This is the Download Manager 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_fuer_super-ad-blocker.exe by Softonic International has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 8 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the Softonic Downloader installer.
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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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AhnLab V3 Security
Antiy Labs AVL
Win32/SoftonicDownloader.A potentially unwanted application
297.8 KB (304,952 bytes)
Executable application (Win32 EXE)
9/7/2009 2:00:00 AM
9/8/2011 1:59:59 AM
CN=Softonic International, OU=Digital ID Class 3 - Microsoft Software Validation v2, O=Softonic International, L=Barcelona, S=Barcelona, C=ES
1/12/2011 9:51:34 AM
280 KB (286,720 bytes)