PUP.Optional.DriverTonic

Short bio

PUP.Optional.DriverTonic is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a potentially unwanted program, a so-called “driver updater and system optimizer” called Driver Tonic. Driver Tonic is published by PC Tonics and aimed at Windows systems.

GUI Driver Tonic

Symptoms

Users of affected systems may have seen these warnings during install:

installing Driver Tonic

bundler

and may see these warnings when Driver Tonic is active:

Driver Tonic uses a Scheduled Task to gain persistence:

scheduled task Driver Tonic

You may see this entry in the list of installed Programs and Features:

Driver Tonic installed

Type and source of the infection

PUP.Optional.DriverTonic is a driver updater and system optimizer. These so-called “system optimizers” use 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.
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic is often installed by users themselves. Driver Tonic can be delivered as part of a bundler or can be downloaded from their website.

PC Tonics website

Protection

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

block Driver Tonic

Malwarebytes blocks Driver Tonic

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.DriverTonic 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:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 4/8/19
Scan Time: 9:13 AM
Log File: bf02b4ea-59cd-11e9-9ecf-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.7.1.2839
Components Version: 1.0.563
Update Package Version: 1.0.10044
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: 236266
Threats Detected: 81
Threats Quarantined: 81
Time Elapsed: 7 min, 7 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.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dtn.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044

Module: 9
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\x64\SQLite.Interop.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dtn.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\HtmlRenderer.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\HtmlRenderer.WPF.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\PaddleCheckoutSDK.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\System.Data.SQLite.DLL, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\WPFToolkit.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044

Registry Key: 8
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\Driver Tonic_Logon, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{A25E30FE-1291-4529-82C2-AA4D55A8CADF}, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{A25E30FE-1291-4529-82C2-AA4D55A8CADF}, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{4C7CA6F1-4691-449D-B574-559726CDA825}_is1, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, HKCU\SOFTWARE\PCTONICS.COM\Driver Tonic, Quarantined, [2936], [505865],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.Jawego, HKLM\SOFTWARE\DTC-PR, Quarantined, [600], [543113],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.WinTonic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\cGN0b25pY3MuY29t, Quarantined, [1394], [491485],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\PCTONICS.COM\Driver Tonic, Quarantined, [2936], [505863],1.0.10044

Registry Value: 3
PUP.Optional.Jawego, HKLM\SOFTWARE\DTC-PR|AFFILIATEID, Quarantined, [600], [543113],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{A25E30FE-1291-4529-82C2-AA4D55A8CADF}|PATH, Quarantined, [2936], [582488],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{4C7CA6F1-4691-449D-B574-559726CDA825}_IS1|DISPLAYNAME, Quarantined, [2936], [505864],1.0.10044

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 8
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\x64, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\x86, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\x64, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\x86, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\PROGRAM FILES\DRIVER TONIC, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\DRIVER TONIC, Quarantined, [2936], [505860],1.0.10044

File: 52
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp\7z.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp\7z.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp\difxapi.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp\difxapi64.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp\DPInst32.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp\DPInst64.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp\DrvReposPath.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dp\DrvSignerVerifier.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\x64\SQLite.Interop.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\x86\SQLite.Interop.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\langs.db, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\Newtonsoft.Json.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\System.Data.SQLite.DLL, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\System.Data.SQLite.Linq.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\System.Threading.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\TAFactory.IconPack.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\WebExtNotifier.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\websec\WebExtNotifier.exe.config, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\x64\SQLite.Interop.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\x86\SQLite.Interop.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Application_icon.png, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Delimon.Win32.IO.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dtn.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dtn.exe.config, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dtonic.ttf, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\HtmlRenderer.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\HtmlRenderer.WPF.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Interop.SHDocVw.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\langs.db, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\Newtonsoft.Json.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\PaddleCheckoutSDK.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\PresentationCore.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\System.Data.SQLite.DLL, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\System.Threading.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\TAFactory.IconPack.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\unins000.dat, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\unins000.exe, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\unins000.msg, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\WPFToolkit.dll, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\Driver Tonic_Logon, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\PUBLIC\Desktop\Driver Tonic.lnk, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\USERS\PUBLIC\Desktop\Driver Tonic.lnk, Quarantined, [2936], [505858],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Driver Tonic\Buy Driver Tonic.lnk, Quarantined, [2936], [505860],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Driver Tonic\Driver Tonic.lnk, Quarantined, [2936], [505860],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Driver Tonic\Uninstall Driver Tonic.lnk, Quarantined, [2936], [505860],1.0.10044
PUP.Optional.DriverTonic, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\DRIVERTONIC.EXE, Quarantined, [2936], [509861],1.0.10044

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:

(PC Tonics Inc -> pctonics.com) C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dtn.exe
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\Driver Tonic.lnk
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Driver Tonic_Logon
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\pctonics.com
C:\ProgramData\pctonics.com
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Driver Tonic
C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic

Driver Tonic (HKLM\...\{4C7CA6F1-4691-449D-B574-559726CDA825}_is1) (Version: 1.0.1.6 - pctonics.com)
Task: {A25E30FE-1291-4529-82C2-AA4D55A8CADF} - System32\Tasks\Driver Tonic_Logon => C:\Program Files\Driver Tonic\dtn.exe (PC Tonics Inc -> pctonics.com)

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