PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro

Short bio

PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that claims to be a system optimizer for Windows systems.

Symptoms

Affected systems will have these icons in their startmenu, taskbar, and on their desktop.

icons SystemKeeper

This is the GUI of the program:

GUI SystemKeeper

Users may notice tooltips like this one:

tooltip SystemKeeper

Type and source of infection

System optimizers like PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro are usually installed by users themselves based on false promises.

website SystemKeeper

Protection

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

 

block PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro

 

and by blocking their domain;

block systemkeeperpro.us

Malwarebytes blocks systemkeeperpro.us

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro 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: 12/12/16
Scan Time: 9:24 AM
Logfile: mbamSystemKeeperPro.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.0.4.1269
Components Version: 1.0.39
Update Package Version: 1.0.697
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: 351017
Time Elapsed: 8 min, 36 sec

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

-Scan Details-
Process: 1
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [2748], [351883],1.0.697

Module: 1
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.EXE, Quarantined, [2748], [351883],1.0.697

Registry Key: 1
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{742AFBBD-00FF-4811-B38D-004CF0620922}_is1, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|SystemKeeperPro, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 4
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SystemKeeperPro, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SystemKeeperProUninst, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SKP, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351890],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351882],1.0.697

File: 23
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SmartKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\INTERNET EXPLORER\QUICK LAUNCH\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.LNK, Delete-on-Reboot, [2749], [351879],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\aff.txt, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\rawlog.txt, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\unins000.dat, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\unins000.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\unins000.msg, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351883],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\botva2.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\CloseBtn.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\glow.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\ico.ico, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\innocallback.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\installer_bg.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\ISSkin.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\ProgressBackground.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\ProgressImg.png, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\Untitled3.cjstyles, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst\wpidmap.dll, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351884],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\APPDATA\ROAMING\SKP\RAWLIST.DAT, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351890],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\DESKTOP\SYSTEMKEEPERPRO.LNK, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351880],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\USERS\METALLICA\DESKTOP\SYSTEMKEEPERPROINST.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351887],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SystemKeeperPro\Get Help.url, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351882],1.0.697
PUP.Optional.SystemKeeperPro, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SystemKeeperPro\SystemKeeperPro.lnk, Delete-on-Reboot, [2748], [351882],1.0.697

Physical Sector: 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:

() C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\SystemKeeperPro.exe
 HKCU\...\Run: [SystemKeeperPro] => C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro\SystemKeeperPro.exe [1615840 2016-08-11] ()
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\skp
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperPro
 C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\SystemKeeperPro.lnk
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\SystemKeeperProUninst
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\SystemKeeperPro

SystemKeeperPro (HKCU\...\{742AFBBD-00FF-4811-B38D-004CF0620922}_is1) (Version: 12.1.0.26 - Monterix, LLC)

Alterations made by the installer:

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