PUA.WinASORegOptimizer

PUA.WinASORegOptimizer

Updated:
25 January 2018
Infection Length:
Varies
Name:
WinASO Registry Optimizer Setup
Version:
5.3.1
Publisher:
X.M.Y International LLC
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.WinASORegOptimizer is a potentially unwanted application that gives misleading information about issues on the computer. It then asks the user to pay to fix the issues.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 24 January 2018 revision 003
  • Latest Rapid Release version 25 January 2018 revision 003
  • Initial Daily Certified version 24 January 2018 revision 007
  • Latest Daily Certified version 25 January 2018 revision 007
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 24 January 2018
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
When this application is executed, it creates the following folders:
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinASO
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinASO\Registry Optimizer
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\AutoShutdown
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\config
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\DataRecovery
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Optimizer
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images

The application then creates the following files:
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Help.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Home Page.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Uninstall WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Uninstall WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\AutoVM\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\AutoVM\Desktop\WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Application.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\AutoShutdown\AutoShutdown.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\AutoShutdown\common.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\AutoShutdown\notify.wav
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\common.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\config\English.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\config\iKeys.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\config\iShortCuts.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\config\iValues.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\config\ScanOption.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\connect.avi
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\DataRecovery\common.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\DataRecovery\DataRecovery.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\DataRecovery\MyListSortDll.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\DataRecovery\RecoverDll.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\language.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Optimizer\BackupOp.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Optimizer\Setting.txt
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Optimizer\SystemOptimizer.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\OptimizerDll.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\PrivacyCleaner.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\common.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\Defrag.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\fb.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\h2.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\language.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\lang_English.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\progress_bar.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\progress_barbg.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\report.html
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\reportmodel.html
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\tabtitlebg.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\english\title.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\language\lang.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\rd32.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\rd64.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\1.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\11.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\12.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\2.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\3.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\4.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\5.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\7.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\8.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\9.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\regbak\info.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\RegDefrag.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\RegDefrag.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Register.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegOpt.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegOpt.url
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\ROListView.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\ScanSave.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\common.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\resource.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\WinMutiLangXP.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\WinUpdate-de.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\WinUpdate-en.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\WinUpdate-es.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\WinUpdate-fr.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\WinUpdate-it.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\WinUpdate-ja.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\Data\WinUpdate-zh-cn.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\FileDown.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\ico01.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\ico02.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\ico03.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\icon01.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\icon02.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\icon03.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\icon04.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\icon05.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\icon06.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\icon07.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\icon08.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\l01.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\l02.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\l03.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\l04.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\see01.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\see02.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\t1_01.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\t1_02.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\t2_01.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\images\t2_02.gif
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\LibUpdate.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\securityupdate.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\wmsd.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\SystemItemDll.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\unins000.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\unins000.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\WinASO.chm
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\WinASO.chm
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\WPI1.dxc
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\WPI2.dxc
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\WPI3.dxc

Next, the application creates the following registry subkey:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1

The application then creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Inno Setup: Setup Version" = "5.1.6"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Inno Setup: App Path" = "%ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Inno Setup: App Path" = "%ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"InstallLocation" = "%ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"InstallLocation" = "%ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Inno Setup: Icon Group" = "WinASO\Registry Optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Inno Setup: Icon Group" = "WinASO\Registry Optimizer"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Inno Setup: User" = "AutoVM"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Inno Setup: Selected Tasks" = "desktopicon,quicklaunchicon"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Inno Setup: Deselected Tasks" = ""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"DisplayName" = "WinASO Registry Optimizer 5.4"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"DisplayName" = "WinASO Registry Optimizer 5.4"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"UninstallString" = ""%ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\unins000.exe""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"UninstallString" = ""%ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\unins000.exe""
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"QuietUninstallString" = ""%ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"QuietUninstallString" = ""%ProgramFiles%\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\unins000.exe" /SILENT"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"Publisher" = "X.M.Y International LLC"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"URLInfoAbout" = "http://www.winaso.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"URLInfoAbout" = "http://www.winaso.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"HelpLink" = "http://www.winaso.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"HelpLink" = "http://www.winaso.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"URLUpdateInfo" = "http://www.winaso.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"URLUpdateInfo" = "http://www.winaso.com"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"NoModify" = "1"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1\"NoRepair" = "1"

The application performs a scan and displays misleading information about issues on the computer.







The application then asks the user to pay in order to fix the listed issues.

The application runs silently in the background and leaves some of its components, remaining in the system even after uninstallation.
You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your computer has been affected by this risk.

Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.



FOR NORTON USERS
If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.



FOR BUSINESS USERS
If you are a Symantec business product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.


Identifying and submitting suspect files
Submitting suspicious files to Symantec allows us to ensure that our protection capabilities keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Submitted files are analyzed by Symantec Security Response and, where necessary, updated definitions are immediately distributed through LiveUpdate™ to all Symantec end points. This ensures that other computers nearby are protected from attack. The following resources may help in identifying suspicious files for submission to Symantec.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resource provides further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.
Protecting your business network



MANUAL REMOVAL
The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.


1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product


2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.
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