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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is ProSpeed?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that ProSpeed 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 ProSpeed?

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 ProSpeed get on my computer?

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

How do I remove ProSpeed?

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 ProSpeed?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes ProSpeed 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 ProSpeed 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)\prospeed\prospeedse.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeed.exe

O23 - Service: prospeed Service (prospeedService) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeedse.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
File system details 
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed
       Adds the file bootflash.swf"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 39283 bytes, A
       Adds the file pcspeedflash.swf"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 39283 bytes, A
       Adds the file prospeed.exe"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 435208 bytes, A
       Adds the file prospeedegn.dll"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 189960 bytes, A
       Adds the file prospeedse.exe"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 58888 bytes, A
       Adds the file prospeedU.exe"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 116232 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninst_prospeed.exe"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 205328 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\prospeed
       Adds the file Homepage.url"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 192 bytes, A
       Adds the file prospeed »čÁ¦.lnk"="10/12/2013 5:07 AM, 2430 bytes, A
       Adds the file prospeed.lnk"="10/12/2013 5:06 AM, 2116 bytes, A

Registry details 
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Application Compatibility]
       "prospd"="REG_SZ, "156296"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\prospeed]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\uninst_prospeed.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ, "prospeed"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ, "1.2"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD, 949"
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ, "http://www.prospeed.co.kr"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ, "NK"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\uninst_prospeed.exe"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ, "http://www.prospeed.co.kr"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\prospeed]
       "autostart"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "code1"="REG_SZ, "prospeed"
       "installmode"="REG_SZ, "2"
       "popup"="REG_SZ, "1"
       "prospeed_nic"="REG_SZ, "08:00:27:B0:81:23"
       "Today"="REG_SZ, "20131012"
       "userid"="REG_SZ, "{username}"
       "userselect"="REG_DWORD, 0"
       "ver1"="REG_SZ, "20120304"
       "ver2"="REG_SZ, "20121114"
       "ver3"="REG_SZ, "20120303"
       "ver4"="REG_SZ, "20120303"
       "ver5"="REG_SZ, "20120303"
       "ver6"="REG_SZ, "20120301"
       "ver7"="REG_SZ, "20120301"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\prospeedService]
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ, "prospeed Service"
       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeedse.exe"
       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ, "LocalSystem"
       "Start"="REG_DWORD, 2"
       "Type"="REG_DWORD, 16"
       "WOW64"="REG_DWORD, 1"



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

Database version: v2013.10.12.03

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

Protection: Disabled

10/12/2013 5:14:23 AM
mbam-log-2013-10-12 (05-14-23).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: 192916
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 10 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 1
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeed.exe (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> 2144 -> Delete on reboot.

Memory Modules Detected: 1
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeedegn.dll (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Detected: 3
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\prospeedService (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\prospeed (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\PROSPEED (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Detected: 4
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer|prospeed_prospeed (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Data: 1 -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\prospeed|URLInfoAbout (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Data: http://www.prospeed.co.kr -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKLM\SOFTWARE\prospeed|prospeed_nic (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Data: 08:00:27:B0:81:23 -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\prospeedService|ImagePath (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Data: C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeedse.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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

Folders Detected: 1
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Delete on reboot.

Files Detected: 8
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeed.exe (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeedegn.dll (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeedse.exe (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\prospeedsetup.exe (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\bootflash.swf (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\pcspeedflash.swf (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\prospeedU.exe (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\prospeed\uninst_prospeed.exe (Rogue.ProSpeed) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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