PUP.Optional.RocketPC

Short bio

PUP.Optional.RocketPC is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a system optimizer for Windows systems published by Solvusoft.

GUI RocketPC

Symptoms

During the installation of PUP.Optional.RocketPC you may see screens like these:

installing RocketPC

EULA RocketPC

When the software is active users may see screens like these:

initializing RocketPC

register RocketPC

You need to register RocketPC to fix the problems it found

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

installed RocketPC

and users may notice this list of Scheduled Tasks:

scheduled Tasks RocketPC

 

Type and source of infection

PUP.Optional.RocketPC is a potentially unwanted program (PUP).  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.RocketPC is usually installed by users themselves and can be downloaded from their website.

Solvusoft website

Protection

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

block PUP.Optional.RocketPC

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.RocketPC

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.RocketPC 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: 3/8/19
Scan Time: 10:22 AM
Log File: a8fd07c0-4183-11e9-af1a-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.7.1.2839
Components Version: 1.0.538
Update Package Version: 1.0.9594
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: 236587
Threats Detected: 33
Threats Quarantined: 33
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 59 sec

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

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 18
PUP.Optional.OptimizerEliteMax, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PERFMONITOR_STRTP, Quarantined, [3213], [306455],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.OptimizerEliteMax, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{63A0E5ED-65DA-4937-90BE-F5F9285D7FA6}, Quarantined, [3213], [306455],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.OptimizerEliteMax, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{63A0E5ED-65DA-4937-90BE-F5F9285D7FA6}, Quarantined, [3213], [306455],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\RocketPC_pp1, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{C3A068D4-C3DF-4EFD-A31B-6B475ED2B782}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{C3A068D4-C3DF-4EFD-A31B-6B475ED2B782}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\RocketPC_pp2_1, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{BA5FBF1B-F50C-4DA1-AACE-27CB8821C87C}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{BA5FBF1B-F50C-4DA1-AACE-27CB8821C87C}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\RocketPC_pp2_2, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9694F7DB-2818-4D71-A386-0D2A144556A8}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{9694F7DB-2818-4D71-A386-0D2A144556A8}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\RocketPC_pp2_3, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{9C50B806-2E5E-49A3-8C14-2DBC388A3D29}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{9C50B806-2E5E-49A3-8C14-2DBC388A3D29}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\RocketPC_pp3_1, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{0A1BE82C-F975-4B2E-B0C6-B694A1230F1F}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\PLAIN\{0A1BE82C-F975-4B2E-B0C6-B694A1230F1F}, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.OptimizerEliteMax, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{63A0E5ED-65DA-4937-90BE-F5F9285D7FA6}|PATH, Quarantined, [3213], [306457],1.0.9594

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 14
PUP.Optional.OptimizerEliteMax, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\PERFMONITOR_STRTP.job, Quarantined, [3213], [306455],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.OptimizerEliteMax, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PERFMONITOR_STRTP, Quarantined, [3213], [306455],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\RocketPC_pp1.job, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\RocketPC_pp1, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\RocketPC_pp2_1.job, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\RocketPC_pp2_1, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\RocketPC_pp2_2.job, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\RocketPC_pp2_2, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\RocketPC_pp2_3.job, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\RocketPC_pp2_3, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\TASKS\RocketPC_pp3_1.job, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\RocketPC_pp3_1, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\ROCKETPC\RPCEX.EXE, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594
PUP.Optional.RocketPC, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\SETUP_ROCKETPC_2018.EXE, Quarantined, [12790], [524469],1.0.9594

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:

(SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft) C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RocketPC.exe
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp3_1
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_3
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_2
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_1
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp1
C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_3.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_2.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_1.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp3_1.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp1.job
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\RocketPC_period
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PerfMonitor_once
C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\PerfMonitor_strtp
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\RocketPC.lnk
C:\Windows\Tasks\PerfMonitor_strtp.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\PerfMonitor_once.job
C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_period.job
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\RocketPC
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\RocketPC
C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC
(Solvusoft ) C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Setup_RocketPC_2018.exe

RocketPC (HKLM-x32\...\RocketPC_is1) (Version: 1.2.2.105 - Solvusoft)
Task: {0A1BE82C-F975-4B2E-B0C6-B694A1230F1F} - System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp3_1 => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe (SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft)
Task: {63A0E5ED-65DA-4937-90BE-F5F9285D7FA6} - System32\Tasks\PerfMonitor_strtp => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\PerformanceMonitor.exe (SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft)
Task: {67F4DAF2-9665-41F7-9D16-47CE57ABBF2B} - System32\Tasks\PerfMonitor_once => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\PerformanceMonitor.exe (SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft)
Task: {893F3C7D-5DC9-4410-88B2-4DAB24430909} - System32\Tasks\RocketPC_period => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RocketPC.exe (SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft)
Task: {9694F7DB-2818-4D71-A386-0D2A144556A8} - System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_2 => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe (SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft)
Task: {9C50B806-2E5E-49A3-8C14-2DBC388A3D29} - System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_3 => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe (SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft)
Task: {BA5FBF1B-F50C-4DA1-AACE-27CB8821C87C} - System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_1 => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe (SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft)
Task: {C3A068D4-C3DF-4EFD-A31B-6B475ED2B782} - System32\Tasks\RocketPC_pp1 => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe (SOLVUSOFT CORPORATION -> Solvusoft)
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PerfMonitor_once.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\PerformanceMonitor.exe
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\PerfMonitor_strtp.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\PerformanceMonitor.exe
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_period.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RocketPC.exe
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp1.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_1.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_2.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp2_3.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe
Task: C:\Windows\Tasks\RocketPC_pp3_1.job => C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\RPCEx.exe
(Soraco Technologies Inc -> Soraco Technologies Inc.) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketPC\IsLicense50.dll

Associated threats

 

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