PUA.PrivacyControls

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Updated: October 10, 2018 4:49:33 PM
Type: Potentially Unwanted App
Infection Length: Varies
Name: Privacy Controls
Version: 3.3.0
Publisher: Paretologic Inc
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior

PUA.PrivacyControls is a potentially unwanted application that scans the computer for unwanted items. It then asks the user to pay to remove the items.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 10, 2018 revision 002
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 10, 2018 revision 004
  • Initial Daily Certified version October 10, 2018 revision 008
  • Latest Daily Certified version October 10, 2018 revision 008
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date October 10, 2018

Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.

Updated: October 10, 2018 4:49:33 PM
Type: Potentially Unwanted App
Infection Length: Varies
Name: Privacy Controls
Version: 3.3.0
Publisher: Paretologic Inc
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows

Once executed, the application creates the following folders:

  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\ParetoLogic
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Application Data\ParetoLogic\Privacy Controls
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\ParetoLogic
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\ParetoLogic\Privacy Controls
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\ParetoLogic\UUS3
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\ParetoLogic\UUS3\ParetoLogic Privacy Controls
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\ParetoLogic
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\ParetoLogic\ParetoLogic Privacy Controls
  • %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\ParetoLogic
  • %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\ParetoLogic\UUS3
  • %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\ParetoLogic\UUS3\Images
  • %ProgramFiles%\ParetoLogic
  • %ProgramFiles%\ParetoLogic\Privacy Controls
  • %ProgramFiles%\ParetoLogic\Privacy Controls\HTML
  • %ProgramFiles%\ParetoLogic\Privacy Controls\HTML\images
  • %ProgramFiles%\ParetoLogic\Privacy Controls\images

The application creates the following files:
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Desktop\ParetoLogic Privacy Controls.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\ParetoLogic\ParetoLogic Privacy Controls\Launch ParetoLogic Privacy Controls.lnk
  • %Windir%\Tasks\ParetoLogic Registration3.job
  • %Windir%\Tasks\Privacy Controls Startup.job
  • %Windir%\Tasks\Privacy Controls_{2A38A54A-CAE9-11E8-B415-0050569C167A}.job

The application then creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\uus3url-pl
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\uus3url-pl\shell
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\uus3url-pl\shell\open
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\uus3url-pl\shell\open\command
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{29ACDA07-0CAD-4751-B3A4-3E03C5F74673}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ParetoLogic
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ParetoLogic\Privacy Controls
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ParetoLogic\UUS3
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ParetoLogic\UUS3\Preset
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ParetoLogic\UUS3\Preset\ParetoLogic Privacy Controls
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\ParetoLogic
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\ParetoLogic\ParetoLogic UNS
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\ParetoLogic\ParetoLogic UNS\ParetoLogic Privacy Controls
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\ParetoLogic\Privacy Controls
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\ParetoLogic\UUS3
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\ParetoLogic\UUS3\Settings

The application creates undisclosed scheduled tasks to perform actions without the user’s knowledge or consent.

The application performs a scan and displays information about potentially unwanted items on the computer.


The application requires the user to register before clearing any of the unwanted items displayed after the scan.

Updated: October 10, 2018 4:49:33 PM
Type: Potentially Unwanted App
Infection Length: Varies
Name: Privacy Controls
Version: 3.3.0
Publisher: Paretologic Inc
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows

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
For information on how to run a full system scan using your Symantec product, follow the guidance given in the product's Help section.


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.