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_cheat-engine.exe by Softonic International has been detected as adware by 59 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the Softonic Downloader installer. The file has been seen being downloaded from cheat-engine.en.softonic.com. While running, it connects to the Internet address static.sd.softonic.com on port 80 using the HTTP protocol.
Softonic (signed by Softonic International)
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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.
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.
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349.3 KB (357,704 bytes)
Copyright (C) 2014
Original file name:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)
Spanish (Spain, International Sort)
7/3/2013 2:00:00 AM
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CN=Softonic International, OU=Digital ID Class 3 - Microsoft Software Validation v2, O=Softonic International, L=Barcelona, S=Barcelona, C=ES
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7.9606 (probably packed)
308 KB (315,392 bytes)
The file softonicdownloader_for_cheat-engine.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.