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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is PatchUp_Plus?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that PatchUp_Plus is a fake anti-malware application. These so-called "rogues" use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have been compromised. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these threats. In extreme cases the false threats are actually the very trojans that advertise or even directly install the rogue. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below.

How do I know if I am infected with PatchUp_Plus?

This is how the main screen of the rogue application looks:

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You will find these icons on your desktop and in your taskbar:

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And see these warnings:

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How did PatchUp_Plus get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site. This rogue also installed FastScan.

How do I remove PatchUp_Plus?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue 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 rogue application should now be gone.

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

  • The shortcut called PatchUp_Plus ���� on the desktop can be deleted if it belonged to the rogue.

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 PatchUp_Plus rogue. It would have warned you before the rogue 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\PatchUp_Plus\PatchUpPlus.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PatchUp_Plus] C:\Program Files\PatchUp_Plus\UpdatePlus.exe -r
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [PatchUp_Plus] C:\Program Files\PatchUp_Plus\PatchUpInit.exe -s

Alterations made by the installer:
  File System
  ===============
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
      Adds the file PatchUp_Plus ����.lnk"="08:57 30/10/11 738 bytes
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
      Adds the file PatchUp_Plus ����.lnk"="08:57 30/10/11 720 bytes
    Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp\nsa4.tmp
      Adds the file stack.dll"="08:59 30/10/11 10240 bytes
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu
      Adds the file PatchUp_Plus ����.lnk"="08:57 30/10/11 1598 bytes
    Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\PatchUp_Plus
      Adds the file PatchUp_Plus ����.lnk"="08:57 30/10/11 1603 bytes
      Adds the file PatchUp_Plus ����.lnk"="08:57 30/10/11 1610 bytes
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PatchUp_Plus
      Adds the file updatePlus.exe"="03:25 08/03/10 487632 bytes
      Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="08:57 30/10/11 206233 bytes
      Adds the file SPP.DAT"="09:20 20/12/10 3129079 bytes
      Adds the file PMS_Driver.dll"="06:34 01/10/08 253952 bytes
      Adds the file PMS.ORD"="09:31 20/12/10 13126 bytes
      Adds the file PMS.dll"="07:26 08/10/08 425984 bytes
      Adds the file PEngine.dll"="07:29 22/12/09 49152 bytes
      Adds the file PatchUpPlus.exe"="06:04 13/01/10 4661456 bytes
      Adds the file PatchUpInit.exe"="11:55 22/12/09 17104 bytes
      Adds the file PatchUp.ini"="08:59 30/10/11 168 bytes
      Adds the file partner.ini"="08:57 30/10/11 23 bytes
      Adds the file msvcr80.dll"="17:55 11/07/09 632656 bytes
      Adds the file msvcp80.dll"="17:55 11/07/09 554832 bytes
      Adds the file msvcm80.dll"="17:55 11/07/09 479232 bytes
      Adds the file Microsoft.VC80.MFC.manifest"="12:46 11/07/09 2372 bytes
      Adds the file Microsoft.VC80.CRT.manifest"="11:10 11/07/09 1870 bytes
      Adds the file mfc80.dll"="12:46 11/07/09 1105920 bytes
      Adds the file Inspector.dll"="07:25 08/10/08 483328 bytes
      Adds the file fastscan_patchup10.exe"="08:59 30/10/11 4427968 bytes
      Adds the file DownLoad.dll"="07:26 08/10/08 69632 bytes
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PatchUp_Plus\DRUPDATE

  Registry
  ===============
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PatchUp_Plus]
      "Services"="'1'"
      "Servics_date"="'20081122'"
      "holddata"="'20111107'"
      "holddate"="'1'"
      "reset"="'20111030'"
      "upver"="'20100308'"
      "ver"="'20100308'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PatchUp_Plus\Patchup]
      "vcode"="'0002'"
      "PathInst"="'C:\Program Files\PatchUp_Plus'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PatchUp_Plus\Patchup\codeLic]
      "pid"="'home'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{02339AA0-3FE1-4BED-B0F1-F19619FE1118}]
      "Compatibility Flags"="1024"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{AC9E23F7-CF3F-4021-9CED-CF9D99BC5988}]
      "Compatibility Flags"="1024"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{DAD5A85E-CA93-4D0A-B63D-D478F983A5CB}]
      "Compatibility Flags"="1024"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{FE77E671-4A3C-4EE6-8E97-54D320FA0F39}]
      "Compatibility Flags"="1024"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
      "PatchUp_Plus"="'C:\Program Files\PatchUp_Plus\UpdatePlus.exe -r'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
      "PatchUp_Plus"="'C:\Program Files\PatchUp_Plus\PatchUpInit.exe -s'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PatchUp_Plus]
      "UninstallString"="'C:\Program Files\PatchUp_Plus\Uninstall.exe'"
      "DisplayName"="'PatchUp_Plus'"



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

Database version: 8046

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

10/30/2011 9:09:03 AM
mbam-log-2011-10-30 (09-09-03).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 143015
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 6 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 2
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 2
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 3
Files Infected: 20

Memory Processes Infected:
c:\program files\patchup_plus\patchupplus.exe (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> 196 -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
c:\program files\patchup_plus\pms_driver.dll (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Delete on reboot.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\mfc80.dll (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PatchUp_Plus (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PatchUp_Plus (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\PatchUp_Plus (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Value: PatchUp_Plus -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\PatchUp_Plus (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Value: PatchUp_Plus -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
c:\program files\patchup_plus (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\DRUPDATE (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\patchup_plus (Trojan.FraudTool) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
c:\program files\patchup_plus\patchupplus.exe (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\pms_driver.dll (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\updateplus.exe (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\patchupinit.exe (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\Desktop\patchup2008.exe (Fraudtool.PatchUp) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\local settings\temporary internet files\Content.IE5\O92WEW06\fastscan_patchup10[1].exe (Rogue.FastScan.K) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\DownLoad.dll (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\fastscan_patchup10.exe (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\inspector.dll (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\mfc80.dll (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\microsoft.vc80.mfc.manifest (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\partner.ini (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\PatchUp.ini (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\PEngine.dll (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\PMS.dll (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\PMS.ORD (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\SPP.DAT (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\patchup_plus\uninstall.exe (Fraudtool.PatchUpPlus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\patchup_plus\patchup_plus ����.lnk (Trojan.FraudTool) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\patchup_plus\patchup_plus ᦰ�.lnk (Trojan.FraudTool) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.


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