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What is Inlog Optimizer?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Inlog Optimizer is a "system optimizer". 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.
The settings provided by this particular one can result in the detection of several potentially unwanted modifications (PUMs).

How do I know if I am infected with Inlog Optimizer?

This is how the main screen of the system optimizer looks:

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You will find this icon in your taskbar:

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and see this type of screens during "operations":

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You may see this entry in your list of installed programs:

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How did Inlog Optimizer get on my computer?

These so-called system optimizers use different methods of getting installed. This particular one was installed by a Trojan.Dropper.

How do I remove Inlog Optimizer?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted application.

  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Inlog Optimizer?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Inlog Optimizer completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this system optimizer.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Inlog Optimizer installer. It would have warned you before the application could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

 

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and we block access to their domain:
 

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Technical details for experts

You may see these entries in FRST logs:

 

(Inlog Software) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\InlogOptimizer.exe
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender: Restriction <==== ATTENTION
HKCU\...\Policies\Explorer: [NoViewContextMenu] 0
C:\ProgramData\Optimizer
C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software
(Inlog Software ) C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\setup.exe

Inlog Optimizer 3.1 (HKLM-x32\...\Inlog Optimizer 3.1) (Version: 3.1 - Inlog Software)
(Inlog Software) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\InlogOptimizer.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
 

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer
       Adds the file check.txt"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 1 bytes, A
       Adds the file InlogOptimizer.exe"="5/29/2019 1:47 PM, 1092096 bytes, A
       Adds the file Newtonsoft.Json.dll"="2/3/2019 8:13 AM, 526336 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 99909 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall.ini"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 2711 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Optimizer
       Adds the file Optimizer.json"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 1265 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Optimizer\ExtractedIcons
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Optimizer\FavIcons
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Optimizer\ReadyMadeMenus
       Adds the file DesktopShortcuts.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 2617 bytes, A
       Adds the file InstallTakeOwnership.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 644 bytes, A
       Adds the file PowerMenu.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 2593 bytes, A
       Adds the file RemoveTakeOwnership.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 124 bytes, A
       Adds the file SystemShortcuts.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 5683 bytes, A
       Adds the file SystemTools.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 3888 bytes, A
       Adds the file WindowsApps.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 3976 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Optimizer\Required
       Adds the file DisableOfficeTelemetryTasks.bat"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 302 bytes, A
       Adds the file DisableOfficeTelemetryTasks.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 630 bytes, A
       Adds the file DisableTelemetryTasks.bat"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 3967 bytes, A
       Adds the file DisableXboxTasks.bat"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 270 bytes, A
       Adds the file EnableOfficeTelemetryTasks.bat"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 161 bytes, A
       Adds the file EnableOfficeTelemetryTasks.reg"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 448 bytes, A
       Adds the file EnableTelemetryTasks.bat"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 2104 bytes, A
       Adds the file EnableXboxTasks.bat"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 145 bytes, A
       Adds the file OneDrive_Uninstaller.cmd"="6/21/2019 8:57 AM, 846 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Inlog Optimizer 3.1]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\Uninstall.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Inlog Optimizer 3.1"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "3.1"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 2398
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20190621"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\"
       "InstallSource"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\"
       "Language"="REG_DWORD", 1033
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Inlog Software"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\Uninstall.exe"
       "VersionMajor"="REG_DWORD", 3
       "VersionMinor"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Inlog Software]
       "Inlog Optimizer"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer"

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 6/21/19
Scan Time: 9:08 AM
Log File: 54f22a62-93f3-11e9-8fe8-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.7.1.2839
Components Version: 1.0.586
Update Package Version: 1.0.11174
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: 236004
Threats Detected: 13
Threats Quarantined: 13
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 48 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.InlogOptimizer, C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\InlogOptimizer.exe, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174

Module: 1
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\InlogOptimizer.exe, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174

Registry Key: 1
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Inlog Optimizer 3.1, Quarantined, [3072], [698978],1.0.11174

Registry Value: 2
PUM.Optional.DisableMRT, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\POLICIES\MICROSOFT\MRT|DONTREPORTINFECTIONINFORMATION, Quarantined, [7079], [676881],1.0.11174
PUM.Optional.DisableMRT, HKLM\SOFTWARE\POLICIES\MICROSOFT\MRT|DONTREPORTINFECTIONINFORMATION, Quarantined, [7079], [676881],1.0.11174

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 2
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\INLOG SOFTWARE, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174

File: 6
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\check.txt, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\InlogOptimizer.exe, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\Newtonsoft.Json.dll, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174
PUP.Optional.InlogOptimizer, C:\Program Files (x86)\Inlog Software\Inlog Optimizer\Uninstall.ini, Quarantined, [3072], [698969],1.0.11174
Trojan.Dropper, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\SETUP.EXE, Quarantined, [749], [690163],1.0.11174

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention

Save yourself the hassle and get protected. 

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