hss-2.88-install-softonic-387-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-softonic-387-conduit.exe by AnchorFree Inc has been detected as a potentially unwanted program 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 HotspotShield installer.
Publisher:
AnchorFree Inc  (signed and verified)

MD5:
3eb0f12d8290bf74b0429615bdb8e8be

SHA-1:
666fd10b88d2dd16e99b3d08910c1b30e20f5d40

SHA-256:
8d6fe01f69471efd28628d53f585a357b9be69a00365a1d0f7a556609c5a1b99

Scanner detections:
1 / 68

Status:
Potentially unwanted

Description:
This 'download manager' is also considered bundleware, a utility designed to download software (possibly legitimate or opensource) and bundle it with a number of optional offers including ad-supported utilities, toolbars, shopping comparison tools and browser extensions.

Analysis date:
12/11/2017 10:59:52 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.AnchorFree.Bundler.Meta (L)
16.6.10.9

File size:
5.7 MB (5,948,488 bytes)

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
HotspotShield (using Nullsoft Install System)

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\downloads\hss-2.88-install-softonic-387-conduit.exe

Digital Signature
Signed by:

Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
3/27/2011 6:00:00 PM

Valid to:
4/13/2014 5:59:59 PM

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 7:22:54 AM

OS version:
5.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
9.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
98304:+rWVjkj5xVmfppWPAfzZV5gjalc8aYqzUTgMMnOpu94ySdkow8nlR7B2OCr3djsI:+yij5WfTWiZvgl8aOTTMnWu94ySPHnlQ

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-softonic-387-conduit.exe has been seen being distributed by the following 9 URLs.

http://fs3.en.pcfavour.info/.../HSS-2.88-install-en.pcfavour.info.exe

http://download775.mediafire.com/2b795m0657fg/.../HSS-2.88-install-softonic-387-conduit.exe

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