PUP.Optional.WhiteClick

Short bio

PUP.Optional.WhiteClick is Malwarebytes’ detection name for a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that shows advertisements.

Symptoms

Users may see these warnings during install:

Whiteclick install

Whiteclick install

Whiteclick install

and see this entry in their list of installed Programs and Features:

PUP.Optional.WhiiteClick installed

Source and type of infection

PUP.Optional.WhiiteClick creates a search bar in the Windows taskbar.
PUP.Optional.WhiiteClick is usually installed as part of a bundle.

WhiteClick search bar

WhiteClick search bar

Protection

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

block PUP.Optional.WhiiteClick

Malwarebytes blocks PUP.Optional.WhiiteClick

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove PUP.Optional.WhiiteClick 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: 7/10/18
Scan Time: 6:54 PM
Log File: e13da69c-8461-11e8-bc63-00ffdcc6fdfc.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.5.1.2522
Components Version: 1.0.374
Update Package Version: 1.0.5855
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: 251293
Threats Detected: 65
Threats Quarantined: 65
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 30 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: 1
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{D66F6F24-652D-4405-A0D3-C568F825FE66}, Quarantined, [5080], [538662],1.0.5855

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{D66F6F24-652D-4405-A0D3-C568F825FE66}|DISPLAYNAME, Quarantined, [5080], [538662],1.0.5855

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 10
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\System Images, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\0, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\1, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\2, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\3, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\4, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\5, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\WHITECLICK, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855

File: 53
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\WHITECLICK\ACTIVE-SEARCH.ICO, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\afisha.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\ali.getoneclick.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\auto.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\aw.my.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\bing.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\e.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\facebook.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\horo.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\instagram.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\linkedin.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\vk.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\warface.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\warface.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\warthunder.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\warthunder.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\worldoftanks.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\worldoftanks.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\worldofwarships.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\worldofwarships.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\wot.getoneclick.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\wows.getoneclick.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\wtr.getoneclick.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\youtube.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\my.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\news.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\ok.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\otvet.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\pogoda.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\rev.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\ru.aliexpress.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\sport.mail.ru.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Images\twitter.com.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\System Images\add_tab.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\System Images\loupe.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\System Images\question_mark.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\System Images\right-arrow.png, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\0\Settings.ini, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\1\Settings.ini, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\2\Settings.ini, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\3\Settings.ini, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\4\Settings.ini, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Tabs\5\Settings.ini, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\License.rtf, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Newtonsoft.Json.dll, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\Start.exe, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\System.Net.Http.dll, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\WebClient.dll, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\WhiteClick.dll, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick\WhiteClick.InstallState, Quarantined, [5080], [538656],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\WHITECLICK.EXE, Quarantined, [5080], [538670],1.0.5855
PUP.Optional.WhiteClick, C:\WINDOWS\INSTALLER\AFB537.MSI, Quarantined, [5080], [538669],1.0.5855

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.

  • 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:

Startup: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Shortcut to Primary output from Start (Active).lnk [2018-07-10]
ShortcutTarget: Shortcut to Primary output from Start (Active).lnk -> C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Installer\{D66F6F24-652D-4405-A0D3-C568F825FE66}\_64A90423D4124B9A5633D3.exe ()
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\WhiteClick

WhiteClick (HKLM-x32\...\{D66F6F24-652D-4405-A0D3-C568F825FE66}) (Version: 1.0.2 - AITI LODZHYK, TOV)

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