softonicdownloader_for_a-bootable-usb.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_a-bootable-usb.exe by Softonic International has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 11 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:
1.40.5.0

MD5:
9c15f8959274e0b21ddb5e99bc81d6a0

SHA-1:
bfbd7e00814d9071b2d932d35423f21e1ee96605

SHA-256:
3a79ee99fcffd40c10b2ff9c3db78c726417cd61cfb1cca162da361392e37a31

Scanner detections:
11 / 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:
11/24/2017 8:54:10 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Agnitum Outpost
PUA.Softonic
7.1.1

avast!
Win32:Malware-gen
2014.9-140718

Baidu Antivirus
Adware.Win32.SoftonicDownloader
4.0.3.14421

Comodo Security
Application.Win32.Agent.SOFE
17982

Dr.Web
Adware.Downware.2320
9.0.1.0111

ESET NOD32
Win32/SoftonicDownloader (variant)
8.9581

Malwarebytes
PUP.Optional.Softonic.A
v2014.04.21.03

Reason Heuristics
Bundler.PPI.Softonic.f
14.4.21.15

Rising Antivirus
PE:Malware.Obscure/Heur!1.9E03
23.00.65.14419

VIPRE Antivirus
Softonic Downloader
27690

File size:
380.3 KB (389,456 bytes)

Product version:
1.40.5.0

Copyright:
Copyright (C) 2014

Original file name:
SoftonicDownloader.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
Softonic Downloader

Language:
Spanish (Spain, International Sort)

Digital Signature
Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
7/3/2013 10:00:00 AM

Valid to:
10/3/2015 9:59:59 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:
3/11/2014 2:49:11 AM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
10.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
6144:eQlvw8Yk8qr5oLujAKwREpABAiTimQlp0Z04cKmtvp6zvtQkoS8ZAK0ZJGx:5l0/i5suqccum+V4cLk7LoS8l8U

Entry address:
0x152760

Entry point:
60, BE, 00, F0, 4F, 00, 8D, BE, 00, 20, F0, FF, 57, 89, E5, 8D, 9C, 24, 80, C1, FF, FF, 31, C0, 50, 39, DC, 75, FB, 46, 46, 53, 68, 00, 0A, 15, 00, 57, 83, C3, 04, 53, 68, 5C, 37, 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:
7.9634  (probably packed)

Code size:
340 KB (348,160 bytes)

The file softonicdownloader_for_a-bootable-usb.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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