InstallIQ.exe

InstallIQ Installation Utility

InstallX, LLC

The InstallIQ (InstallX) installation program is a co-bundle stub that devlivers software monetization offers during installation. These offers include web browser toolbars and extensions. The application InstallIQ.exe by InstallX has been detected as adware by 17 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the InstallIQ Installation Manager installer. The file has been seen being downloaded from dl8.iq8download.com and multiple other hosts.
Publisher:
InstallX, LLC  (signed and verified)

Product:
InstallIQ Installation Utility

Version:
2.139.0.0

MD5:
81728d8cf5bf1aaf0a58d7c0d8d57529

SHA-1:
435209e15fdebab21ae28e80d2d28b5c8a627f7d

SHA-256:
02a623016a509fa7ee071a07d768a09963fc5e12d9de15b9d1d0d654b5849b76

Scanner detections:
17 / 68

Status:
Adware

Explanation:
InstallIQ is a bundled offer download and install manager that is designed to show sponsored offers during installation that typically includes adware type toolbars, browser extensions and plugin or other potentially unwanted software along with the promised application.

Description:
This is also known as bundleware, or downloadware, which is an downloader designed to simply deliver ad-supported offers in the setup routine of an otherwise legitimate software.

Analysis date:
6/23/2018 1:19:46 AM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Avira AntiVirus
APPL/InstallIQ.Gen5
7.11.141.200

avast!
Win32:Malware-gen
2014.9-140409

AVG
MalSign.Generic
2015.0.3509

Boost by Reason
Optional.InstallX.J
188838

Comodo Security
Application.Win32.InstallIQ.B
18069

Dr.Web
Adware.W3i.32
9.0.1.099

ESET NOD32
Win32/InstallIQ (variant)
8.9649

G Data
Win32.Trojan.Agent.SNXWO6
14.4.24

IKARUS anti.virus
Win32.Malware
t3scan.1.6.1.0

Malwarebytes
PUP.Optional.InstallIQ
v2014.04.09.06

McAfee
Artemis!81728D8CF5BF
5600.7165

McAfee Web Gateway
Artemis!81728D8CF5BF
7.7165

NANO AntiVirus
Riskware.Win32.Searcher.csnymk
0.28.0.59048

Reason Heuristics
PUP.Installer.InstallX.J
14.9.30.13

Rising Antivirus
PE:PUF.InstallIQ!1.9E4F
23.00.65.14407

Trend Micro House Call
TROJ_GEN.F47V0406
7.2.99

VIPRE Antivirus
InstallIQ Installer
28120

File size:
2 MB (2,048,080 bytes)

Product version:
2.139.0.0

Copyright:
Copyright ©2013 InstallX, LLC. All rights reserved.

Original file name:
InstallIQ.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
InstallIQ Installation Manager

Language:
English (United States)

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\downloads\installiq.exe

Digital Signature
Signed by:

Authority:
DigiCert Inc

Valid from:
3/20/2014 8:00:00 PM

Valid to:
4/8/2015 8:00:00 AM

Subject:
CN="InstallX, LLC", O="InstallX, LLC", L=Sartell, S=Minnesota, C=US

Issuer:
CN=DigiCert Assured ID Code Signing CA-1, OU=www.digicert.com, O=DigiCert Inc, C=US

Serial number:
0F4D188192318D28510FC886CBB855E6

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
4/3/2014 3:51:18 PM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
11.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
49152:FrGfgZ3+lRP5kRtJBR7BL75jIhT1mZUgJ:tGfgd+jWRtJP7TjQw

Entry address:
0xF929

Entry point:
E8, A5, A1, 00, 00, E9, 00, 00, 00, 00, 6A, 14, 68, D0, 5F, 58, 00, E8, E1, 60, 00, 00, E8, A9, 83, 00, 00, 0F, B7, F0, 6A, 02, E8, 38, A1, 00, 00, 59, B8, 4D, 5A, 00, 00, 66, 39, 05, 00, 00, 40, 00, 74, 04, 33, DB, EB, 33, A1, 3C, 00, 40, 00, 81, B8, 00, 00, 40, 00, 50, 45, 00, 00, 75, EB, B9, 0B, 01, 00, 00, 66, 39, 88, 18, 00, 40, 00, 75, DD, 33, DB, 83, B8, 74, 00, 40, 00, 0E, 76, 09, 39, 98, E8, 00, 40, 00, 0F, 95, C3, 89, 5D, E4, E8, C5, 7D, 00, 00, 85, C0, 75, 08, 6A, 1C, E8, DC, 00, 00, 00, 59, E8...
 
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Entropy:
6.7708

Packer / compiler:
PEQuake V0.06

Code size:
1.2 MB (1,297,408 bytes)

The file InstallIQ.exe has been seen being distributed by the following 4 URLs.

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