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What is Carambis Driver Updater?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Carambis Driver Updater is a "driver updater". 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.
More information can be found on our Malwarebytes Labs blog.

This particular one is also a bundler:

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How do I know if I am infected with Carambis Driver Updater?

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

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You will find these icons in your taskbar, your startmenu, and on your desktop:

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and see these warnings during install:

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and this screen during "operations":

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You may see these entries in your list of installed programs:

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How did Carambis Driver Updater get on my computer?

These so-called system optimizers use different methods of getting installed. This particular one was downloaded from their website:

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How do I remove Carambis Driver Updater?

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 Carambis Driver Updater?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Carambis Driver Updater 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 Carambis Driver Updater 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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Technical details for experts

You may see these entries in FRST logs:
 

HKCU\...\Run: [Driver Updater] => C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\dupdater.exe [5188728 2019-08-30] (ROSTPAY LTD -> ROSTPAY LTD)
C:\ProgramData\mtbjfghn.xbe
C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Driver Updater.lnk
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Driver Updater
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Driver Updater
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Carambis
C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Tempcarambis_driver_updater_06fe080f5cf56822b855ee9ebabea11815409468.exe
(ROSTPAY LTD.) C:\Users\{username}\Downloads\InstallerDU-2.4.4.4634.exe

Carambis Driver Updater (HKLM-x32\...\Driver Updater) (Version: 2.4.4.4634 - ROSTPAY LTD)
(Digia Plc and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\imageformats\qico4.dll
(Digia Plc and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtCore4.dll
(Digia Plc and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtGui4.dll
(Digia Plc and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtNetwork4.dll
(Digia Plc and/or its subsidiary(-ies)) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtXml4.dll
(Terra Informatica Software, Inc., British Columbia, Canada.) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\HTMLayout.dll
(The cURL library, hxxp://curl.haxx.se/) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\libcurl.dll

Significant changes made by the installer:
 

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
---------------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater
       Adds the file dupdater.exe"="8/30/2019 3:15 PM, 5188728 bytes, A
       Adds the file htmlayout.dll"="11/8/2011 7:20 PM, 947200 bytes, A
       Adds the file libcurl.dll"="9/27/2011 9:37 AM, 213504 bytes, A
       Adds the file QtCore4.dll"="12/25/2013 5:01 PM, 2596352 bytes, A
       Adds the file QtGui4.dll"="12/25/2013 5:04 PM, 8579584 bytes, A
       Adds the file QtNetwork4.dll"="12/25/2013 5:01 PM, 1053696 bytes, A
       Adds the file QtXml4.dll"="12/25/2013 5:01 PM, 356352 bytes, A
       Adds the file sqlite3.dll"="9/27/2011 10:13 AM, 223232 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninstall.exe"="8/30/2019 3:15 PM, 165024 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\imageformats
       Adds the file qico4.dll"="12/25/2013 6:14 PM, 28672 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\Win32
       Adds the file Installer.exe"="7/23/2018 4:04 PM, 87200 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\x64
       Adds the file Installer.exe"="7/23/2018 4:04 PM, 104096 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\ProgramData
       Adds the file mtbjfghn.xbe"="9/2/2019 9:08 AM, 4886 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local
       Adds the file Temp06fe080f5cf56822b855ee9ebabea11815409468.txt"="9/2/2019 9:07 AM, 1827 bytes, A
       Adds the file Tempcarambis_driver_updater_06fe080f5cf56822b855ee9ebabea11815409468.exe"="9/2/2019 9:07 AM, 16109752 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Carambis\Driver Updater
       Adds the file log.txt"="9/2/2019 9:08 AM, 0 bytes, A
       Adds the file settings.dat"="9/2/2019 9:08 AM, 313500 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Carambis\Driver Updater\backup
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Carambis\Driver Updater\data
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Carambis\Driver Updater\drivers
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Carambis\Driver Updater\License
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Carambis\Driver Updater\temp
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Driver Updater\tmp
       Adds the file downloader.exe"="2/5/2019 1:23 PM, 187712 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Driver Updater
       Adds the file Driver Updater.lnk"="9/2/2019 9:08 AM, 1230 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall.lnk"="9/2/2019 9:08 AM, 1235 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\Desktop
       Adds the file Driver Updater.lnk"="9/2/2019 9:08 AM, 1194 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Driver Updater]
       "Comments"="REG_SZ", "ROSTPAY LTD. All rights reserved."
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\dupdater.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Carambis Driver Updater"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "2.4.4.4634"
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater"
       "NoModify"="REG_SZ", "1"
       "NoRepair"="REG_SZ", "1"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "ROSTPAY LTD"
       "RegCompany"="REG_SZ", "Carambis"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\uninstall.exe"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Carambis\Driver Updater]
       "appId"="REG_SZ", "{4B91CACF-69FC-4FFE-ADEB-8CE513D413E1}"
       "InstallId"="REG_SZ", "{328FF334-2090-4DD0-AA1F-5D754B58529E}"
       "InstallTime"="REG_DWORD", 1567415319
       "partnerId"="REG_SZ", ""
       "registrationId"="REG_SZ", "7200287"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Carambis\Driver Updater\generalSettings]
       "launchProgramAtStartupEnabled"="REG_SZ", "true"
       "scanAtStartupEnabled"="REG_SZ", "true"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
       "Driver Updater"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\dupdater.exe" -minimized"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Trolltech\OrganizationDefaults\Qt Factory Cache 4.8\com.trolltech.Qt.QImageIOHandlerFactoryInterface:\C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\imageformats]
       "qico4.dll"="REG_MULTI_SZ, "2013-12-25T18:14:32 ico "
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Trolltech\OrganizationDefaults\Qt Plugin Cache 4.8.false\C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\imageformats]
       "qico4.dll"="REG_MULTI_SZ, "40805 0 Windows msvc release full-config 2013-12-25T18:14:32 "

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/2/19
Scan Time: 9:21 AM
Log File: 411cc806-cd52-11e9-a636-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.8.3.2965
Components Version: 1.0.613
Update Package Version: 1.0.12285
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: 236363
Threats Detected: 35
Threats Quarantined: 35
Time Elapsed: 6 min, 52 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.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\dupdater.exe, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285

Module: 8
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\imageformats\qico4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\dupdater.exe, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\htmlayout.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\libcurl.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtCore4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtGui4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtNetwork4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtXml4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285

Registry Key: 1
PUP.Optional.Carambis, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Driver Updater, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.Carambis, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|Driver Updater, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 5
PUP.Optional.oTweakDriverUpdater, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\DRIVER UPDATER, Quarantined, [4485], [398928],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\imageformats, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\Win32, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\x64, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\CARAMBIS\DRIVER UPDATER, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285

File: 18
PUP.Optional.oTweakDriverUpdater, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVER UPDATER.LNK, Quarantined, [4485], [398928],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.oTweakDriverUpdater, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Driver Updater\Uninstall.lnk, Quarantined, [4485], [398928],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\DRIVER UPDATER.LNK, Quarantined, [2077], [351666],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\PROGRAMDATA\mtbjfghn.xbe, Quarantined, [2077], [726629],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\imageformats\qico4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\Win32\Installer.exe, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\x64\Installer.exe, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\dupdater.exe, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\htmlayout.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\libcurl.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtCore4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtGui4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtNetwork4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\QtXml4.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\sqlite3.dll, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\Program Files (x86)\Carambis\Driver Updater\uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [2077], [351295],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\USERS\{username}\DOWNLOADS\INSTALLERDU-2.4.4.4634.EXE, Quarantined, [2077], [726630],1.0.12285
PUP.Optional.Carambis, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMPCARAMBIS_DRIVER_UPDATER_06FE080F5CF56822B855EE9EBABEA11815409468.EXE, Quarantined, [2077], [726630],1.0.12285

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)

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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