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PUA.Internetoptimizer

PUA.Internetoptimizer

Updated:
May 18, 2016
Infection Length:
Varies
Name:
Internet Optimizer
Version:
1.0.4.0
Publisher:
TweakBit (Auslogics)
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.Internetoptimizer is a potentially unwanted application that displays misleading information about the computer's performance. It then asks the user to pay to fix the issues.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version May 17, 2016
  • Latest Rapid Release version August 28, 2017 revision 008
  • Initial Daily Certified version May 17, 2016
  • Latest Daily Certified version August 28, 2017 revision 022
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date May 18, 2016
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
When the program is executed, it creates the following files:
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\ATComponents.bpl
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\ATPopupsHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\ATUpdatersHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\AxBrowsers.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\AxComponentsRTL.bpl
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\AxComponentsVCL.bpl
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\CommonForms.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\CommonForms.Routine.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\CommonForms.Site.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\Data\main.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\DebugHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\Downloader.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\EULA.rtf
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\GASender.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\GoogleAnalyticsHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\InternetOptimizer.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\InternetOptimizerHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\Lang\enu.lng
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\Lang\installer_enu.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\Localizer.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\ProductHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\RegistryCleanerHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\RescueCenterForm.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\RescueCenterHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\rtl160.bpl
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\SendDebugLog.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\ServiceManagerHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\SettingsHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\sqlite3.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\SystemInformationHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\TaskSchedulerHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\TweakManagerHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\unins000.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\unins000.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\unins000.msg
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\vcl160.bpl
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\vclie160.bpl
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\vclimg160.bpl
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\VolumesHelper.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\WizardHelper.dll

The program then creates the following folders:
  • %Windir%\Tasks\TweakBit Internet Optimizer Start Internet Optimizer
  • %Windir%\Tasks\TweakBit Internet Optimizer Time for deal
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\Data
  • %ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\Lang

Next, the program creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{885CC1E2-2B31-D3D2-6B41-A668CC79CBB1}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{885CC1E2-2B31-D3D2-6B41-A668CC79CBB1}\Version
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATPopups
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATPopups\1.x
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATPopups\1.x\Settings
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATUpdaters
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATUpdaters\1.x
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATUpdaters\1.x\Settings
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Google Analytics Package
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Google Analytics Package\1.x
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Google Analytics Package\1.x\Settings
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings

The program then creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"Inno Setup: App Path" = "%ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"InstallLocation" = ""%ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"Inno Setup: Icon Group" = "TweakBit\Internet Optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"Inno Setup: User" = "admin"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"Inno Setup: Language" = "en"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"DisplayName" = "TweakBit Internet Optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"DisplayIcon" = "%ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\InternetOptimizer.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"UninstallString" = ""%ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\unins000.exe" /compability"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"QuietUninstallString" = ""%ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"DisplayVersion" = "1.0.4.0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"Publisher" = "Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"URLInfoAbout" = "http://www.tweakbit.com/support/contact"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"HelpLink" = "http://www.tweakbit.com/en/support.php"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"URLUpdateInfo" = "http://www.tweakbit.com/internet-optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"Contact" = "info@tweakbit.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"NoModify" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"NoRepair" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"InstallDate" = "20160518"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"MajorVersion" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{BF32D91B-C96C-4DEC-9ADE-7E37FCB40145}_is1\"MinorVersion" = "0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATPopups\1.x\Settings\"FirstInitDate" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATUpdaters\1.x\Settings\"Shared.Blocking.Internet Optimizer" = "0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\ATUpdaters\1.x\Settings\"Shared.Scanner.Leader" = "Internet Optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Google Analytics Package\1.x\Settings\"ClientID" = "{9DD47C65-B4D8-47A0-B89C-5EC74AC9B260}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"General.Language" = "ENU"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"General.PartnerId" = "tweakbit"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"General.TrafficId" = "direct"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"App.Application.PurchaseUrlParam" = ""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"General.DoNotAddUtmToUrls" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"General.InstallDateTime" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"App.Application.SendInfo" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"App.Application.AutostartEnable" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"App.Application.UpdateDate" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"App.AutoScan.Enabled" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"App.AutoScan.TimeStamp" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"App.Application.ACCheck" =
  • "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"General.Cookie" = "yearly"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"GoogleAnalytics.InstallDate" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"General.LastRun.InternetOptimizer.exe" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"App.Application.FileName" = "%ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\InternetOptimizer.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"Popups.LibraryInitDate" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"Popups.VersionCheck.LastDate" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"Popups.VersionCheck.LastResult" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"Popups.VersionCheck.NewVersion" = "1000400"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\1.x\Settings\"Popups.VersionCheck.LastRegDate" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\"%ProgramFiles%\TweakBit\Internet Optimizer\InternetOptimizer.exe" = "Internet Optimizer"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Direct3D\MostRecentApplication\"Name" = "InternetOptimizer.exe"

The program displays a list of software and system issues, and shows misleading information about how the issues affect the computer's performance.



If the user chooses to fix the purported issues, the program then opens a web page on the computer which asks the user to pay to get the full version.

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.