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what is popcinfot.dat?


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#1 vayne24

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:21 AM

Hello!

I suddenly found this file in the desktop named popcinfot.dat. I don't know where this came from and I can't delete it. Well actually I can, But then it comes back again after some time. I tried moving it to a different location but just the same - it comes again and again. I don't think it's something bad but well I can't be too sure and besides I don't want it in my desktop.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 11:10 AM

Most of the search hits I get indicate its malware related.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.38) and save it to your desktop.
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MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

** If Malwarebytes Anti-Malware results in any error messages, please refer to Fixes for common problems and Error Codes. Some issues with errors can be related to malware infection but others are not.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 11:39 AM

I did some more research and found that the file may be related to PopCap Games, a site for free online games. Is that a site you use?

From looking at some logs where this file was found, it appears to have been created the same day that PopCap Games was installed.

In many cases, online gaming sites are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. They can lead to other sites containing malware which you can inadvertently download without knowledge. Users visiting such sites may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. Gaming sites can put you at risk to fraud, phishing and theft of personal data. Even if the gaming site is a clean site, there is always the potential of some type of malware making its way there and then onto your system. In some instances an infection may have caused so much damage to your system that it cannot be successfully cleaned or repaired. In those cases, recovery is not possible and the only option is to reformat/reinstall the OS.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:38 AM

I don't visit that site though i have a popcap game in here which i copied from a friend. It's plants vs zombies if that helps. here is the MBAM log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.37
Database version: 2268
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

6/26/2009 12:35:42 AM
mbam-log-2009-06-26 (00-35-42).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 79867
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 5 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 11:59 AM

If you are using a PopCap Game, then I'd say its the program responsible for creating popcinfot.dat. You can remove the game and that should allow removal of that file or leave it alone knowing its source. Your MBAM log is clean so unless your machine is not running properly or showing signs of infection (browser redirects, pop up warnings, etc) you appear to be ok.

Note: Your Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log indicates you are using an older version of MBAM (v1.37) with an outdated database. If you are going to continue to use it, download and install the most current version (1.38) from here.
You may have to reboot after updating in order to overwrite any "in use" protection module files.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 08:27 PM

I also found a popcinfot.dat in the windows folder. is it normal? (C:\windows\popcinfot.dat)

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 06:26 AM

That seems to be the most common location. Here is an example I found with the files all created on the same date:

c:\docume~1\<usernaem>\applic~1\SpinTop Games
c:\windows\popcreg.dat
c:\windows\popcinfot.dat
c:\docume~1\owner\applic~1\PopCapv1002
c:\docume~1\<usernaem>\applic~1\PopCap Games
c:\program files\PopCap Games
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 01:34 PM

Hi vayne24,

Is the popcinfot.dat successfuly removed from your PC? I have the same problem with my unit.

Hi quietman7,

Do you know what this popcinfo.dat do?

Thanks

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 02:04 PM

Oh by the way,

here's the MBAM-log

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.41
Database version: 2926
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

10/9/2009 3:07:14 AM
mbam-log-2009-10-09 (03-07-13).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 106007
Time elapsed: 33 minute(s), 27 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 32
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{125e9d24-2428-38d2-8e23-804e3275209c}

(Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{2e9937fc-cf2f-4f56-af54-5a6a3dd375cc}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{3f2579e9-ec37-3112-9bde-d2db14e95c32}

(Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{741de825-a6f0-4497-9aa6-8023cf9b0fff}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{cf54be1c-9359-4395-8533-1657cf209cfe}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{e12688ce-9384-28e3-a041-4e1a9ce14506}

(Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\{40b2127e-cc18-37d0-43ca-afa158c64001} (Trojan.BHO)

-> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{d518921a-4a03-425e-9873-b9a71756821e}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Typelib\{98d555cc-a569-43fb-2f43-3a98ccda4b50} (Trojan.BHO)

-> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet

Explorer\SearchScopes\{56256a51-b582-467e-b8d4-7786eda79ae0} (Trojan.Vundo)

-> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{00a6fa

f1-072e-44cf-8957-5838f569a31d} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{00a6fa

f6-072e-44cf-8957-5838f569a31d} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{07b18e

a1-a523-4961-b6bb-170de4475cca} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{07b18e

a9-a523-4961-b6bb-170de4475cca} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{07b18e

ab-a523-4961-b6bb-170de4475cca} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{1d4db7

d2-6ec9-47a3-bd87-1e41684e07bb} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{63d0ed

2c-b45b-4458-8b3b-60c69bbbd83c} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution

Units\{1d4db7d2-6ec9-47a3-bd87-1e41684e07bb} (Adware.MyWebSearch) ->

Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low

Rights\ElevationPolicy\{59c7fc09-1c83-4648-b3e6-003d2bbc7481}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low

Rights\ElevationPolicy\{68af847f-6e91-45dd-9b68-d6a12c30e5d7}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low

Rights\ElevationPolicy\{9170b96c-28d4-4626-8358-27e6caeef907}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low

Rights\ElevationPolicy\{d1a71fa0-ff48-48dd-9b6d-7a13a3e42127}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low

Rights\ElevationPolicy\{ddb1968e-ead6-40fd-8dae-ff14757f60c7}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low

Rights\ElevationPolicy\{f138d901-86f0-4383-99b6-9cdd406036da}

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet

Explorer\SearchScopes\{56256a51-b582-467e-b8d4-7786eda79ae0} (Trojan.Vundo)

-> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\BrowsingEnhancer.dll (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined

and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\BrowsingEnhancer (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\FBrowsingAdvisor (Trojan.FBrowsingAdvisor) ->

Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MediaHoldings (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\PlayMP3 (Adware.PLayMP3z) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low

Rights\RunDll32Policy\f3ScrCtr.dll (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Multimedia\WMPlayer\Schemes\f3pss

(Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet

Explorer\MenuExt\&Search\(default) (Adware.Hotbar) -> Quarantined and deleted

successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\AntiVirusDisableNotify

(Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted

successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center\UpdatesDisableNotify

(Disabled.SecurityCenter) -> Bad: (1) Good: (0) -> Quarantined and deleted

successfully.

Folders Infected:
C:\Program Files\FBrowserAdvisor (Trojan.FBrowsingAdvisor) -> Quarantined and

deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 02:34 PM

As I already advised the file is related to PopCap Games, a site for free online games such as Bejeweled. It is an anti-cheat file.

Some Shareware program vendors incorporate time limit features in the installation routine which are created in the registry to keep a record of how many times a program may be used legally. This is done to prevent folks from using he program after the expiration period. Unfortunately, there are always a few folks who look for ways to circumvent such features so they can continue to use the program beyond that expiration date in order to avoid paying the vendor for using their product. Without providing specific details as to how all this works, all I will say is that the popcinfo.dat file is an additional safeguard to prevent folks from doing this.

If you are using a PopCap Game, then that program is responsible for creating popcinfot.dat. You can remove the game and that should allow removal of that file or leave it alone knowing its source.
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 11:01 AM

So this is not a virus then, then it's okay. Thanks quietman7.

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 10:00 PM

hi guys... im having the same problem too regarding the popcinfot.dat after i downloaded plants vs. zombies. anyways, it's nice knowing that this is not a virus but instead an anti-cheat file... thanks for your help and thanks bleepingcomputer.com =)

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 07:04 AM

You're welcome but keep in mind what I said about gaming sites being a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft.

As such, many users who report finding popcinfo.dat are often victims of a variety of infections and request assistance with malware removal. Helpers provide instructions for using tools to create comprehensive logs for investigative analysis which often show the presence of popcinfo.dat, hence the association of that file with malware.
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