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PUA.PCFixSpeed

PUA.PCFixSpeed

Updated:
June 23, 2015
Name:
PC Fix Speed
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.PCFixSpeed is a potentially unwanted application that displays misleading information about issues it claims are slowing down the computer. It may then ask the user to pay to fix the issues.

Note: Virus definitions dated June 23, 2015 or earlier detect this threat as PCFixSpeed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version November 02, 2017 revision 053
  • Initial Daily Certified version September 24, 2014 revision 019
  • Latest Daily Certified version November 04, 2017 revision 020
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date October 01, 2014
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
The application can be manually installed or it may come bundled with third-party installers.

When the application is executed, it will perform the following system scans:
  • Registry scan
  • System speed up
  • File clean up



The application displays a pop-up window asking if the user would like to fix these issues.

Note: If the user chooses to fix the issues, it will send them to the following location and ask if they want to subscribe to the full version:
  • [https://]www.pcfixspeed.com/purchas[REMOVED]

The application creates the following files:
  • %ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\PCFixSpeed.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\PCFixTray.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\unins000.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\unins000.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\unins000.msg
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PC Fix Speed\PC Fix Speed.lnk
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PC Fix Speed\PCFixSpeed.com.url
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PC Fix Speed\Uninstall PC Fix Speed.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\PCFixSpeed\Translate\lng.ini
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Desktop\Optimize Your PC.lnk
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCFixSpeed\faq.htm
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCFixSpeed\News\PCFS_NEWS_promote_app_MLM_horizontal.png
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCFixSpeed\News\PCFS_NEWS_promote_app_SO_horizontal.png
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCFixSpeed\News\PCFS_news_tech_offer.png
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCFixSpeed\News\PCFS_NEWS_trialpay_tray_ads.png
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCFixSpeed\News\PCFS_NEWS_uninstall_discount_offer.png

The application creates the following entry so it runs every time Windows starts:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Window\CurrentVersion\Run\PCFixSpeed: ""%ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\PCFixTray.exe" /startup"

The application creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\Inno Setup: Setup Version: "5.3.8 (a)"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\Inno Setup: App Path: "%ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\InstallLocation: "%ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\Inno Setup: Icon Group: "PC Fix Speed"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\Inno Setup: User: "Windows"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\Inno Setup: Selected Tasks: "desktopicon"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\Inno Setup: Deselected Tasks: ""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\Inno Setup: Language: "en"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\DisplayName: "PC Fix Speed 1.2.0.42"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\DisplayIcon: "%ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\PCFixSpeed.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\UninstallString: ""%ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\unins000.exe""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\QuietUninstallString: ""%ProgramFiles%\PCFixSpeed\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\DisplayVersion: "1.2.0.42"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\Publisher: "Crawler, LLC"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\URLInfoAbout: "http://www.PCFixSpeed.com/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\HelpLink: "http://www.PCFixSpeed.com/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\URLUpdateInfo: "http://www.PCFixSpeed.com/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\NoModify: 0x00000001
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\NoRepair: 0x00000001
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\InstallDate: "20140716"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{F7B34B38-02A6-44D5-B8CC-06EB3B8ACFC9}_is1\MajorVersion: 0x00000001
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