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Posted 15 June 2013 - 06:48 AM

What is PC Secure?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that PC Secure 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 PC Secure?

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 PC Secure get on my computer?

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

How do I remove PC Secure?

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 PC Secure?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes PC Secure 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 PC Secure 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:
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PCSecure.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PCSecureMain] "C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PCSecure.exe" /Boot

Alterations made by the installer:


File System
===============
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Adds the file �Ǿ���ť��.lnk"="13:13 15/06/13 710 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp\nsw2.tmp
Adds the file stack.dll"="13:13 15/06/13 10240 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp\PCSecure
Adds the file top_txt3.bmp"="15:23 27/04/10 20216 bytes
Adds the file title7.bmp"="18:48 08/04/11 10296 bytes
Adds the file title6.bmp"="18:48 08/04/11 10296 bytes
Adds the file title5.bmp"="18:48 08/04/11 10296 bytes
Adds the file title4.bmp"="18:47 08/04/11 10296 bytes
Adds the file title3.bmp"="18:46 08/04/11 10296 bytes
Adds the file title2.bmp"="18:46 08/04/11 10296 bytes
Adds the file title1.bmp"="09:50 10/10/12 10856 bytes
Adds the file Thumbs.db"="18:21 17/04/13 138240 bytes
Adds the file skin.xml"="18:29 17/04/13 19819 bytes
Adds the file show_realtime.bmp"="15:32 11/10/12 27854 bytes
Adds the file service_bg.bmp"="19:39 02/06/10 352772 bytes
Adds the file scan_txt_disc2.bmp"="15:52 27/04/10 3540 bytes
Adds the file scan_txt_disc1.bmp"="15:52 27/04/10 2252 bytes
Adds the file scan_txt4.bmp"="15:53 27/04/10 1496 bytes
Adds the file scan_txt3.bmp"="15:53 27/04/10 1496 bytes
Adds the file scan_txt2.bmp"="15:52 27/04/10 1496 bytes
Adds the file scan_txt1.bmp"="15:52 27/04/10 1496 bytes
Adds the file scan_list_bgdel.bmp"="09:49 10/10/12 581456 bytes
Adds the file scaning_progresbar.bmp"="14:42 04/06/10 524 bytes
Adds the file report.bmp"="09:52 09/10/12 3976 bytes
Adds the file repair_msg_bg2.bmp"="09:48 10/10/12 156512 bytes
Adds the file repair_msg_bg.bmp"="09:47 10/10/12 156512 bytes
Adds the file Pop_Tray_bg.bmp"="09:48 10/10/12 300296 bytes
Adds the file pop_end_bg.bmp"="09:47 10/10/12 156512 bytes
Adds the file pattern_layer.bmp"="15:06 07/05/10 60792 bytes
Adds the file minmize.bmp"="18:42 08/10/12 4388 bytes
Adds the file menu6.bmp"="10:06 10/10/12 63056 bytes
Adds the file menu5.bmp"="10:04 10/10/12 63056 bytes
Adds the file menu4.bmp"="10:02 10/10/12 63056 bytes
Adds the file menu3.bmp"="10:01 10/10/12 63056 bytes
Adds the file menu2.bmp"="09:58 10/10/12 63056 bytes
Adds the file menu1.bmp"="09:55 10/10/12 63056 bytes
Adds the file maxmize.bmp"="18:41 24/11/05 584 bytes
Adds the file main_bt3.bmp"="11:01 09/04/11 5356 bytes
Adds the file main_body.bmp"="15:49 11/10/12 580016 bytes
Adds the file logo.bmp"="09:52 09/10/12 34936 bytes
Adds the file last_scan_date.bmp"="15:53 27/04/10 1748 bytes
Adds the file engine_ver.bmp"="15:53 27/04/10 2132 bytes
Adds the file cscenter.bmp"="09:51 09/10/12 3976 bytes
Adds the file common_exit.bmp"="22:02 14/12/05 452 bytes
Adds the file common_dlg_backpattern.bmp"="16:41 27/04/10 30056 bytes
Adds the file close.bmp"="18:41 08/10/12 4388 bytes
Adds the file btn_update.bmp"="18:57 07/04/11 4084 bytes
Adds the file btn_s_yesdel.bmp"="18:53 07/04/11 8680 bytes
Adds the file btn_s_ok.bmp"="18:53 07/04/11 4016 bytes
Adds the file btn_s_nodel.bmp"="18:52 07/04/11 8680 bytes
Adds the file btn_s_no.bmp"="18:51 07/04/11 4016 bytes
Adds the file btn_s_del.bmp"="18:50 07/04/11 4016 bytes
Adds the file btn_stop.bmp"="18:56 07/04/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file btn_set.bmp"="10:51 09/04/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file btn_searchpattern.bmp"="18:54 07/04/11 7976 bytes
Adds the file btn_restore.bmp"="10:50 09/04/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file btn_restart.bmp"="18:38 07/04/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file btn_rescan_cancel.bmp"="10:49 09/04/11 4016 bytes
Adds the file btn_rescan.bmp"="10:48 09/04/11 4016 bytes
Adds the file btn_repair_msg_del.bmp"="12:28 21/11/11 9162 bytes
Adds the file btn_repair_msg_cancel.bmp"="12:28 21/11/11 9162 bytes
Adds the file btn_popup_end.bmp"="12:27 21/11/11 9162 bytes
Adds the file btn_popup_cancel2.bmp"="12:28 21/11/11 9162 bytes
Adds the file btn_main6.bmp"="18:43 20/02/12 158456 bytes
Adds the file btn_main5.bmp"="18:42 20/02/12 158456 bytes
Adds the file btn_main4.bmp"="18:34 08/10/12 205976 bytes
Adds the file btn_main3.bmp"="18:35 08/10/12 205976 bytes
Adds the file btn_main2.bmp"="18:17 07/04/11 7976 bytes
Adds the file btn_main1.bmp"="18:17 07/04/11 7976 bytes
Adds the file btn_exit.bmp"="14:24 30/11/05 16472 bytes
Adds the file btn_Dscan.bmp"="10:51 09/04/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file btn_Ddel2.bmp"="10:44 09/04/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file btn_Ddel.bmp"="10:45 09/04/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file btn_Dcancel.bmp"="10:44 09/04/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file btn_cure.bmp"="14:38 14/11/11 31256 bytes
Adds the file bg.bmp"="18:20 17/04/13 1076180 bytes
Adds the file 6_body1.bmp"="15:51 11/10/12 411534 bytes
Adds the file 5.bmp"="18:58 02/06/10 456 bytes
Adds the file 4_body1.bmp"="17:16 07/04/11 375764 bytes
Adds the file 4.bmp"="18:57 02/06/10 456 bytes
Adds the file 3.bmp"="18:56 02/06/10 456 bytes
Adds the file 2_body1.bmp"="16:58 07/04/11 4496 bytes
Adds the file 2.bmp"="18:56 02/06/10 456 bytes
Adds the file 1_body1.bmp"="16:57 07/04/11 4496 bytes
Adds the file 1.bmp"="18:54 02/06/10 456 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp\PCSecure\list_control
Adds the file VerticleScrollBarUpArrow.bmp"="18:35 27/04/10 716 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollbarTop.bmp"="18:35 27/04/10 672 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollBarThumb.bmp"="18:35 27/04/10 848 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollBarSpan.bmp"="18:33 27/04/10 276 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollBarDownArrow.bmp"="18:35 27/04/10 672 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollbarBottom.bmp"="18:35 27/04/10 672 bytes
Adds the file Thumbs.db"="18:27 17/04/13 5632 bytes
Adds the file right_pattern.bmp"="18:32 27/04/10 1232 bytes
Adds the file pattern.bmp"="05:58 10/12/05 2344 bytes
Adds the file left_pattern.bmp"="18:32 27/04/10 192 bytes
Adds the file HorizontalScrollBarThumb.bmp"="18:34 27/04/10 840 bytes
Adds the file HorizontalScrollBarSpan.bmp"="18:34 27/04/10 840 bytes
Adds the file HorizontalScrollBarRightArrow.bmp"="18:35 27/04/10 728 bytes
Adds the file HorizontalScrollBarLeftArrow.bmp"="18:35 27/04/10 728 bytes
Adds the file height_blank.bmp"="23:13 09/12/05 120 bytes
Adds the file ColumnHeaderStart.bmp"="19:12 28/04/10 464 bytes
Adds the file ColumnHeaderSpan.bmp"="19:12 28/04/10 508 bytes
Adds the file ColumnHeaderEnd.bmp"="19:12 28/04/10 680 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu
Adds the file �Ǿ���ť��.lnk"="13:13 15/06/13 1558 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\�Ǿ���ť��
Adds the file �Ǿ���ť��.lnk"="13:13 15/06/13 1570 bytes
Adds the file �Ǿ���ť�� ����.lnk"="13:13 15/06/13 1577 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PCSecure
Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="13:13 15/06/13 244765 bytes
Adds the file SoPSUpdateServer.dat"="12:22 24/06/11 208 bytes
Adds the file PSUpdateServer.dat"="13:14 15/06/13 632 bytes
Adds the file PSEngine.dll"="07:35 11/10/12 659456 bytes
Adds the file PSAutoUpdate.exe"="07:39 11/10/12 462848 bytes
Adds the file PCSecure.exe"="08:10 11/10/12 512000 bytes
Adds the file partner.ini"="13:13 15/06/13 23 bytes
Adds the file Ep.dat"="07:11 21/02/12 336 bytes
Adds the file conf.ini"="13:14 15/06/13 225 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PCSecure\update
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PCSecure\temp
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PCSecure\skin
Adds the file default.avs"="11:30 17/04/13 494828 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PCSecure\etc
Adds the file psReg.exe"="07:52 11/10/12 278528 bytes
Adds the file PSmonRemote.dll"="07:46 11/10/12 221184 bytes
Adds the file psMon.exe"="07:43 11/10/12 290816 bytes
Adds the file PSFilterDriver.SYS"="07:33 11/10/12 35840 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db
Adds the file vsdb.dat"="07:11 21/02/12 172472 bytes
Adds the file pwdb.dat"="07:11 21/02/12 380936 bytes
Adds the file inter.dll"="07:11 21/02/12 231616 bytes
Adds the file filter.dll"="07:11 21/02/12 232 bytes
Adds the file avmon.dat"="07:11 21/02/12 226064 bytes
Adds the file adtc.dat"="07:11 21/02/12 1024 bytes
Adds the file adsub.dat"="13:14 15/06/13 242088 bytes
Adds the file addb.dat"="02:31 31/01/13 903000 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\PCSecure\Lang
Adds the file kr.xml"="10:17 15/04/13 8869 bytes


Registry
===============
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PCSecure]
"Install_Dir"="'C:\Program Files\PCSecure'"
"ver"="'20130401'"
"pid"="'home'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"PCSecureMain"="'"C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PCSecure.exe" /Boot'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSecureMain]
"INSTDATE"="'20130401'"
"DisplayIcon"="'"C:\Program Files\PCSecure\Uninstall.exe"'"
"UninstallString"="'"C:\Program Files\PCSecure\Uninstall.exe"'"
"DisplayName"="'�Ǿ���ť��'"


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.75.0.1300
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: v2013.06.15.02

Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86 NTFS
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702
{username} :: MBAM-D3E8C91ACC [administrator]

6/15/2013 1:18:38 PM
mbam-log-2013-06-15 (13-18-38).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: 184530
Time elapsed: 48 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 1
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PCSecure.exe (Rogue.PcCare) -> 224 -> Delete on reboot.

Memory Modules Detected: 1
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PSEngine.dll (Rogue.K.EBizNetwork) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Detected: 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PCSecureMain (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Detected: 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run|PCSecureMain (Rogue.PcCare) -> Data: "C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PCSecure.exe" /Boot -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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

Folders Detected: 7
C:\Program Files\PCSecure (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\etc (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\Lang (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\skin (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\temp (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\update (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Detected: 24
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PCSecure.exe (Rogue.PcCare) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PSEngine.dll (Rogue.K.EBizNetwork) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\PCSecure_setup.exe (Rogue.Ebiz.K) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\Ep.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\conf.ini (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\partner.ini (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PSAutoUpdate.exe (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\PSUpdateServer.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\SoPSUpdateServer.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\Uninstall.exe (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db\addb.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db\adsub.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db\adtc.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db\avmon.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db\filter.dll (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db\inter.dll (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db\pwdb.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\db\vsdb.dat (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\etc\PSFilterDriver.SYS (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\etc\psMon.exe (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\etc\PSmonRemote.dll (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\etc\psReg.exe (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\Lang\kr.xml (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\PCSecure\skin\default.avs (Rogue.PCSecure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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