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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Software Updater?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Software Updater is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.

How do I know if my computer is affected by Software Updater?

You may see this this entry in your list of installed programs:


and these warnings:




How did Software Updater get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was bundled with other software.

How do I remove Software Updater?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Software Updater?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Software Updater completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application and this guide have helped you eradicate this hijacker.

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


Technical details for experts

You will see these signs in a HijackThis log:
O4 - Global Startup: SoftwareUpdater.lnk = C:\Program Files\Software Updater\SoftwareUpdater.exe
O23 - Service: asuservice - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Software Updater\suscan.exe
Alterations made by the installer:
File system details  
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Software Updater
       Adds the file cpprest120_xp_1_4.dll"="9/16/2014 3:15 AM, 1140896 bytes, A
       Adds the file cpuidsdk.dll"="9/16/2014 3:15 AM, 923648 bytes, A
       Adds the file DriversHQ.SDK.REST.Win32.dll"="9/16/2014 3:15 AM, 461312 bytes, A
       Adds the file msvcp120.dll"="9/16/2014 3:15 AM, 455328 bytes, A
       Adds the file msvcr120.dll"="9/16/2014 3:15 AM, 970912 bytes, A
       Adds the file SoftwareUpdater.exe"="9/29/2014 8:08 PM, 2187264 bytes, A
       Adds the file suscan.exe"="9/26/2014 12:36 AM, 222208 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.dat"="12/5/2014 3:24 PM, 3299 bytes, A
       Adds the file unins000.exe"="12/5/2014 3:24 PM, 719521 bytes, A
       Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="9/16/2014 3:15 AM, 1797120 bytes, A
       Adds the file updater.log"="12/5/2014 3:26 PM, 4855 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\ProgramData
       Adds the file suguid.txt"="12/5/2014 3:24 PM, 36 bytes, A
       Adds the file suscan.txt"="12/5/2014 3:24 PM, 95 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
       Adds the file SoftwareUpdater.lnk"="12/5/2014 3:24 PM, 1078 bytes, A

Registry details  
       "CheckPointTime"="REG_DWORD", 217704384
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Software Updater_is1]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Software Updater\UninstallSoftwareUpdater.exe"
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "Software Updater version 1.9.9"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.9.9"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 8658
       "Inno Setup: App Path"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Software Updater"
       "Inno Setup: Icon Group"="REG_SZ", "Software Updater"
       "Inno Setup: Language"="REG_SZ", "default"
       "Inno Setup: Setup Version"="REG_SZ", "5.5.5 (a)"
       "Inno Setup: User"="REG_SZ", "Malwarebytes"
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20141205"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", "C:\Program Files\Software Updater\"
       "MajorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "MinorVersion"="REG_DWORD", 9
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "QuietUninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\Software Updater\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ", ""C:\Program Files\Software Updater\unins000.exe""
       "ErrorControl"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "ImagePath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "C:\Program Files\Software Updater\suscan.exe"
       "ObjectName"="REG_SZ", "LocalSystem"
       "Start"="REG_DWORD", 2
       "Type"="REG_DWORD", 16
       "guid"="REG_SZ", "bd7a1d84-e54b-4fe4-bcbe-3c227c71a4a1"

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 12/5/2014
Scan Time: 3:28:16 PM
Logfile: mbamSoftwareUpdfater.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2014.12.05.06
Rootkit Database: v2014.12.03.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 279705
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 29 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 1
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\SoftwareUpdater.exe, 1084, Delete-on-Reboot, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 2
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\asuservice, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\Software Updater_is1, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 

Registry Values: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 1
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater, Delete-on-Reboot, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 

Files: 12
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater.A, C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\SoftwareUpdater.lnk, Quarantined, [5edca5ba7efed1654471214506fdd32d], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\updater.log, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\cpprest120_xp_1_4.dll, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\cpuidsdk.dll, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\DriversHQ.SDK.REST.Win32.dll, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\msvcp120.dll, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\msvcr120.dll, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\SoftwareUpdater.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\suscan.exe, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\unins000.dat, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\unins000.exe, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 
PUP.Optional.SoftwareUpdater, C:\Program Files\Software Updater\Uninstall.exe, Quarantined, [b288baa54a324ee8ef64a21f08fc12ee], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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