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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is PPass?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that PPass is adware. These adware applications display advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing.
The installer also bundles several other PUPs and adware programs.

How do I know if my computer is affected by PPass?

You may see these warnings and additional offers during install:

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and this icon in your taskbar and startmenu:

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

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How did PPass get on my computer?

Adware applications use different methods for distributing themselves. This particular one was installed by a bundler.

How do I remove PPass?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.
  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of PPass?
  • No, Malwarebytes removes PPass completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes help protect me?

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

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the PPass 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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The web protection module also blocks their domain:

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Technical details for experts

Possible signs in FRST logs:
 () C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\PPass.exe
 Startup: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\PPass.exe.lnk [2017-09-25]
 ShortcutTarget: PPass.exe.lnk -> C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\PPass.exe ()
 C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass

PPass (HKLM-x32\...\{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}) (Version: 1.0.0.0 - PPass Co.)
Significant chganges made by the installer:
File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass
       Adds the file app"="9/25/2017 10:35 AM, 14 bytes, A
       Adds the file EngineIoClientDotNet.DLL"="1/4/2016 5:14 AM, 83968 bytes, A
       Adds the file Newtonsoft.Json.DLL"="12/29/2015 1:46 PM, 519168 bytes, A
       Adds the file PPass.exe"="4/7/2017 8:58 AM, 86528 bytes, A
       Adds the file SocketIoClientDotNet.DLL"="1/4/2016 6:46 AM, 26624 bytes, A
       Adds the file v"="4/7/2017 9:07 AM, 2 bytes, A
       Adds the file WebSocket4Net.DLL"="10/9/2015 11:40 PM, 90624 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Installer\{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}
       Adds the file AppIcon"="9/25/2017 10:33 AM, 86528 bytes, RA
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
       Adds the file PPass.exe.lnk"="9/25/2017 10:33 AM, 2048 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Windows\Installer
       Adds the file 8b948e.msi"="9/25/2017 9:01 AM, 856064 bytes, A
       Adds the file SourceHash{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}"="9/25/2017 10:33 AM, 20480 bytes, A

Registry details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\Folders]
       "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\"="REG_SZ", ""
       "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Installer\"="REG_SZ", ""
       "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Installer\{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}\"="REG_SZ", ""
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Components\093581EC0E0BAF949BA84EFA2827D3C7]
       "00000000000000000000000000000000"="REG_SZ", "01:\Software\PPass Co.\PPass\InstallFolder"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\{user SID}\Components\093581EC0E0BAF949BA84EFA2827D3C7]
       "ECD510D571E268048BCBF4EAA23CB54D"="REG_SZ", "01:\Software\PPass Co.\PPass\InstallFolder"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\{user SID}\Components\5A67D1A420A29F1499CCB1FD5C160EE9]
       "ECD510D571E268048BCBF4EAA23CB54D"="REG_SZ", "01:\Software\PPass Co.\PPass\Installed"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\{user SID}\Products\ECD510D571E268048BCBF4EAA23CB54D\Features]
       "ProductBaseFeature"="REG_SZ", "[email protected]%k?VZ4Ua'T+xOV+hn?6~B590m)epz'D(["
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\{user SID}\Products\ECD510D571E268048BCBF4EAA23CB54D\InstallProperties]
       "AuthorizedCDFPrefix"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Comments"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Contact"="REG_SZ", ""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "PPass"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.0.0.0"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 790
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", ""
       "HelpTelephone"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20170925"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallSource"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\"
       "Language"="REG_DWORD", 1033
       "LocalPackage"="REG_SZ", "C:\Windows\Installer\8b948e.msi"
       "ModifyPath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "MsiExec.exe /X{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "PPass Co."
       "Readme"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Size"="REG_SZ", ""
       "UninstallString"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "MsiExec.exe /X{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", ""
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Version"="REG_DWORD", 16777216
       "VersionMajor"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "VersionMinor"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "WindowsInstaller"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}]
       "AuthorizedCDFPrefix"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Comments"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Contact"="REG_SZ", ""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ", "PPass"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ", "1.0.0.0"
       "EstimatedSize"="REG_DWORD", 790
       "HelpLink"="REG_SZ", ""
       "HelpTelephone"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallDate"="REG_SZ", "20170925"
       "InstallLocation"="REG_SZ", ""
       "InstallSource"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\"
       "Language"="REG_DWORD", 1033
       "ModifyPath"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "MsiExec.exe /X{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ", "PPass Co."
       "Readme"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Size"="REG_SZ", ""
       "UninstallString"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "MsiExec.exe /X{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}"
       "URLInfoAbout"="REG_SZ", ""
       "URLUpdateInfo"="REG_SZ", ""
       "Version"="REG_DWORD", 16777216
       "VersionMajor"="REG_DWORD", 1
       "VersionMinor"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "WindowsInstaller"="REG_DWORD", 1
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Installer\Products\ECD510D571E268048BCBF4EAA23CB54D]
       "AdvertiseFlags"="REG_DWORD", 388
       "Assignment"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "AuthorizedLUAApp"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "Clients"="REG_MULTI_SZ, ": "
       "DeploymentFlags"="REG_DWORD", 2
       "InstanceType"="REG_DWORD", 0
       "Language"="REG_DWORD", 1033
       "PackageCode"="REG_SZ", "E220321BDFF249D4F9B4704A36EB140E"
       "ProductIcon"="REG_EXPAND_SZ, "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Installer\{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}\AppIcon"
       "ProductName"="REG_SZ", "PPass"
       "Version"="REG_DWORD", 16777216
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PPass Co.\PPass]
       "Installed"="REG_SZ", "yes"
       "InstallFolder"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\"

Malwarebytes log:
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-Log Details-
Scan Date: 9/25/17
Scan Time: 1:07 PM
Log File: b75007e8-a1e1-11e7-b751-080027750297.json
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.2.2.2018
Components Version: 1.0.188
Update Package Version: 1.0.2880
License: Premium

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 321142
Threats Detected: 16
Threats Quarantined: 16
Time Elapsed: 1 min, 46 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Detect
PUM: Detect

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 2
PUP.Optional.PPass, HKCU\SOFTWARE\PPass Co., Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438892],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438894],1.0.2880

Registry Value: 1
PUP.Optional.PPass, HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}|DISPLAYNAME, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438894],1.0.2880

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\PPASS, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438887],1.0.2880

File: 10
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\LOCAL\PPASS\WEBSOCKET4NET.DLL, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438887],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\EngineIoClientDotNet.DLL, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438887],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\Newtonsoft.Json.DLL, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438887],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\PPass.exe, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438887],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\SocketIoClientDotNet.DLL, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438887],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\PPass\v, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438887],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\START MENU\PROGRAMS\STARTUP\PPASS.EXE.LNK, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438888],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\INSTALL.MSI, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438896],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\USERS\{username}\APPDATA\ROAMING\MICROSOFT\INSTALLER\{5D015DCE-2E17-4086-B8BC-4FAE2AC35BD4}\APPICON, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438896],1.0.2880
PUP.Optional.PPass, C:\WINDOWS\INSTALLER\9775C1.MSI, Delete-on-Reboot, [972], [438896],1.0.2880

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
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