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PUA.IdeakeeUninstall

PUA.IdeakeeUninstall

Updated:
October 05, 2015
Infection Length:
Varies
Name:
Max Uninstaller/Special Uninstaller
Version:
3.0
Publisher:
Ideakee Inc
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.IdeakeeUninstall is a potentially unwanted application that gives misleading information about its activities.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 05, 2015
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 14, 2016 revision 003
  • Initial Daily Certified version October 05, 2015
  • Latest Daily Certified version October 15, 2016 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date October 07, 2015
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
When the program is installed, it creates the following files:
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\ALMU.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\installedsoftware.txt
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\j_fixcs.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\License.txt
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\MU.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\MU_UCC.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\MU_Update.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\sqlite3.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\s_fixcs.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\unins000.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\unins000.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\unins000.msg
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\Uninstall.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\UnZip.dll
  • %SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\RAC\StateData\RacWmiDataBookmarks.dat
  • %SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\RAC\StateData\RacWmiEventData.dat
  • %SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Max Uninstaller\Max Uninstaller.lnk
  • %SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Max Uninstaller\Uninstall Max Uninstaller.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Max Uninstaller.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\RAC\StateData\RacWmiDataBookmarks.dat
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\RAC\StateData\RacWmiEventData.dat
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Max Uninstaller\Max Uninstaller.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Max Uninstaller\Uninstall Max Uninstaller.lnk
  • %SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop\Max Uninstaller.lnk
  • %Windìr%\Installer\{89F4137D-6C26-4A84-BDB8-2E5A4BB71E00}\ARPIcon.EXE
  • %Windìr%\Installer\{8AE43F11-E26F-41AE-97D0-51396857B25D}\VmwareIcon.EXE
  • %Windìr%\Installer\{AC76BA86-7AD7-1033-7B44-AB0000000001}\SC_Reader.ico.EXE

Next, the program creates the following folders:
  • %ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\
  • %SystemDrive%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Max Uninstaller\
  • %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Programs\
  • %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Programs\Common\
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Max Uninstaller\

The program then creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\Inno Setup\"Setup Version" = "5.5.5 (u)"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\Inno Setup\"App Path" = "%ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"InstallLocation" = "%ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\Inno Setup\"Icon Group" = "Max Uninstaller"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\Inno Setup\"User" = "[USER NAME]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\Inno Setup\"Selected Tasks" "desktopicon,quicklaunchicon"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\Inno Setup\"Deselected Tasks" = ""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\Inno Setup\"Language" = "default"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"DisplayName" = "Max Uninstaller version 3.0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"DisplayIcon" = "%ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\Uninstall.ico"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"UninstallString" = ""%ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\unins000.exe""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"QuietUninstallString" = ""%ProgramFiles%\Max Uninstaller\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"DisplayVersion" = "3.0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"Publisher" = "http://www.maxuninstaller.com/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"URLInfoAbout" = "http://www.maxuninstaller.com/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"HelpLink" = "http://www.maxuninstaller.com/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"URLUpdateInfo" = "http://www.maxuninstaller.com/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"NoModify" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"NoRepair" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"InstallDate" = "20150925"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"MajorVersion" = "3"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"MinorVersion" = "0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{C7022C9B-4DE0-4A57-B395-ED3BFDB78D73}\"EstimatedSize" = "5104"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MU_FROM\"Site" = "www.uninstallgeek.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MU_FROM\"Id" = "all"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MU_FROM\"LastUn" = "no"

Next, the program creates the following registry subkey:
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{CEBFF5CD-ACE2-4F4F-9178-9926F41749EA}\Count

The program is designed to uninstall programs from the computer. However, its notification and consent process doesn't work. The program also falsely claims that the computer has leftover files, folders, and registry entries, when these components were previously removed by the default uninstallers.

You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your computer has been affected by this risk.

Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.



FOR NORTON USERS
If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.


FOR BUSINESS USERS
If you are a Symantec business product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.


Identifying and submitting suspect files
Submitting suspicious files to Symantec allows us to ensure that our protection capabilities keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Submitted files are analyzed by Symantec Security Response and, where necessary, updated definitions are immediately distributed through LiveUpdate™ to all Symantec end points. This ensures that other computers nearby are protected from attack. The following resources may help in identifying suspicious files for submission to Symantec.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resource provides further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.
Protecting your business network



MANUAL REMOVAL
The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.


1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product


2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.