PUP.Optional.DriverHive

Short bio

PUP.Optional.DriverHive is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a potentially unwanted program (PUP) called DriverHive, published by Bootstrap Development, LLC. aimed at Windows systems.

GUI DriverHIve

DriverHives GUI

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.DriverHive is a driver updater. Driver updaters are a specific kind of system optimizers. These so-called “system optimizers” often use intentional false positives or exaggerated results to convince users that their systems have problems. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these problems. This one also offers a free trial where the installer is a bundler.
PUP.Optional.DriverHive is usually installed by users themselves from the website.

website DriverHive

website DriverHive

Symptoms

Users may see these warnings during install:

DriverHive install 1

DriverHive install 2

DriverHive bundler

DriverHive install 4

and they may see this entry in their list of installled Programs and Features:

DriverHive installed

these icons in their start-menu, in their taskbar and on their desktop:

icons DriverHive

and they may see these screens during operations:

DriverHive errors

DriverHive close

Protection

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

block DriverHive

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.DriverHive

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.DriverHive 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: 1/28/19
Scan Time: 8:50 AM
Log File: 64bfdcb6-22d1-11e9-a7b0-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.6.1.2711
Components Version: 1.0.482
Update Package Version: 1.0.8990
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: 235667
Threats Detected: 34
Threats Quarantined: 34
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 17 sec

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

-Scan Details-
Process: 2
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\DRIVERHIVE\DRIVERHIVETRAY.EXE, Quarantined, [2912], [542206],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DriverHive.exe, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990

Module: 2
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\DRIVERHIVE\DRIVERHIVETRAY.EXE, Quarantined, [2912], [542206],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DriverHive.exe, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990

Registry Key: 2
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\BSD\DriverHive, Quarantined, [2912], [542205],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\DriverHive_is1, Quarantined, [2912], [542207],1.0.8990

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|DRIVERHIVETRAY, Quarantined, [2912], [542206],1.0.8990

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 6
PUP.Optional.ASK, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\APNLOGS, Quarantined, [2], [184754],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.ASK.Gen, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\APN-STUB, Quarantined, [3598], [181296],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\BSD\DriverHive\Logs, Quarantined, [2912], [542201],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\BSD\DRIVERHIVE, Quarantined, [2912], [542201],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\DRIVERHIVE, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\DRIVERHIVE, Quarantined, [2912], [542202],1.0.8990

File: 21
PUP.Optional.ASK, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\APNLOGS\ic.log, Quarantined, [2], [184754],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.ASK.Gen, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp\APN-Stub\Stb69d0002f-688a-42c9-9ef4-d8530ff9ec01.log, Quarantined, [3598], [181296],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\BSD\DRIVERHIVE\LOGS\DriverHive.log, Quarantined, [2912], [542201],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\BSD\DriverHive\Logs\DriverHiveTray.log, Quarantined, [2912], [542201],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\DRIVERHIVE.LNK, Quarantined, [2912], [542204],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\QUICK LAUNCH\DRIVERHIVE.LNK, Quarantined, [2912], [542203],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\DRIVERHIVE\DRIVERHIVETRAY.EXE, Quarantined, [2912], [542206],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DPInst32.exe, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DPInst64.exe, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DriverHive Help.chm, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DriverHive.exe, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\PBLogo.bmp, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\unins000.dat, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\unins000.exe, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\UninstallTrial.bmp, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\ZipDll.dll, Quarantined, [2912], [542200],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DriverHive\DriverHive.lnk, Quarantined, [2912], [542202],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DriverHive\Help for DriverHive.lnk, Quarantined, [2912], [542202],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DriverHive\Uninstall DriverHive.lnk, Quarantined, [2912], [542202],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\DRIVERHIVETRIALSETUP.EXE, Quarantined, [2912], [542209],1.0.8990
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\USERS\{username}\DOWNLOADS\DRIVERHIVETRIALSETUP.EXE, Quarantined, [2912], [542209],1.0.8990

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 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.

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:

(Bootstrap Development, LLC.) C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DriverHive.exe
(Bootstrap Development, LLC.) C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DriverHiveTray.exe
HKLM-x32\...\Run: [DriverHiveTray] => C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive\DriverHiveTray.exe [2444328 2016-01-17] (Bootstrap Development, LLC.)
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\BSD
C:\ProgramData\BSD
C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\DriverHive.lnk
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\DriverHive
C:\Program Files (x86)\DriverHive
(Bootstrap Development, LLC.) C:\Windows\bsdsetupDH.dll

DriverHive (HKLM-x32\...\DriverHive_is1) (Version:  - Bootstrap Development, LLC.)

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