softonicdownloader_for_file-download-activex.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_file-download-activex.exe by Softonic International has been detected as adware by 18 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:
1.41.1.9

MD5:
a5fbdcfe67e89a83af7124941a39d9b6

SHA-1:
59c4927748cf7d0b6c4980657b219716d2be51ee

SHA-256:
3776b07bf6258ce6877583840a9d870a5236237760a00479415385755eaf9c45

Scanner detections:
18 / 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:
10/21/2017 1:12:00 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Agnitum Outpost
PUA.Downloader
7.1.1

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

AVG
Adware MultiBundle.AJ
2014.0.4189

Baidu Antivirus
Adware.Win32.SoftonicDownloader
4.0.3.14117

Dr.Web
Adware.Downware.5107
9.0.1.05190

ESET NOD32
Win32/SoftonicDownloader.G potentially unwanted application
7.0.302.0

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

G Data
Win32.Adware.Softonic
14.11.24

K7 AntiVirus
Unwanted-Program
13.185.13943

K7 Gateway Antivirus
Unwanted-Program
13.185.13943

Kaspersky
not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.Agent
15.0.0.494

Malwarebytes
PUP.Optional.Softonic.A
v2014.11.07.06

McAfee Web Gateway
BehavesLike.Win32.Downloader.fc
7.6953

NANO AntiVirus
Riskware.Win32.Downware.dbzrzs
0.28.6.62995

Reason Heuristics
Bundler.PPI.Softonic.m
14.11.7.18

Vba32 AntiVirus
Downloader.Agent
3.12.26.3

VIPRE Antivirus
Threat.4150696
34232

Zillya! Antivirus
Downloader.Agent.Win32.201284
2.0.0.1977

File size:
352.4 KB (360,808 bytes)

Product version:
1.41.1.9

Copyright:
Copyright (C) 2014

Original file name:
SoftonicDownloader.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
Softonic Downloader

Language:
Spanish (Spain, International Sort)

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\downloads\softonicdownloader_for_file-download-activex.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:
6/16/2014 1:02:31 PM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
10.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
6144:Rm1RHsGng4rPZdslsCN3LoiLKd+AyhCJThQOYcrar+B37VDKF4PHzoSBYHK0ZJGT:RehsqgiPrslsCN7oimnyhQGO1aqB37B1

Entry address:
0xF1890

Entry point:
60, BE, 00, 50, 4A, 00, 8D, BE, 00, C0, F5, FF, 57, 89, E5, 8D, 9C, 24, 80, C1, FF, FF, 31, C0, 50, 39, DC, 75, FB, 46, 46, 53, 68, ED, F8, 0E, 00, 57, 83, C3, 04, 53, 68, 89, C8, 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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Entropy:
7.9600  (probably packed)

Code size:
312 KB (319,488 bytes)

The file softonicdownloader_for_file-download-activex.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)