Softonic.exe

Softonic International

The application Softonic.exe by Softonic International 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 Softonic Downloader installer. It is set to automatically start when a user logs into Windows via the current user run registry key under the display name ‘Softonic for Windows’. This file is typically installed with the program Softonic for Windows by Softonic International S.L..
Publisher:
Softonic  (signed by Softonic International)

Product:
Softonic

Version:
1, 5, 11, 0

MD5:
55abf8951e25625fd5555bf362e46549

SHA-1:
ef0505c659b245f1bac0d5c45f0ce0e7a47c4fa9

SHA-256:
1a137a73645e3f1545308b4a5300e4a79b8a107e4f8c1938b2874b0eb9646df9

Scanner detections:
1 / 68

Status:
Potentially unwanted

Note:
Our current pool of anti-malware engines have not currently detected this file, however based on our own detection heuristics we feel that this file is 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:
9/29/2020 10:56:30 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.Softonic (M)
17.3.16.8

File size:
4 MB (4,170,224 bytes)

Product version:
1, 5, 11, 0

Copyright:
Copyright (C) 2012

Original file name:
Softonic.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
Softonic Downloader

Language:
Spanish

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\appdata\local\softonic\softonic.exe

Digital Signature
Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
9/2/2011 1:00:00 AM

Valid to:
9/7/2013 12:59:59 AM

Subject:
CN=Softonic International, OU=Digital ID Class 3 - Microsoft Software Validation v2, O=Softonic International, L=Barcelona, S=Barcelona, C=ES

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:
2A56CB1B389346B3ED08FF404A771E62

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
5/26/2014 8:58:17 AM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
10.0

Entry address:
0x19026C

Entry point:
E8, D9, 03, 01, 00, E9, 89, FE, FF, FF, 8B, FF, 55, 8B, EC, 51, 83, 65, FC, 00, 56, 8D, 45, FC, 50, FF, 75, 0C, FF, 75, 08, E8, 55, 04, 01, 00, 8B, F0, 83, C4, 0C, 85, F6, 75, 18, 39, 45, FC, 74, 13, E8, 8C, 24, 00, 00, 85, C0, 74, 0A, E8, 83, 24, 00, 00, 8B, 4D, FC, 89, 08, 8B, C6, 5E, C9, C3, CC, CC, CC, CC, CC, CC, CC, CC, CC, CC, 8B, 54, 24, 0C, 8B, 4C, 24, 04, 85, D2, 74, 69, 33, C0, 8A, 44, 24, 08, 84, C0, 75, 16, 81, FA, 80, 00, 00, 00, 72, 0E, 83, 3D, 80, 74, 77, 00, 00, 74, 05, E9, 7B, 04, 01, 00...
 
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Code size:
2.6 MB (2,678,272 bytes)

Startup File (User Run)
Registry location:
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Name:
Softonic for Windows

Command:
"C:\users\{user}\appdata\local\softonic\softonic.exe" -minimize


The file Softonic.exe has been discovered within the following program.

Softonic for Windows  by Softonic International S.L.
Publisher's description - “Discover great software as well as amazing editorial reviews, tips, tutorials and videos right on your PC desktop. It doesn’t matter what you use your PC for, with Softonic you will be able to find new software from the huge selection of the Softonic catalogue.”
en.softonic.com/about
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