guardbox.exe

Guardbox

ClientConnect LTD

The file belongs to the ClientConnect (Conduit/Perion) platform, a utility that bundles and monetizes search toolbars and browser add-ons. The application guardbox.exe by ClientConnect has been detected as adware by 1 anti-malware scanner with very strong indications that the file is a potential threat. The program is a setup application that uses the NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) installer. It is also typically executed from an Internet Explorer cache folder. While running, it connects to the Internet address cms.dmccint.com on port 80 using the HTTP protocol.
Publisher:
Client Connect Ltd.  (signed by ClientConnect LTD)

Product:
Guardbox

Version:
1.4.1.9

MD5:
e27aac3457d6a5b530e55ed4c617f717

SHA-1:
c8561301c7e5c322310ecbbc9278d8ab04c967a4

SHA-256:
52910f866596ef853868f7dd7d1530b88ddf5ce7136e2ea13849230369f3c842

Scanner detections:
1 / 68

Status:
Adware

Explanation:
Bundles the Conduit Toolbar and/or Conduit Search Protect.

Analysis date:
8/12/2020 7:28:41 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.Conduit (M)
17.1.27.14

File size:
3.5 MB (3,631,504 bytes)

Product version:
1.4.1.9

Copyright:
© 2014 ClientConnect Ltd.

Original file name:
Guardbox

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Installer:
NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System)

Language:
English (United States)

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\temporary internet files\content.ie5\{random}\guardbox.exe

Digital Signature
Authority:
Symantec Corporation

Valid from:
7/9/2014 3:00:00 AM

Valid to:
7/10/2016 2:59:59 AM

Subject:
CN=ClientConnect LTD, OU=Guardbox, O=ClientConnect LTD, L=Ness Ziona, S=Israel, C=IL

Issuer:
CN=Symantec Class 3 SHA256 Code Signing CA, OU=Symantec Trust Network, O=Symantec Corporation, C=US

Serial number:
3215FFC06E15A37E45F6521CECC8C3BD

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
9/26/2011 4:21:33 PM

OS version:
5.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
10.0

Entry address:
0x39E3

Entry point:
81, EC, D4, 02, 00, 00, 53, 55, 56, 57, 6A, 20, 33, ED, 5E, 89, 6C, 24, 18, C7, 44, 24, 10, D8, 91, 40, 00, 89, 6C, 24, 14, FF, 15, 30, 80, 40, 00, 68, 01, 80, 00, 00, FF, 15, B8, 80, 40, 00, 55, FF, 15, C0, 82, 40, 00, 6A, 08, A3, B8, 2E, 47, 00, E8, 37, 2A, 00, 00, 55, 68, B4, 02, 00, 00, A3, D0, 2D, 47, 00, 8D, 44, 24, 38, 50, 55, 68, 1C, 93, 40, 00, FF, 15, 84, 81, 40, 00, 68, 04, 93, 40, 00, 68, C0, AD, 46, 00, E8, 19, 27, 00, 00, FF, 15, B4, 80, 40, 00, 50, BF, A0, 30, 4C, 00, 57, E8, 07, 27, 00, 00...
 
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Entropy:
7.9984

Packer / compiler:
Nullsoft install system v2.x

Code size:
28 KB (28,672 bytes)

The executing file has been seen to make the following network communication in live environments.

TCP (HTTP):
Connects to cms.dmccint.com  (23.67.242.80:80)

 
http://cms.dmccint.com/DynamicOffer/564511273/564532396/?mainofferId=564507839&CurrentStep=2&TotalSteps=4&DownloadBrowser=IE&CType=-1&UserMode=-1&DMVersion=1.3.6.64.564531262.01&Language=US-EN

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