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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Speed-Booster?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Speed-Booster 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 Speed-Booster?

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

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You will find this icon in your taskbar:

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And see these warnings:

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How did Speed-Booster get on my computer?

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

How do I remove Speed-Booster?

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 Speed-Booster?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Speed-Booster 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 Speed-Booster 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:
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\speedbooster.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
File system details 
---------------------------------------------
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster
       Adds the file dbooster.ini"="9/24/2013 10:02 PM, 15 bytes, A
       Adds the file partner.ini"="9/24/2013 10:01 PM, 23 bytes, A
       Adds the file speedbooster.exe"="8/4/2013 8:52 PM, 126976 bytes, A
       Adds the file speedboosterex.exe"="7/30/2013 1:50 PM, 32768 bytes, A
       Adds the file speedsvc.exe"="7/24/2013 7:27 AM, 98408 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="9/24/2013 10:01 PM, 141286 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img
       Adds the file act_btn1.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:22 AM, 12536 bytes, A
       Adds the file act_btn2.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:22 AM, 12536 bytes, A
       Adds the file activeX_check_txt_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:37 AM, 29256 bytes, A
       Adds the file activeX_check_txt_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:34 AM, 29256 bytes, A
       Adds the file activeX_del_button_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:15 AM, 25808 bytes, A
       Adds the file activeX_del_button_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:16 AM, 25808 bytes, A
       Adds the file ActiveX_pop.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:15 AM, 158776 bytes, A
       Adds the file activeX_sub_bg.bmp"="6/10/2013 5:09 PM, 660056 bytes, A
       Adds the file activeX_title_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:26 AM, 21896 bytes, A
       Adds the file activeX_txt_01.bmp"="11/19/2012 1:28 AM, 26934 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_apply_button_01_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:09 AM, 31376 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_apply_button_01_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:10 AM, 31376 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_btn1.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:18 AM, 12536 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_btn2.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:17 AM, 12536 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_check_txt_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:30 AM, 29256 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_check_txt_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:21 AM, 29256 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_check_txt_03.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:26 AM, 29256 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_icon_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:17 AM, 2336 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_icon_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:18 AM, 2336 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_pop_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:15 AM, 158776 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_restore_button_01_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:12 AM, 31376 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_restore_button_01_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:12 AM, 31376 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_sub_bg.bmp"="6/10/2013 5:09 PM, 660056 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_title_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:26 AM, 21896 bytes, A
       Adds the file boot_txt_01.bmp"="11/19/2012 1:28 AM, 27606 bytes, A
       Adds the file btn_s.bmp"="10/31/2012 11:17 PM, 3446 bytes, A
       Adds the file btn_u.bmp"="10/31/2012 11:17 PM, 3446 bytes, A
       Adds the file c_act1.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:06 AM, 14056 bytes, A
       Adds the file c_act2.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:07 AM, 14056 bytes, A
       Adds the file c_boot1.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:02 AM, 14056 bytes, A
       Adds the file c_boot2.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:02 AM, 14056 bytes, A
       Adds the file c_pc1.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:05 AM, 14056 bytes, A
       Adds the file c_pc2.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:05 AM, 14056 bytes, A
       Adds the file gauge_activeX.bmp"="6/10/2013 5:00 PM, 29720 bytes, A
       Adds the file gauge_good.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:31 AM, 29720 bytes, A
       Adds the file gauge_risk.gif"="6/10/2013 2:38 AM, 7226 bytes, A
       Adds the file gauge_scan.gif"="6/10/2013 3:01 AM, 26085 bytes, A
       Adds the file main_bg.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:12 AM, 360056 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_apply_button_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:14 AM, 25808 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_apply_button_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:14 AM, 25808 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_btn1.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:20 AM, 12536 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_btn2.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:19 AM, 12536 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_check_txt_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:45 AM, 29256 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_check_txt_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:40 AM, 29256 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_check_txt_03.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:52 AM, 29256 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_pop.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:10 AM, 158776 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_pop_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:11 AM, 158776 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_sub_bg.bmp"="6/10/2013 5:08 PM, 660056 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_title_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:26 AM, 21896 bytes, A
       Adds the file pc_txt_01.bmp"="12/4/2012 10:09 PM, 26934 bytes, A
       Adds the file pop_button_01_01.bmp"="11/14/2012 8:54 PM, 4156 bytes, A
       Adds the file pop_button_02_01.bmp"="11/14/2012 8:55 PM, 4156 bytes, A
       Adds the file pop_button_03_01.bmp"="11/14/2012 8:57 PM, 4156 bytes, A
       Adds the file Prohgress_01.bmp"="11/1/2012 1:48 AM, 16716 bytes, A
       Adds the file Prohgress_02.bmp"="11/1/2012 2:42 AM, 4424 bytes, A
       Adds the file Prohgress_03.bmp"="11/26/2012 9:40 PM, 13858 bytes, A
       Adds the file Prohgress_04.bmp"="11/26/2012 9:29 PM, 13858 bytes, A
       Adds the file Prohgress_04gray.bmp"="11/26/2012 9:30 PM, 13858 bytes, A
       Adds the file Prohgress_y01.bmp"="11/18/2012 8:19 PM, 16714 bytes, A
       Adds the file Prohgress_y02.bmp"="11/18/2012 8:20 PM, 16714 bytes, A
       Adds the file setup_button_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:08 AM, 25808 bytes, A
       Adds the file setup_button_02.bmp"="6/10/2013 2:08 AM, 25808 bytes, A
       Adds the file setup_sub_bg.bmp"="6/10/2013 5:09 PM, 660056 bytes, A
       Adds the file sub_button_close_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:57 AM, 940 bytes, A
       Adds the file sub_button_mim_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:56 AM, 940 bytes, A
       Adds the file sub_button_setup_01.bmp"="6/10/2013 1:55 AM, 2504 bytes, A
       Adds the file Thumbs.db"="8/5/2013 2:07 AM, 137728 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\speedbooster
       Adds the file speedbooster Á¦°Ĺ.lnk"="9/24/2013 10:01 PM, 2003 bytes, A
       Adds the file speedbooster.lnk"="9/24/2013 10:01 PM, 1979 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
       Adds the file speedbooster.lnk"="9/24/2013 10:01 PM, 1091 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
       Adds the file speedbooster.lnk"="9/24/2013 10:01 PM, 1985 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\speedbooster

Registry details 
------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\speedbooster]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ, ""C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\Uninstall.exe""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ, "speedbooster"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ, ""C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\Uninstall.exe""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\speedbooster]
       "Install_Dir"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster"
       "pid"="REG_SZ, "home"
       "ver"="REG_SZ, "20130904"
 

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (PRO) 1.75.0.1300
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: v2013.09.24.10

Windows 8 x64 NTFS
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16660
{username} :: MBAM-VM [administrator]

Protection: Disabled

9/24/2013 10:08:57 PM
mbam-log-2013-09-24 (22-08-57).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 190760
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 8 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 1
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\speedbooster.exe (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> 2836 -> Delete on reboot.

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\speedbooster (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 2
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Detected: 74
C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\speedbooster_home.exe (Rogue.Ebiz.K) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\partner.ini (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\dbooster.ini (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\speedbooster.exe (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\speedboosterex.exe (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\speedsvc.exe (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\Uninstall.exe (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\activeX_check_txt_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\activeX_check_txt_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\activeX_del_button_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\activeX_del_button_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\ActiveX_pop.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\activeX_sub_bg.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\activeX_title_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\activeX_txt_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\act_btn1.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\act_btn2.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_apply_button_01_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_apply_button_01_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_btn1.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_btn2.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_check_txt_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_check_txt_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_check_txt_03.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_icon_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_icon_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_pop_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_restore_button_01_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_restore_button_01_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_sub_bg.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_title_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\boot_txt_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\btn_s.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\btn_u.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\c_act1.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\c_act2.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\c_boot1.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\c_boot2.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\c_pc1.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\c_pc2.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\gauge_activeX.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\gauge_good.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\gauge_risk.gif (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\gauge_scan.gif (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\main_bg.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_apply_button_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_apply_button_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_btn1.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_btn2.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_check_txt_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_check_txt_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_check_txt_03.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_pop.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_pop_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_sub_bg.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_title_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pc_txt_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pop_button_01_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pop_button_02_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\pop_button_03_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\Prohgress_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\Prohgress_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\Prohgress_03.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\Prohgress_04.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\Prohgress_04gray.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\Prohgress_y01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\Prohgress_y02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\setup_button_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\setup_button_02.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\setup_sub_bg.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\sub_button_close_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\sub_button_mim_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\sub_button_setup_01.bmp (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\speedbooster\img\Thumbs.db (Rogue.SpeedBooster) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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