|Type||PUP, adware, browser hijacker|
|Short Description||The product may be associated with suspicious software products.|
|Symptoms||Not clear yet.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, freeware installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By PackEditorTools|
PackEditorTools is a program developed by Tuto4PC. The software is promoted on its official website. However, when we attempted to download the program to see how it works, nothing happened. So, the program is either removed from the page, or it is primarily distributed in freeware installers. This method is known as bundling and is used by developers and advertising agencies for monetary purposes.
PackEditorTools Description and Technical Review
PackEditorTools should provide the user with various free design software products, ‘wrapped all in one’ package. As we already mentioned, the product is powered by Tuto4PC.
According to security research, Tuto4PC is known as an adware browser extension that generates intrusive advertisements such as pop-ups and banners. Tuto4PC may also be capable of modifying the browser’s settings and change the default search provider and home page. These features are typical for browser hijackers. In addition, Tuto4PC may also monitor the user’s online activities through the addition of tracking technologies (beacons, cookies, pixels, identifiers, etc.).
Since PackEditorTools is developed by Tuto4PC, the two products may be distributed in the same package. Keep in mind that Tuto4PC has been reported to contain malicious files.
Our research indicates that malware has been detected in the following files dropped by Tuto4PC:
The domain Tuto4PC(com) has been scanned by the VirusTotal scanner. According to the scan report, one of the latest files downloaded from the page – setup_gmsd_us.exe – has been detected by multiple AV programs. Here is a list of some of the detections:
- Generic.445 (AVG)
- PUA/InstallCore.Gen7 (Avira)
- Win32:Eorezo-DK [PUP] (Avast)
- Adware.Downware.11254 (DrWeb)
- a variant of Win32/Adware.EoRezo.AZ (ESET NOD32)
- PUP.Optional.EORezo (MalwareBytes)
- UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic (Kaspersky)
PackEditorTools Removal Options
The program may appear quite useful. However, due to the bad reputation of Tuto4PC (see above scan report by VirusTotal), the uninstallation of PackEditorTools is recommended.
PackEditorTools may be packed with the Tuto4PC browser extension. The latter has been reported to:
- Install malicious files.
- Automatically start with Windows.
- Promote offers during the setup.
- Generate advertisements not associated with the pages the user is visiting.
- Hijack the browser’s settings.
In short, it may be wise to removal any programs powered by Tuto4PC, PackEditorTools included. To rid the system of any unwanted software and increase the system’s stability, refer to our removal guide.
In addition, don’t forget to update frequently your AV solution, so that it continues to shield your system against the various types of online threats and scams.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall PackEditorTools in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PackEditorTools.
Step 2: Remove PackEditorTools from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select PackEditorTools and click “Remove”
After PackEditorTools is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select PackEditorTools to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After PackEditorTools has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on PackEditorTools
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall PackEditorTools. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the PackEditorTools will be removed.
Step 3: Remove PackEditorTools automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all PackEditorTools associated objects.