PC Speed Maximizer

PC Speed Maximizer Description

PC Speed Maximizer Screenshot 1PC Speed Maximizer is a rogue system optimizer and registry cleaner that claims to improve the performance of your computer by removing junk files and unneeded data, but actually detects fake system problems. Trying to use PC Speed Maximizer to remove any of these imaginary issues only will redirect you to a purchase form for PC Speed Maximizer's registration. PC Speed Maximizer also has been promoted through multiple malicious websites and through the fake online scanner XP Micro Antivirus Online Scan. Scamware products like PC Speed Maximizer never should be bought, and although SpywareRemove.com malware experts haven't seen evidence of PC Speed Maximizer engaging in other attacks of a more serious nature than its fake system scans, they, nonetheless, suggest removing PC Speed Maximizer with any legitimate anti-malware scanner.

Why PC Speed Maximizer's Only in It for Maximum Profitability

PC Speed Maximizer uses a hoax that's common to many families of fake anti-malware and system cleaner programs, such as FakeSysdef, FakeRean and WinWebSec, by pretending to find problems with your PC without having any real capabilities for detecting them. As a simulated scanner, PC Speed Maximizer only is able to create fake scan results and pop-ups, which PC Speed Maximizer hopes will be enough to convince you to spend money on 'cleaning' your PC.

PC Speed Maximizer is associated with the sites speedupyourpc.com and Pcspeedplus.com/scan, both of which promote PC Speed Maximizer and an equally-fake online scanner named XP Micro Antivirus Online Scan. The latter often will launch automatically and initiate a fake scan that proceeds to encourage you to install PC Speed Maximizer when you try to remove any detected threats, essentially tricking victims into infecting their own computers. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers warn that, while PC Speed Maximizer uses a standard scamware interface, XP Micro Antivirus Online Scan is designed to look like a Windows Explorer add-on and may be launched through advertising rings and equally-untrustworthy sources.

Putting the Brakes on PC Speed Maximizer's Race to Your Money

As a fake system scanner that's incapable of improving your PC's performance or implementing any of the features PC Speed Maximizer claims to have, PC Speed Maximizer should not be purchased. If you've spent money on PC Speed Maximizer already, malware experts recommend contacting your bank or credit company to get any charges canceled. Protecting your computer from sites and online PC threats related to PC Speed Maximizer, such as XP Micro Antivirus Online Scan, can be accomplished through browser-specific security techniques, such as the often-recommended disabling of JavaScript (which is a benign but commonly-exploited program).

Lastly, SpywareRemove.com malware research team also urges you to remove PC Speed Maximizer from your computer whenever appropriate. PC Speed Maximizer doesn't have any history of causing long-term damage to the PCs that are compromised by PC Speed Maximizer, but the presence of scamware like PC Speed Maximizer always should be considered a drawback for your PC's performance and security. Most anti-malware products are well-equipped to deal with basic fake system cleaners like PC Speed Maximizer.

Aliases


Trj/OCJ.E [Panda]Dropper.Msil [AVG]Virus.Dropper [Ikarus]W32/Trojan.ACDV-7382Gen:Variant.Kazy.157208 (B)TR/Kazy.157208.1 [AntiVir]Trojan.Win32.Generic!BTTROJ_GEN.RCBB1CTAgent.AOQWCWS.Reputation.1 [Symantec]Artemis!DF1C6D70BCB9 [McAfee]Gen:Variant.Kazy.157208Suspicious file [Panda]Downloader.Generic13.ASMW [AVG]Trojan.SuspectCRC [Ikarus]
More aliases (28)

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:



%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Speed Maximizer\Startw3i.exe File name: Startw3i.exe
Size: 173.91 KB (173912 bytes)
MD5: 7f9a492134751528d8ca48f46cde3d6c
Detection count: 1,422
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Speed Maximizer\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: August 15, 2013
%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer\SPMReminder.exe File name: SPMReminder.exe
Size: 216.2 KB (216208 bytes)
MD5: 72a387407d8c321cdb3c2f0756b0a802
Detection count: 995
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: August 15, 2013
%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer\SPMStarter.exe File name: SPMStarter.exe
Size: 45.84 KB (45840 bytes)
MD5: 2e05ef838f1a2f6228473fa81255b6bc
Detection count: 501
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 26, 2020
%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer\SPMGuard.exe File name: SPMGuard.exe
Size: 232.59 KB (232592 bytes)
MD5: 19f0c8f6fe80429f2fb96165de8bf4db
Detection count: 422
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: August 15, 2013
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Speed Maximizer\PCSpeedMaximizer.exe File name: PCSpeedMaximizer.exe
Size: 19.25 MB (19250448 bytes)
MD5: 625e50be759356f847b813f2b0519589
Detection count: 356
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Speed Maximizer\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: July 5, 2011
%PROGRAMFILES%\KMSpico\Service_KMS.exe File name: Service_KMS.exe
Size: 450.04 KB (450048 bytes)
MD5: df1c6d70bcb9443451cf617cf13672a2
Detection count: 119
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\KMSpico\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 20, 2020
%USERPROFILE%\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\NVIDIA Corporation\Update\daemonupd.exe File name: daemonupd.exe
Size: 33.79 KB (33792 bytes)
MD5: e79ca49f23b2cb455e426ca9dffbee97
Detection count: 80
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %USERPROFILE%\Impostazioni locali\Dati applicazioni\NVIDIA Corporation\Update\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 17, 2013
%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer\SPMTray.exe File name: SPMTray.exe
Size: 205.58 KB (205584 bytes)
MD5: a3ae004b31fe0ec60c448afdba9f25a6
Detection count: 70
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: July 7, 2011
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Speed Maximizer\SPMSmartScan.exe File name: SPMSmartScan.exe
Size: 195.21 KB (195216 bytes)
MD5: 4293fee2c00f3a621efd9e7020eddeff
Detection count: 52
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Speed Maximizer\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 31, 2013
%PROGRAMFILES%\pcmax\service.exe File name: service.exe
Size: 79.86 KB (79864 bytes)
MD5: 5a8afa636cc01effd7023c98f825f7ba
Detection count: 9
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\pcmax\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: June 2, 2014

More files

Registry Modifications


The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Registry keySoftware\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions\{6FE76E1D-5E50-4FCF-8498-4C61E869EAA7}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{6F5B6E41-5EEC-4F0F-888C-E861D66901A7}Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers\C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Speed Maximizer\PCSpeedMaximizer.exeSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\PC Speed Maximizer ScheduleSOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{6FE76E1D-5E50-4FCF-8498-4C61E869EAA7}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speed Maximizer\Check updates.lnkSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speed Maximizer\Check updates.lnkSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Settings\{6FE76E1D-5E50-4FCF-8498-4C61E869EAA7}Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{6FE76E1D-5E50-4FCF-8498-4C61E869EAA7}SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\PC Speed Maximizer ProSoftware\PC Speed MaximizerSOFTWARE\PC Speed\PC Speed MaximizerSOFTWARE\pcmaxSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{6F5B6E41-5EEC-4F0F-888C-E861D66901A7}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCSpeedMaximizer_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCSpeedMaximizer_RASMANCSSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{6FE76E1D-5E50-4FCF-8498-4C61E869EAA7}SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\PC Speed Maximizer ProSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PC Speed\PC Speed MaximizerSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\pcmaxSYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\pcmaxserviceSYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\pcmaxserviceSYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\pcmaxserviceDirectory%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speed Maximizer%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speed Maximizer%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speed Maximizer%APPDATA%\PC Speed Maximizer%LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hnpibiiahcfnibbcbldbcdjkclpciogb%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Speed Maximizer Pro%PROGRAMFILES%\pcmax%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Speed Maximizer%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Speed Maximizer Pro%PROGRAMFILES(X86)%\pcmax%USERPROFILE%\AppData\LocalLow\PC Speed\PC Speed Maximizer%USERPROFILE%\Documents\PC Speed Maximizer%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\hnpibiiahcfnibbcbldbcdjkclpciogb%USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Speed Maximizer%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\PC Speed MaximizerFile name without pathPC Speed Maximizer.lnkHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}PC Speed Maximizer_is1

Additional Information

The following URL's were detected:
pcspeedmaximizer.com
The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Attention!
104 errors and optimizations are slowing down your computer.

Posted: May 16, 2013
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 100,293

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