SoftonicDownloader.exe

Softonic Downloader

Softonic International

This is the Download Manager localized to Spanish that bundles the original software from the Softonic.com web site along with additional offers, mostly ad-supported browser extensions and utilities. While the original product is most likely clean, the Softonic Downloader is considered a PUP. The file SoftonicDownloader.exe by Softonic International has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 14 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the Softonic Downloader installer.
Publisher:
Softonic   (signed by Softonic International)

Product:
Softonic Downloader

Version:
1.40.6.0

MD5:
0ee34034a202aea1cc569d2ffbb59e3b

SHA-1:
26b08c424bb6f1196741f6f3b1ad71d2c4b84186

SHA-256:
0d76fac77c731498fe347c1aa0295ac0bc5358fb7d7985037747f0d669d89338

Scanner detections:
14 / 68

Status:
Potentially unwanted

Explanation:
Softonic Downloader is a download and install manager that provides users to the Softonic web site the ability to download 3rd-party software. During the installation the installer will show sponsored offers such as adware type toolbars and web browser extensions as well as other potentially unwanted applications. This type of software is typically known as an adware co-bundler. The downloader does not modify the original software.

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:
9/19/2018 8:30:36 AM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Agnitum Outpost
PUA.Softonic
7.1.1

Baidu Antivirus
Adware.Win32.SoftonicDownloader
4.0.3.14413

Bkav FE
W32.Clod543.Trojan
1.3.0.4562

Comodo Security
Application.Win32.Agent.SOFE
18068

Dr.Web
Adware.Downware.2454
9.0.1.0103

ESET NOD32
Win32/SoftonicDownloader (variant)
8.9649

Fortinet FortiGate
Riskware/Softonicdownloader
4/13/2014

Malwarebytes
PUP.Optional.Softonic.A
v2014.04.13.01

McAfee
Artemis!0EE34034A202
5600.7161

McAfee Web Gateway
Artemis!0EE34034A202
7.7161

Reason Heuristics
Bundler.PPI.Softonic.m
14.4.13.13

Rising Antivirus
PE:Malware.Obscure/Heur!1.9E03
23.00.65.14411

Trend Micro House Call
TROJ_GEN.F47V0326
7.2.103

VIPRE Antivirus
Softonic Downloader
28120

File size:
377.8 KB (386,904 bytes)

Product version:
1.40.6.0

Copyright:
Copyright (C) 2014

Original file name:
SoftonicDownloader.exe

Bundler/Installer:
Softonic Downloader

Language:
Spanish (Spain, International Sort)

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

Digital Signature
Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
7/2/2013 8:00:00 PM

Valid to:
10/2/2015 7:59:59 PM

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:
67C1FF44C765ABDA26027A6DCA52BA11

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
3/24/2014 11:50:33 AM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
10.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
6144:Rp/+u6pKpXQoVqfBP1J7xTy04vFaIvI66zZuOP/rDt4iAUKFCx8NVlMW8eGoSyjV:W1cBQzJ7hy0UwfHaNDVlfGoSy/8S

Entry address:
0x52CC70

Entry point:
60, BE, 00, A0, 8D, 00, 8D, BE, 00, 70, B2, FF, 57, 89, E5, 8D, 9C, 24, 80, C1, FF, FF, 31, C0, 50, 39, DC, 75, FB, 46, 46, 53, 68, 00, AA, 52, 00, 57, 83, C3, 04, 53, 68, 5F, 2C, 05, 00, 56, 83, C3, 04, 53, 50, C7, 03, 03, 00, 02, 00, 90, 90, 90, 90, 90, 55, 57, 56, 53, 83, EC, 7C, 8B, 94, 24, 90, 00, 00, 00, C7, 44, 24, 74, 00, 00, 00, 00, C6, 44, 24, 73, 00, 8B, AC, 24, 9C, 00, 00, 00, 8D, 42, 04, 89, 44, 24, 78, B8, 01, 00, 00, 00, 0F, B6, 4A, 02, 89, C3, D3, E3, 89, D9, 49, 89, 4C, 24, 6C, 0F, B6, 4A...
 
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Entropy:
7.9619  (probably packed)

Code size:
336 KB (344,064 bytes)

The file SoftonicDownloader.exe has been seen being distributed by the following 2 URLs.

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

TCP (HTTP):
Connects to static.sd.softonic.com  (46.28.209.70:80)

TCP (HTTP):
Connects to screenshots.com.sftcdn.net  (46.28.209.55:80)

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