softonicdownloader_for_7-zip.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 application softonicdownloader_for_7-zip.exe by Softonic International has been detected as adware by 33 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the Softonic Downloader installer. The file has been seen being downloaded from 7-zip.softonic.fr. While running, it connects to the Internet address static.sd.softonic.com on port 80 using the HTTP protocol.
Publisher:
Softonic  (signed by Softonic International)

Product:
Softonic Downloader

Version:
1.41.3.5

MD5:
ba811e9d7640c9e98a40f68cd0aa601d

SHA-1:
2be61bb4f805b80f8c4597698d9a4720d6cf9a80

SHA-256:
d046d8c8c6610dd49b6b7cd488c379b45a4a05b11ca54eedc64aa9811af0acd2

Scanner detections:
33 / 68

Status:
Adware

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:
7/17/2018 5:05:46 AM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Agnitum Outpost
PUA.Downloader
7.1.1

Avira AntiVirus
APPL/SoftonicDldr.bxib.1
7.11.164.2

Antiy Labs AVL
GrayWare[Downloader:not-a-virus]/Win32.Agent.bxib
1.0.0.1

AVG
MultiBundle
2017.0.2835

Baidu Antivirus
Adware.Win32.SoftonicDownloader
4.0.3.16212

CMC Antivirus
Trojan.Win32.Scar!O
1.1.0.977

Comodo Security
UnclassifiedMalware
18971

Dr.Web
Adware.Downware.5743
9.0.1.043

ESET NOD32
Win32/SoftonicDownloader (variant)
10.10073

Fortinet FortiGate
Riskware/Agent
2/12/2016

F-Prot
W32/Softonic.C2.gen
v6.4.7.1.166

G Data
Win32.Adware.Softonic
16.2.24

IKARUS anti.virus
PUA.Softonic
t3scan.1.6.1.0

K7 AntiVirus
Unwanted-Program
13.180.12672

K7 Gateway Antivirus
Unwanted-Program
13.180.12672

Kaspersky
not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.Agent
14.0.0.671

Kingsoft AntiVirus
Win32.Troj.DownAgent.bx.(kcloud)
331020.49267

Malwarebytes
PUP.Optional.Softonic.A
v2016.02.12.08

McAfee
Artemis!8A6951843FA3
5600.6491

McAfee Web Gateway
Artemis!8A6951843FA3
7.6491

NANO AntiVirus
Trojan.Win32.Agent.dchxde
0.28.2.60990

Panda Antivirus
Trj/Chgt.A
16.02.12.08

Qihoo 360 Security
Win32/Virus.Downloader.cf7
1.0.0.1015

Quick Heal
Downloader.Agent.r3 (Not a Virus)
2.16.14.00

Reason Heuristics
Bundler.SoftonicDownloader (M)
16.2.12.20

Rising Antivirus
PE:Malware.Obscure/Heur!1.9E03
23.00.65.16210

SUPERAntiSpyware
Adware.Softonic/Variant
9327

Total Defense
Win32/Tnega.NDWeQOD
37.0.11211

Trend Micro House Call
TROJ_SPNR.08KI14
7.2.43

Trend Micro
TROJ_SPNR.08KI14
10.465.12

Vba32 AntiVirus
Downloader.Agent
3.12.26.3

VIPRE Antivirus
Softonic Downloader
31140

Zillya! Antivirus
Downloader.Agent.Win32.202187
2.0.0.1994

File size:
358.7 KB (367,264 bytes)

Product version:
1.41.3.5

Copyright:
Copyright (C) 2014

Original file name:
SoftonicDownloader.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
Softonic Downloader

Language:
Spanish

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\downloads\softonicdownloader_for_7-zip.exe

Digital Signature
Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
7/3/2013 2:00:00 AM

Valid to:
10/3/2015 1:59:59 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:
67C1FF44C765ABDA26027A6DCA52BA11

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
7/23/2014 10:01:45 AM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
10.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
6144:sGBj8Xn74X8M0rp/04R7Um6Kc/2dvEIUMkeXammIPkMeoVaoSrIiB2Iaw:flS8X8hs4Rwo0a1xqDOehoSr/X

Entry address:
0xF7080

Entry point:
60, BE, 00, 90, 4A, 00, 8D, BE, 00, 80, F5, FF, 57, 89, E5, 8D, 9C, 24, 80, C1, FF, FF, 31, C0, 50, 39, DC, 75, FB, 46, 46, 53, 68, 08, 59, 0F, 00, 57, 83, C3, 04, 53, 68, 72, E0, 04, 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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Code size:
316 KB (323,584 bytes)

The file softonicdownloader_for_7-zip.exe has been seen being distributed by the following URL.

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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