hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe

AnchorFree Inc

This is the downloadable installer to AnchorFree's Hotsopt Shield, an ad-supported VPN client that integrates with the browser. The free version injects ads in the web browser. The installer includes a bundle of various unwanted software including the Conduit web extension and Search Protect which will modify the browser's search pages. The application hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe by AnchorFree Inc has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 3 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the HotspotShield installer.
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Publisher:
AnchorFree Inc  (signed and verified)

MD5:
31e7a479acbf91bea7d584f3abf271e9

SHA-1:
aa7cb225627174d1aa36f3b5e471401780985f82

SHA-256:
824612a906675ecca7bbf0a66416baa65bb7cee852dd9020dbb0084ee45655e2

Scanner detections:
3 / 68

Status:
Potentially unwanted

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

Description:
This is an installer which may bundle legitimate applications with offers for additional 3rd-party applications that may be unwanted by the user. While the installer contains an 'opt-out' feature this is not set be defult and is usually overlooked.

Analysis date:
8/30/2015 9:42:01 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Dr.Web
Adware.Conduit.30
9.0.1.0104

ESET NOD32
Win32/Toolbar.Conduit
8.9536

Reason Heuristics
PUP.Optional.AnchorFree.FF
14.2.16.5

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File size:
5.7 MB (5,948,472 bytes)

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
HotspotShield (using Nullsoft Install System)

Digital Signature
Signed by:

Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
3/28/2011 3:00:00 AM

Valid to:
4/14/2014 2:59:59 AM

Subject:
CN=AnchorFree Inc, OU=Digital ID Class 3 - Microsoft Software Validation v2, O=AnchorFree Inc, L=Sunnyvale, S=California, C=US

Issuer:
CN=VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2010 CA, OU=Terms of use at https://www.verisign.com/rpa (c)10, OU=VeriSign Trust Network, O="VeriSign, Inc.", C=US

Serial number:
68A4A0CC448443C288A22A91D7F82126

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
9/9/2009 4:22:54 PM

OS version:
5.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
9.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
98304:FrvVjkj5xVmfppWPAfzZV5gjalc8aYqzUTgMMnOpu94ySdkow8nlR7B2OCr3djs6:Fzij5WfTWiZvgl8aOTTMnWu94ySPHnlS

Entry address:
0x33FF

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, 70, 85, 40, 00, 89, 6C, 24, 14, FF, 15, 30, 80, 40, 00, 68, 01, 80, 00, 00, FF, 15, B4, 80, 40, 00, 55, FF, 15, B0, 82, 40, 00, 6A, 08, A3, B8, EE, 7E, 00, E8, 67, 27, 00, 00, 55, 68, B4, 02, 00, 00, A3, D0, ED, 7E, 00, 8D, 44, 24, 38, 50, 55, 68, 6C, 85, 40, 00, FF, 15, 80, 81, 40, 00, 68, 54, 85, 40, 00, 68, C0, 6D, 7E, 00, E8, 35, 26, 00, 00, FF, 15, B0, 80, 40, 00, 50, BF, A0, F0, 83, 00, 57, E8, 23, 26, 00, 00...
 
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Entropy:
7.9956

Packer / compiler:
Nullsoft install system v2.x

Code size:
25 KB (25,600 bytes)

The file hss-2.88-install-hss-512-conduit.exe has been seen being distributed by the following 9 URLs.

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