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Security.Hijack, AUpdate.exe False Positive?


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I ran Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on my system and received 2 errors.  See attached.


AUpdate.exe is part of the program Driver Booster (also Driver Booster Beta) from IObit.  I do not believe this to be any type of malware.  A search of my hard drive shows this as the only occurrences of a file with the name "AUpdate.exe".  Please let me know if this is a false positive and if it is, that it has be fixed in the database.


Thank you


AUpdate (Driver Booster Beta).zip

AUpdate (Driver Booster).zip

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Hi Mike,

It does not look like the file itself is being targeted but a registry key that often are fiddled with to prevent security tools or other useful tools from running or to cause malicious software to run instead of the intended program.

I just had a quick look - installed Driver Booster & do not see that registry key on my system so I suspect something else created that key & that registry trace detection has been in our database for years. Files themselves are not detected.

Would you mind exporting a registry key for me & attaching it here so I can see what is there?

Not going to edit anything - just having a peek.

Press the Windows key & R - this opens the run box.

Type "regedit.exe" without the quotes & click OK.

If you get a security prompt, allow this.

Regedit opens.

Go to & expand the following keys(folders) at the left:




Windows NT


Scroll down & hilight "Image File Execution Options"

Right click that key, choose "Export"

Save the file to your desktop named "IFEO" (without quotes)

Once done, exit regedit.

Zip the IFEO you saved & attach to your next reply.

Once I review it, I'll let you know if anything else needs to be done on your or my end.

For now you can tell Malwarebytes to ignore it if it comes up in the next scan.

Thank you,


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Thanks Mike,

It looks like Advanced System Care created those registry entries which do look to be legit. (I didn't install the ASC.)

However, because malware can create the same entries that launch either malware or other files to render these programs useless - we can't remove the detections.

Next time MBAM detects these entries, you can choose to make an exception for them & it will not find them again.

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