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Updated: March 01, 2016 3:02:24 PM
Type: Potentially Unwanted App
Infection Length: Varies
Name: PC Speedup Pro
Publisher: PC Speedup Pro
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows


PUA.PCSpeedupPro 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 February 29, 2016
  • Latest Rapid Release version April 30, 2019 revision 005
  • Initial Daily Certified version February 29, 2016
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 30, 2019 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date March 02, 2016

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Technical Description

When the application is executed, it creates the following folders:

  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCSpeedupPro.com
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCValidator
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speedup Pro
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\WindowsOpener
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\WindowsOpener\x64
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\appmanager
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro

The application then creates the following files:
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\pcspstartrepair_en.mp3
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\PCValidator\PCValidatorService.exe
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\PCValidator\PCValidatorService.exe.config
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Desktop\PC Speedup Pro.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speedup Pro\Buy PC Speedup Pro.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speedup Pro\PC Speedup Pro.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speedup Pro\Uninstall PC Speedup Pro.lnk
  • %AppData%\WindowsOpener\System.Data.SQLite.DLL
  • %AppData%\WindowsOpener\wfo.exe
  • %AppData%\WindowsOpener\wfo.exe.config
  • %AppData%\appmanager\HtmlRenderer.WinForms.dll
  • %AppData%\appmanager\HtmlRenderer.dll
  • %AppData%\appmanager\appmanager.exe
  • %AppData%\appmanager\appmanager.exe.config
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\Dutch_iss.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\French_iss.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\HtmlRenderer.WinForms.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\HtmlRenderer.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\NAudio.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\PCSPContent.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\System.Data.SQLite.DLL
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\TAFactory.IconPack.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\TaskScheduler.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\danish_iss.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\english_iss.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\finish_iss.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro\german_iss.ini

Next, the application creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCValidatorService\PCValidatorService
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Eventlog\Application\PCValidator
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator\Security
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Eventlog\Application\PCValidator
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PCValidator
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PCValidator\Security
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\PCSpeedupPro.com
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\

The application then creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"PurchaseURL" = "http://www.pcspeeduppro.com/pcsp/price.asp?"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"RenewURL" = "http://www.pcspeeduppro.com/pcsp/renewal.asp?"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"WebURL" = "http://www.pcspeeduppro.com/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"EmailURL" = "support@PCSpeedupPro.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"supporturl" = "http://www.pcspeeduppro.com/help/"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"Installstring" = "%ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"LangCode" = "en"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"afterInstallUrl" = "http://www.pcspeeduppro.com/pcsp/afterinsta/?"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"reg" = "0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"expired" = "0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"x-ccode" = "in"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCValidatorService\PCValidatorService\"country" = ""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator\"Type" = "10"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator\"Start" = "2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator\"ErrorControl" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator\"ImagePath" = ""%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\PCValidator\PCValidatorService.exe""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator\"DisplayName" = "PC SP Validator"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator\"ObjectName" = "LocalSystem"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\PCValidator\"Description" = "PC Validator"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"Installstring" = "%ProgramFiles%\PC Speedup Pro"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\PCSpeedupPro.com\PC Speedup Pro\"LangCode" = "en"

The application scans the computer for software and security issues and displays misleading information about how the issues affect the computer's performance.

The application asks the user to pay in order to fix the listed issues.


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