PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

Short bio

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a system optimizer for Windows systems and was released by XportSoft Technologies.

GUI PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

GUI PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

Symptoms

On affected systems users may notice this entry in their list of installed Programs and Features:

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro installed

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro is installed

and a host of Scheduled Tasks simialr to these:

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro Scheduled Tasks

Scheduled Tasks PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

these icons on their desktop, in their taskbar, their startmenu and in their right-click menu:

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro icons

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro icons

 

Type and source of the infection

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro identifies “problems” on the affected system that it promises to remove with the paid version.

fix PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro only the paid version fixes

PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro is installed by users as a result of aggressive advertising.

Protection

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

block PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro

and by blocking their domain:

block pcoptimizerpro.com

Malwarebytes blocks pcoptimizerpro.com

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove {detection name} 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: 5/30/18
Scan Time: 10:34 AM
Log File: 54d13cad-63e4-11e8-bf52-080027235d76.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.3.1.2183
Components Version: 1.0.262
Update Package Version: 1.0.5302
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 240721
Threats Detected: 61
Threats Quarantined: 61
Time Elapsed: 2 min, 42 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.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTIMIZERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302

Module: 2
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTPROCTXMENU.DLL, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTIMIZERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302

Registry Key: 23
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{40C0E937-E245-4E4D-AFA0-ADF8A091AB63}, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{40C0E937-E245-4E4D-AFA0-ADF8A091AB63}, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{C5B23C4D-31C2-446E-B432-247FDD101532}, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{C5B23C4D-31C2-446E-B432-247FDD101532}, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Optimizer Pro Idle, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{B74B0B8F-207E-4606-A368-EB857B144DC9}, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{B74B0B8F-207E-4606-A368-EB857B144DC9}, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Optimizer Pro Updates, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{D564F511-6242-41BA-975D-6AD0875B8DF0}, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{D564F511-6242-41BA-975D-6AD0875B8DF0}, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\PC OPTIMIZER PRO, Quarantined, [1261], [260294],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\PC OPTIMIZER PRO, Quarantined, [1261], [260298],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\PC Optimizer Pro, Quarantined, [1261], [333185],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{12AB121E-44C6-488B-8773-B0AE25E662E1}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\INTERFACE\{12AB121E-44C6-488B-8773-B0AE25E662E1}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\INTERFACE\{12AB121E-44C6-488B-8773-B0AE25E662E1}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{003B9C22-6FE0-4BCA-A73F-9AA99B9BBDAA}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\WOW6432NODE\TYPELIB\{003B9C22-6FE0-4BCA-A73F-9AA99B9BBDAA}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{203ABD21-41F1-4F1B-BAE3-D6A89A90D239}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\{203ABD21-41F1-4F1B-BAE3-D6A89A90D239}\InprocServer32, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\CLASSES\TYPELIB\{003B9C22-6FE0-4BCA-A73F-9AA99B9BBDAA}, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302

Registry Value: 12
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\PC OPTIMIZER PRO|ISAINS, Quarantined, [1261], [260294],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO64 STARTUPS.JOB, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO64 STARTUPS.JOB.FP, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO UPDATES.JOB, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO UPDATES.JOB.FP, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO IDLE.JOB, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO IDLE.JOB.FP, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO64 SCAN.JOB, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\COMPATIBILITYADAPTER\SIGNATURES|PC OPTIMIZER PRO64 SCAN.JOB.FP, Quarantined, [1261], [411376],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\PC OPTIMIZER PRO|PUBLISHER, Quarantined, [1261], [260298],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{40C0E937-E245-4E4D-AFA0-ADF8A091AB63}|PATH, Quarantined, [1261], [325241],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{C5B23C4D-31C2-446E-B432-247FDD101532}|PATH, Quarantined, [1261], [325241],1.0.5302

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 3
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\PC Optimizer Pro\LOGS, Quarantined, [1261], [182300],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAMDATA\PC OPTIMIZER PRO, Quarantined, [1261], [182300],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\PC OPTIMIZER PRO, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302

File: 20
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\USERS\PUBLIC\DESKTOP\PC OPTIMIZER PRO.LNK, Quarantined, [1261], [260289],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\QUICK LAUNCH\PC OPTIMIZER PRO.LNK, Quarantined, [1261], [260312],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups, Quarantined, [1261], [325246],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro Idle, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro Updates, Quarantined, [1261], [260291],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job, Quarantined, [1261], [325247],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job, Quarantined, [1261], [325247],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job, Quarantined, [1261], [260292],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job, Quarantined, [1261], [260292],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\PC Optimizer Pro\LOGS\REG_LOGS_05_30_2018_10_26_41_AM.log, Quarantined, [1261], [182300],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\Live Support.url, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\PC Optimizer Pro.lnk, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\Uninstallation Guide.url, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\Visit Website.url, Quarantined, [1261], [182301],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTPROCTXMENU.DLL, Quarantined, [1261], [333184],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTIMIZERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\PCOPTIMIZERPROINSTALLER.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\PCOPTPROTRAYS.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [115333],1.0.5302
PUP.Optional.PCOptimizerPro, C:\PROGRAM FILES\PC OPTIMIZER PRO\UNINST.EXE, Quarantined, [1261], [392397],1.0.5302

Physical Sector: 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:

(Xportsoft Technologies) C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\PCOptimizerPro.exe
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\PC Optimizer Pro.lnk
C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job
C:\ProgramData\PC Optimizer Pro
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro
C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro

PC Optimizer Pro (HKLM\...\PC Optimizer Pro) (Version: 8.1.1.3 - Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION
Task: {40C0E937-E245-4E4D-AFA0-ADF8A091AB63} - System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe [2018-05-14] (Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION
Task: {B74B0B8F-207E-4606-A368-EB857B144DC9} - System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe [2018-05-14] (Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION
Task: {C5B23C4D-31C2-446E-B432-247FDD101532} - System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe [2018-05-14] (Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION
Task: {D564F511-6242-41BA-975D-6AD0875B8DF0} - System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe [2018-05-14] (Xportsoft Technologies) <==== ATTENTION
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe <==== ATTENTION
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe <==== ATTENTION
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe <==== ATTENTION
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job => C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\StartApps.exe <==== ATTENTION

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