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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is MicroPop?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that MicroPop is an adware application. These try to sell you almost anything. This one installs a service that displays an advertisement at set times. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below.

How do I know if I am infected with MicroPop?

You will see this type of advertisements:

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How did MicroPop get on my computer?

Adware programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was offered under false pretences.

How do I remove MicroPop?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this adware application.
  • Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:

    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Reboot your computer if prompted.
  • When completed, a log will open in Notepad. The adware application should now be gone.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of MicroPop?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes MicroPop completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application has helped you eradicate this malicious software. If your current security solution let this infection through, you might please consider purchasing the FULL version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware for additional protection.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware would have protected you against the MicroPop adware. It would have warned you before the adware could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:
C:\Program Files\Micropop\Micropop.exe
C:\Program Files\Micropop\MPopService.exe

O23 - Service: Micropop Service (MPopService) - UCF - C:\Program Files\Micropop\MPopService.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
  File System
  ===============
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Micropop
      Adds the file MPopService.exe"="10:30 24/09/11 75800 bytes
      Adds the file MicropopU.exe"="10:30 24/09/11 197144 bytes
      Adds the file Micropop.exe"="10:30 24/09/11 135704 bytes
      Adds the file down.jpg"="10:34 24/09/11 8182 bytes
    In the existing folder C:\WINDOWS\system32
      Adds the file uninst_Micropop.exe"="10:30 24/09/11 141344 bytes

  Registry
  ===============
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Micropop]
      "allpang"="'1'"
      "IsPopUp1"="'0'"
      "IsPopUp"="'1'"
      "code2"="'todayz'"
      "Today"="'20110924'"
      "(Default)"="'>����ũ���� �� ���α׷�-*'"
      "ver4"="'20110420'"
      "ver3"="'20110420'"
      "ver2"="'20110530'"
      "ver1"="'20110423'"
      "Micropop_nic"="'08:00:27:FE:25:2E'"
      "installmode"="'2'"
      "code1"="'Micropop'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]
      "Micropop_Micropop"="'1'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{FD441F9A-8E19-4B53-BD14-91C56E5136DD}]
      "Policy"="3"
      "AppPath"="'C:\Program Files\Micropop'"
      "AppName"="'Micropop.exe'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Application Compatibility]
      "miceasy"="'841710'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Micropop]
      "NoRepair"="1"
      "NoModify"="1"
      "DisplayIcon"="'C:\WINDOWS\system32\uninst_Micropop.exe'"
      "UninstallString"="'C:\WINDOWS\system32\uninst_Micropop.exe'"
      "URLInfoAbout"="'http://www.micropop.co.kr'"
      "HelpLink"="'http://www.micropop.co.kr'"
      "DisplayVersion"="'1.2'"
      "DisplayName"="'Micropop'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_MPOPSERVICE]
      "NextInstance"="1"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_MPOPSERVICE\0000]
      "DeviceDesc"="'Micropop Service'"
      "ClassGUID"="'{8ECC055D-047F-11D1-A537-0000F8753ED1}'"
      "Class"="'LegacyDriver'"
      "ConfigFlags"="0"
      "Legacy"="1"
      "Service"="'MPopService'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_MPOPSERVICE\0000\Control]
      "ActiveService"="'MPopService'"
      "*NewlyCreated*"="0"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_RASMAN\0000\Control]
      "ActiveService"="'RasMan'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_TAPISRV\0000\Control]
      "ActiveService"="'TapiSrv'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MPopService]
      "ObjectName"="'LocalSystem'"
      "DisplayName"="'Micropop Service'"
      "ImagePath"="C:\Program Files\Micropop\MPopService.exe."
      "ErrorControl"="1"
      "Start"="2"
      "Type"="16"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MPopService\Enum]
      "NextInstance"="1"
      "Count"="1"
      "0"="'Root\LEGACY_MPOPSERVICE\0000'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MPopService\Security]
      "Security"="................0.................................`........................................."


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.51.2.1300
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 7788

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

9/24/2011 10:41:23 AM
mbam-log-2011-09-24 (10-41-23).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 147735
Time elapsed: 49 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 3
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 8

Memory Processes Infected:
c:\program files\Micropop\Micropop.exe (Rogue.Micropop) -> 1920 -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MPopService (Rogue.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{FD441F9A-8E19-4B53-BD14-91C56E5136DD} (Adware.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Micropop (Rogue.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Micropop\URLInfoAbout (Rogue.MicroPop) -> Value: URLInfoAbout -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MPopService\ImagePath (Rogue.MicroPop) -> Value: ImagePath -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
c:\program files\Micropop\Micropop.exe (Rogue.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\Micropop\mpopservice.exe (Rogue.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\Desktop\micropop_setup.exe (Rogue.MicroPop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\WINDOWS\system32\uninst_micropop.exe (Rogue.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\local settings\temporary internet files\Content.IE5\ISXPLGEB\micropopu[1].exe (Adware.K.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\local settings\temporary internet files\Content.IE5\ISXPLGEB\mpopservice[1].exe (Rogue.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\local settings\temporary internet files\Content.IE5\Q5PIP6JW\uninst_micropop[1].exe (Rogue.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\local settings\temporary internet files\Content.IE5\Y3PH3C5T\micropop[1].exe (Rogue.Micropop) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.


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