PCTechHotline

PCTechHotline Description


PC Tech Hotline is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) produced by Crawler. After installation and setup, PC Tech Hotline may define a registry entry which allows it to be launched automatically on every Windows boot-up for all user logins. PC Tech Hotline may add a background controller service that is set to automatically start. Delaying the start of this service may be possible through the service manager. PC users may order the service by submitting a service plan order through the PC Tech Hotline website or by calling PC Tech Hotline.
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Once PC Tech Hotline accepts the service plan order submitted by the computer user, then he may receive an email from PC Tech Hotline at the email address that he provides or has provided to PC Tech Hotline as a part of the registration process for the service. PC Tech Hotline is not responsible for rendering services in relation with any service plan order that it has not accepted. Once installed, PCTechHotline may start with the computer system even after changing start-up settings in its settings window. PCTechHotline may spread and access the computer through other bundled freeware.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}{A0B0DA25-DD15-4739-92A3-62D3424F043A}_is1HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, value: PCTechHotlineSoftware\PCTechHotlineSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, value: PCTechHotlineSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PCTechHotlineSYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\PCTechHotlineSvcSYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\PCTechHotlineSvcSYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PCTechHotlineSvc
  • The following CLSID's were detected:
    HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path} {6E30A318-C2A8-4874-9C44-30EB821658BA}

Additional Information

  • The following URL's were detected:
    pctechhotline.com
Posted: February 25, 2014 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 1/10
Detection Count: 30,143

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