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What is Auslogics Driver Updater?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Auslogics Driver Updater is a "driver updater". These so-called "system optimizers" often 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.

How do I know if I am infected with Auslogics 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 this entry in your list of installed programs:

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and this task in your list of Scheduled Tasks:

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How did Auslogics 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 Auslogics 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 Auslogics Driver Updater?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes Auslogics Driver Updater completely.
  • This PUP creates a scheduled task. You can read here how to check for and, if necessary, remove Scheduled Tasks.

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 Auslogics 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:

 

(Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd -> Auslogics) C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\DriverUpdater.exe
Task: {F7D9EDE3-BE63-463C-B77F-21095C013679} - System32\Tasks\Auslogics\Driver Updater\Start Driver Updater оn {username} logon => C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\DriverUpdater.exe [4768888 2019-08-23] (Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd -> Auslogics)
C:\ProgramData\BSD
C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Auslogics Driver Updater.lnk
C:\Windows\system32\Tasks\Auslogics
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Auslogics
C:\ProgramData\Auslogics
C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics

Auslogics Driver Updater (HKLM-x32\...\{23BB1B18-3537-48F7-BEF7-42BC65DBF993}_is1) (Version: 1.21.3.0 - Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd)

Alterations made by the installer:
 

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
---------------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater
       Adds the file ATPopupsHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 358016 bytes, A
       Adds the file ATUpdatersHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 751744 bytes, A
       Adds the file AxComponentsRTL.bpl"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 1859704 bytes, A
       Adds the file AxComponentsVCL.bpl"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 6610048 bytes, A
       Adds the file CFAHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 91776 bytes, A
       Adds the file CommonForms.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 351360 bytes, A
       Adds the file CommonForms.Routine.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 853120 bytes, A
       Adds the file CommonForms.Site.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 301176 bytes, A
       Adds the file DebugHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 1181312 bytes, A
       Adds the file Downloader.exe"="8/23/2019 8:27 AM, 38016 bytes, A
       Adds the file DPInst64.exe"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 686208 bytes, A
       Adds the file DriverHiveEngine.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 1800832 bytes, A
       Adds the file DriverUpdater.exe"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 4768888 bytes, A
       Adds the file DriverUpdater.url"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 78 bytes, A
       Adds the file DriverUpdaterHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 649344 bytes, A
       Adds the file EULA.rtf"="8/22/2019 3:18 PM, 25139 bytes, A
       Adds the file GoogleAnalyticsHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 119424 bytes, A
       Adds the file Localizer.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 195192 bytes, A
       Adds the file RescueCenterForm.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 269432 bytes, A
       Adds the file RescueCenterHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 582776 bytes, A
       Adds the file rtl250.bpl"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 10595968 bytes, A
       Adds the file SendDebugLog.exe"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 639608 bytes, A
       Adds the file ServiceManagerHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 266360 bytes, A
       Adds the file sqlite3.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 856048 bytes, A
       Adds the file SystemInformationHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 873600 bytes, A
       Adds the file TaskSchedulerHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 555136 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.dat"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 72051 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.exe"="10/1/2019 9:00 AM, 1220736 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.msg"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 20969 bytes, A
       Adds the file vcl250.bpl"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 4051584 bytes, A
       Adds the file vclie250.bpl"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 1090176 bytes, A
       Adds the file vclimg250.bpl"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 365696 bytes, A
       Adds the file WizardHelper.dll"="8/23/2019 8:28 AM, 1642624 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\Data
       Adds the file main.ini"="8/22/2019 3:18 PM, 793 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\Lang
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Auslogics\Driver Updater\1.x
       Adds the file DriverHiveEngine_0.log"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Auslogics\Driver Updater\1.x\Downloads
       Adds the file statistics.dat"="10/1/2019 9:02 AM, 364 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Auslogics\Driver Updater\1.x\Logs
       Adds the file CheckSerialNumber.log"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 0 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\BSD\DriverHive
       Adds the file history2.dat"="10/1/2019 9:02 AM, 63 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\BSD\DriverHiveEngine
       Adds the file scandet2.dat"="10/1/2019 9:02 AM, 52199 bytes, A
       Adds the file scansummary2.dat"="10/1/2019 9:02 AM, 252 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Auslogics\Driver Updater
       Adds the file Auslogics Driver Updater on the Web.url"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 129 bytes, A
       Adds the file Auslogics Driver Updater.lnk"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 1236 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall Driver Updater.lnk"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 1211 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\Desktop
       Adds the file Auslogics Driver Updater.lnk"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 1212 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows
       Alters the file win.ini
        7/14/2009 7:09 AM, 403 bytes, A ==> 10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 466 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Auslogics\Driver Updater
       Adds the file Start Driver Updater оn {username} logon"="10/1/2019 9:01 AM, 3838 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Wow6432Node\CLSID\{D067D143-DFAB-C1C0-EDD9-899DF401324E}\Version]
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Auslogics]
       "ClientID"="REG_SZ", "{21A82FDE-582C-45AA-8B07-6128D082C1C1}"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Auslogics\ATUpdaters\1.x\Settings]
       "Shared.Blocking.Driver Updater"="REG_DWORD", 0
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Auslogics\Driver Updater\1.x\Settings]
       "App.Application.PurchaseUrlParam"="REG_SZ", ""
       "App.AutoUpdate.Enabled"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Application.IsFirstRun"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "Application.ModulePath"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\"
       "Application.SendInfo"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "Application.SupportPhone"="REG_SZ", "SUPPORT_PHONE_USA_CANADA"
       "Application.UpdateDate"="REG_BINARY, ....
       "FirstInitDate"="REG_BINARY, ....
       "General.Cookie"="REG_SZ", ""
       "General.CountRun.DriverUpdater.exe"="REG_QWORD, ....
       "General.DefWebBrowser"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe"
       "General.DoNotAddUtmToUrls"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "General.InstallDateTime"="REG_BINARY, ....
       "General.Language"="REG_SZ", "ENU"
       "General.LastRun.DriverUpdater.exe"="REG_BINARY, ....
       "General.URLClientId"="REG_SZ", "1917153589.1569912884"
       "General.URLCustomPart"="REG_SZ", "_sid=gm2hdAZfXr"
       "General.URLSID"="REG_SZ", "gm2hdAZfXr"
       "General.URLSource"="REG_SZ", "driver-updater"
       "GoogleAnalytics.CustomCategory"="REG_SZ", "1.21.3.0-null-enu-null-lite"
       "Popups.LibraryInitDate"="REG_BINARY, ....
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\BSD\DriverHiveEngine]
       "DriverIgnoreList"="REG_SZ", ""
       "DriverUploadList"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{23BB1B18-3537-48F7-BEF7-42BC65DBF993}_is1]
       "Contact"="REG_SZ", "info@auslogics.com"
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\DriverUpdater.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Auslogics Driver Updater"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.21.3.0"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 44502
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", "http://www.auslogics.com/en/support/"
       "Inno Setup: App Path"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater"
       "Inno Setup: Icon Group"="REG_SZ", "Auslogics\Driver Updater"
       "Inno Setup: Language"="REG_SZ", "en"
       "Inno Setup: Setup Version"="REG_SZ", "5.5.9 (u)"
       "Inno Setup: User"="REG_SZ", "{username}"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20191001"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\"
       "MajorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "MinorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 21
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd"
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Auslogics\Driver Updater\unins000.exe" /compability"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", "http://www.auslogics.com/en/contact"
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", "http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/driver-updater/"
       "VersionMajor"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "VersionMinor"="REG_DWORD", 21
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\BSD\PCZ]

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 10/1/19
Scan Time: 9:13 AM
Log File: 06416a68-e41b-11e9-8efa-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 3.8.3.2965
Components Version: 1.0.613
Update Package Version: 1.0.12719
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: 235160
Threats Detected: 38
Threats Quarantined: 38
Time Elapsed: 10 min, 4 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.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATER.EXE, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719

Module: 15
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\LOCALIZER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\ATUPDATERSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\GOOGLEANALYTICSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\SYSTEMINFORMATIONHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DEBUGHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\ATPOPUPSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.SITE.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\TASKSCHEDULERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERHIVEENGINE.DLL, Quarantined, [2963], [542209],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.ROUTINE.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATER.EXE, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\CFAHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\RESCUECENTERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719

Registry Key: 3
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\Auslogics\Driver Updater\Start Driver Updater оn {username} logon, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{F7D9EDE3-BE63-463C-B77F-21095C013679}, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{F7D9EDE3-BE63-463C-B77F-21095C013679}, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719

File: 18
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Auslogics\Driver Updater\Start Driver Updater оn {username} logon, Quarantined, [3607], [341781],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\LOCALIZER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\ATUPDATERSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\GOOGLEANALYTICSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\SYSTEMINFORMATIONHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DEBUGHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\ATPOPUPSHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.SITE.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\TASKSCHEDULERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.DriverHive, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERHIVEENGINE.DLL, Quarantined, [2963], [542209],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\COMMONFORMS.ROUTINE.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\USERS\{username}\Desktop\Auslogics Driver Updater.lnk, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\DRIVERUPDATER.EXE, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\CFAHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\AUSLOGICS\DRIVER UPDATER\RESCUECENTERHELPER.DLL, Quarantined, [3607], [341786],1.0.12719
PUP.Optional.AuslogicsDriverUpdater, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\DRIVER-UPDATER-SETUP.EXE, Quarantined, [3607], [341785],1.0.12719

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)

WMI: 0
(No malicious items detected)


(end)

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