\home_icon.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\indicator.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\indicator_arrow.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\languages.lst, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\left_tab_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\left_tab_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\license1.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\license2.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\line_brush.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\logo.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\main.ico, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\main_background_f.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\main_background_p.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\main_button_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\main_button_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\middle_tab_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\middle_tab_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\minor_button_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\minor_button_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\notification_popup.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\promo_en_GB.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\right_tab_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\right_tab_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\scan1.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\scan2.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\scan3.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\scan_btn.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\scan_btn_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\scan_btn_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\scan_icon.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\scan_result.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\settings_icon.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\settings_rollup_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\settings_rollup_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\sub_tab_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\sub_tab_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\tiny_button_selected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\tiny_button_unselected.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\tiny_notification_popup.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\ui_en_GB.ts, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\ui_ru.ts, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\ui_sv.ts, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\ui_uk.ts, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\update1.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\update2.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\update3.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\update4.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\default.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\resources\selection.png, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\DPInst64.exe, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\DriverHiveEngine.dll, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\DriverUpdater.exe, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\main.ico, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\updater.exe, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\Driver Booster Autostart, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\PUBLIC\Desktop\Driver Booster.lnk, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\USERS\PUBLIC\Desktop\Driver Booster.lnk, Quarantined, [4511], [257002],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\DRIVERBOOSTER\DRIVER BOOSTER.LNK, Quarantined, [4511], [257003],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DriverBooster\End User Licence Agreement.url, Quarantined, [4511], [257003],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DriverBooster\Privacy Policy.url, Quarantined, [4511], [257003],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DriverBooster\Uninstall Driver Booster.lnk, Quarantined, [4511], [257003],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\ProgramData\PC Booster\LOGS\PCB_LOGS_03_14_2019_12_30_06_PM.log, Quarantined, [1328], [181919],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAMDATA\CLP\PB_DU-001.LIC, Quarantined, [1328], [302415],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\ProgramData\clp\clp.cid, Quarantined, [1328], [302415],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\DRIVERBOOSTER.MSI, Quarantined, [4511], [104318],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\DRIVERBOOSTERINSTALLER.EXE, Quarantined, [4511], [104318],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.Energizer, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\PCBOOSTERSETUP.EXE, Quarantined, [12970], [361696],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.Energizer, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\INSTALL.EXE, Quarantined, [12970], [361696],1.0.9682
PUP.Optional.DriverBooster, C:\WINDOWS\INSTALLER\CB0AC.MSI, Quarantined, [4511], [104318],1.0.9682

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:

(Energizer Softech Pvt ltd -> ) C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\DriverUpdater.exe
C:\ProgramData\BSD
C:\ProgramData\DriverBooster
C:\ProgramData\clp
C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Driver Booster Autostart
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Driver Booster.lnk
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DriverBooster
C:\Windows\win.ini
() C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\DriverBoosterInstaller.exe
() C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\Install.exe

Driver Booster (HKLM-x32\...\{C40DAF9B-D897-4D66-8F7B-B404FFC4033E}) (Version: 1.0.41 - Energizersoft Tech)
Task: {BD82BB68-E05B-4F6E-B967-D1900F14B2E2} - System32\Tasks\Driver Booster Autostart => C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\DriverUpdater.exe (Energizer Softech Pvt ltd -> )
(Bootstrap Development, LLC) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverBooster\driverhiveengine.dll

Associated threats

PUP.Optional.PCBooster

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