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 MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

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.

  • Open Malwarebytes for Windows.
  • Click the Detection History
  • Click the Allow List
  • To add an item to the Allow List, click Add.
  • Select the exclusion type Allow a file or folder and use the Select a folder button to select the main folder for the software that you wish to keep.
  • Repeat this for any secondary files or folder(s) that belong to the software.

If you want to allow the program to connect to the Internet, for example to fetch updates, also add an exclusion of the type Allow an application to connect 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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