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What is PC Power Plus?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that PC Power Plus 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.
More information can be found on our Malwarebytes Labs blog.

How do I know if I am infected with PC Power Plus?

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 type of screens during "operations":

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

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and these tasks in your list of Scheduled Tasks:

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How did PC Power Plus 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 PC Power Plus?

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

  • Please download Malwarebytes for Windows to your desktop.
  • Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  • Click on the Get started button.
  • Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  • When the scan is finished click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  • Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of PC Power Plus?

  • No, Malwarebytes removes PC Power Plus completely.
  • This PUP creates some scheduled tasks. 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 PC Power Plus 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:

 

(Econosoft Global Services PTE. LTD. -> Econosoft Global Services Pte. Ltd.) C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\pcpowerplus.exe
(Econosoft Global Services Pte. Ltd.) [File not signed] C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\pcpowerplus_protection.exe
Task: {78DC7C88-6364-4E0A-8B02-EFD9EBE92698} - System32\Tasks\PC Power Plus => C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\pcpowerplus.exe [7954736 2019-09-04] (Econosoft Global Services PTE. LTD. -> Econosoft Global Services Pte. Ltd.)
Task: {90E0DE76-2482-4611-9C0C-628B96CEB92F} - System32\Tasks\PC Power Plus Startup => C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\pcpowerplus_protection.exe [333312 2019-09-04] (Econosoft Global Services Pte. Ltd.) [File not signed]
C:\Windows\system32\Tasks\PC Power Plus
C:\Windows\system32\Tasks\PC Power Plus Startup
C:\Users\Public\Desktop\PC Power Plus.lnk
C:\ProgramData\Desktop\PC Power Plus.lnk
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\PC Power Plus
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Power Plus
C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus

PC Power Plus (HKLM-x32\...\{8D7026DD-DFA4-49AB-B943-F72565C02ACC}}_is1) (Version: 1.0 - Econosoft Global Services Pte. Ltd.)

Alterations made by the installer:
 

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
---------------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus
       Adds the file Core.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 237568 bytes, A
       Adds the file DiscUtils.Common.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 23040 bytes, A
       Adds the file DiscUtils.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 915456 bytes, A
       Adds the file DiscUtils.MSBuild.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 8192 bytes, A
       Adds the file DynamicDataDisplay.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 316416 bytes, A
       Adds the file errordetailsOpt.xml"="11/11/2019 9:14 AM, 1278464 bytes, A
       Adds the file errorlog.txt"="7/12/2019 1:46 AM, 189 bytes, A
       Adds the file Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 49152 bytes, A
       Adds the file Interop.NATUPNPLib.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 7680 bytes, A
       Adds the file Interop.NETCONLib.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 10240 bytes, A
       Adds the file Interop.NetFwTypeLib.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 19456 bytes, A
       Adds the file ISID.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 1605120 bytes, A
       Adds the file logo.ico"="8/20/2019 10:37 PM, 21662 bytes, A
       Adds the file Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 171008 bytes, A
       Adds the file OptErr.xml"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 10 bytes, A
       Adds the file pcpowerplus.exe"="9/4/2019 8:00 AM, 7954736 bytes, A
       Adds the file pcpowerplus_protection.exe"="9/4/2019 7:59 AM, 333312 bytes, A
       Adds the file SharpCompress.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 418304 bytes, A
       Adds the file System.Data.SQLite.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 280576 bytes, A
       Adds the file System.Windows.Controls.Layout.Toolkit.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 95064 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.dat"="11/11/2019 9:06 AM, 51495 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.exe"="11/11/2019 9:06 AM, 2556720 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.msg"="11/11/2019 9:06 AM, 23053 bytes, A
       Adds the file WpfAnimatedGif.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 28160 bytes, A
       Adds the file WPFToolkit.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 467288 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\Backup
       Adds the file 2019_07_22_052127.xml"="7/22/2019 6:21 AM, 65 bytes, A
       Adds the file 2019_07_22_052142.xml"="7/22/2019 6:21 AM, 65 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\de
       Adds the file pcpowerplus.resources.dll"="9/4/2019 7:59 AM, 74752 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\en
       Adds the file pcpowerplus.resources.dll"="9/4/2019 7:59 AM, 68096 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\ja-jp
       Adds the file pcpowerplus.resources.dll"="9/4/2019 7:59 AM, 84480 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\slider
       Adds the file Slider-1.jpg"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 77585 bytes, A
       Adds the file Slider-2.jpg"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 79413 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\x64
       Adds the file SQLite.Interop.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 1205248 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\x86
       Adds the file SQLite.Interop.dll"="4/19/2018 1:01 AM, 903168 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Power Plus
       Adds the file PC Power Plus.lnk"="11/11/2019 9:06 AM, 1161 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\PC Power Plus\PC Repair Online\setting
       Adds the file pbp_sett.ash"="11/11/2019 9:14 AM, 629760 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\Public\Desktop
       Adds the file PC Power Plus.lnk"="11/11/2019 9:06 AM, 1143 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\System32\Tasks
       Adds the file PC Power Plus"="11/11/2019 9:07 AM, 3236 bytes, A
       Adds the file PC Power Plus Startup"="11/11/2019 9:06 AM, 3258 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
------------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\FT\PPP\Activation]
       "Insdate"="REG_SZ", "3KWZZbJPi/EZhwSfDTfO82FFhzaWlRljLbU8mOVLMr4="
       "language"="REG_SZ", "en"
       "languageindex"="REG_SZ", "0"
       "lap"="REG_SZ", "1IjHfkbSeJTetKGLwHOauaIv2VoS3XD13MC4S6/GLXc="
       "lbp"="REG_SZ", "1IjHfkbSeJTetKGLwHOauaIv2VoS3XD13MC4S6/GLXc="
       "lr"="REG_SZ", "1IjHfkbSeJTetKGLwHOauaIv2VoS3XD13MC4S6/GLXc="
       "lsp"="REG_SZ", "1IjHfkbSeJTetKGLwHOauaIv2VoS3XD13MC4S6/GLXc="
       "Program"="REG_SZ", "PC Power Plus"
       "Version"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\FT\PPP\Activation]
       "IsTrack"="REG_SZ", "1"
       "language"="REG_SZ", "en"
       "languageindex"="REG_SZ", "0"
       "Program"="REG_SZ", "PC Power Plus"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{8D7026DD-DFA4-49AB-B943-F72565C02ACC}}_is1]
       "Comments"="REG_SZ", "PC Power Plus"
       "Contact"="REG_SZ", "+33800919479"
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\logo.ico"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "PC Power Plus"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.0"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 20217
       "Inno Setup: App Path"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus"
       "Inno Setup: Icon Group"="REG_SZ", "PC Power Plus"
       "Inno Setup: Language"="REG_SZ", "en"
       "Inno Setup: Setup Version"="REG_SZ", "6.0.2 (u)"
       "Inno Setup: User"="REG_SZ", "{username}"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20191111"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\"
       "MajorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "MinorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "Econosoft Global Services Pte. Ltd."
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Power Plus\unins000.exe""
       "VersionMajor"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "VersionMinor"="REG_DWORD", 0

Malwarebytes log:
 

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 11/11/19
Scan Time: 9:22 AM
Log File: 678709ca-045c-11ea-87c1-00ffdcc6fdfc.json

-Software Information-
Version: 4.0.4.49
Components Version: 1.0.718
Update Package Version: 1.0.14786
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: 233952
Threats Detected: 25
Threats Quarantined: 25
Time Elapsed: 4 min, 12 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 2
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\PC POWER PLUS\PCPOWERPLUS.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\PC POWER PLUS\PCPOWERPLUS_PROTECTION.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 

Module: 2
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\PC POWER PLUS\PCPOWERPLUS.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\PC POWER PLUS\PCPOWERPLUS_PROTECTION.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 

Registry Key: 9
PUP.Optional.PCBoosterPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\FT\PPP, Quarantined, 1410, 711536, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBoosterPro, HKLM\SOFTWARE\FT\PPP, Quarantined, 1410, 711536, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{8D7026DD-DFA4-49AB-B943-F72565C02ACC}}_is1, Quarantined, 593, 711523, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Power Plus, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{78DC7C88-6364-4E0A-8B02-EFD9EBE92698}, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{78DC7C88-6364-4E0A-8B02-EFD9EBE92698}, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TREE\PC Power Plus Startup, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\TASKS\{90E0DE76-2482-4611-9C0C-628B96CEB92F}, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CURRENTVERSION\SCHEDULE\TASKCACHE\LOGON\{90E0DE76-2482-4611-9C0C-628B96CEB92F}, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 

Registry Value: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 0
(No malicious items detected)

File: 12
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS DEFENDER\LOCALCOPY\{204552CF-62FF-4D4F-8DE4-DAD46E5D5807}-PCPOWERPLUS.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 711523, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\PC POWER PLUS\UNINS000.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 711523, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Power Plus, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\PUBLIC\Desktop\PC Power Plus.lnk, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\USERS\PUBLIC\Desktop\PC Power Plus.lnk, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\PC POWER PLUS\PCPOWERPLUS.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 749298, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\PC Power Plus Startup, Quarantined, 593, 749298, , , , 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\PC POWER PLUS\PCPOWERPLUS_PROTECTION.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 749298, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS DEFENDER\LOCALCOPY\{DE21909F-098A-45F2-AE02-0E7C2C62B0FA}-PCPOWERPLUS (1).EXE, Quarantined, 593, 711523, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\PROGRAMDATA\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS DEFENDER\LOCALCOPY\{AC22A9F7-486C-4F54-AE34-B3AB05587231}-PCPOWERPLUS.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 711523, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\TEMP\IS-RLHLI.TMP\PCPOWERPLUS.TMP, Quarantined, 593, 711523, 1.0.14786, , ame, 
PUP.Optional.PCBooster, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\PCPOWERPLUS.EXE, Quarantined, 593, 711523, 1.0.14786, , ame, 

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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