softonicdownloader_para_ares.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_para_ares.exe by Softonic International has been detected as adware by 21 anti-malware scanners. The program is a setup application that uses the Softonic Downloader installer. The file has been seen being downloaded from universal-downloader.softonic.com. While running, it connects to the Internet address www.sft-pre.com on port 80 using the HTTP protocol.
Publisher:
Softonic  (signed by Softonic International)

Product:
Softonic Downloader

Version:
1, 32, 3, 0

MD5:
210e7ca86310831cdc412d19f3c7ad28

SHA-1:
094f851f5c97e39412220d7b8db7aa0c90a561bc

SHA-256:
897d9628d5691bb7c1eea1a0e1262f6e3dab9419b57b39831968b063d3fd9bde

Scanner detections:
21 / 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:
1/19/2018 8:36:15 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Agnitum Outpost
Trojan.Strictor
7.1.1

AhnLab V3 Security
Adware/Win32.Softonic
2013.10.10

Antiy Labs AVL
Trojan/Win32.Patched
2.0.3.7

Baidu Antivirus
Adware.Win32.SoftonicDownloader
4.0.3.1483

Bkav FE
HW32.CDB
1.3.0.4246

Dr.Web
Adware.Downware.82
9.0.1.0215

ESET NOD32
Win32/SoftonicDownloader
8.9658

Fortinet FortiGate
Adware/SoftonicDownloader
8/3/2014

F-Prot
W32/A-1b2ffd18
v6.4.7.1.166

Malwarebytes
PUP.Optional.Softonic.A
v2014.08.03.04

MicroWorld eScan
Win32/SoftonicDownloader.D
15.0.0.645

NANO AntiVirus
Riskware.Win32.Downware.cwfvqw
0.28.0.60253

Norman
Suspicious_Gen4.HLEA
11.20140803

Reason Heuristics
Bundler.PPI.Softonic.CC
14.8.3.16

Rising Antivirus
PE:Malware.Obscure/Heur!1.9E03
23.00.65.14801

SUPERAntiSpyware
PotentiallyUnwanted.SoftonicDownloader
10444

Trend Micro House Call
TROJ_GEN.FCBCBLB
7.2.215

Trend Micro
TROJ_GEN.FCBCBLB
10.465.03

Vba32 AntiVirus
Worm.Trafaret
3.12.24.3

VIPRE Antivirus
Softonic
28186

File size:
312.1 KB (319,552 bytes)

Product version:
1, 32, 3, 0

Copyright:
Copyright (C) 2011

Original file name:
SoftonicDownloader.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
Softonic Downloader

Language:
Spanish

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\downloads\softonicdownloader_para_ares.exe

Digital Signature
Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
9/1/2011 9:00:00 PM

Valid to:
9/6/2013 8:59:59 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:
2A56CB1B389346B3ED08FF404A771E62

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
11/9/2011 7:03:07 AM

OS version:
5.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
9.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
6144:2nlEoWaZknVIaVaHl/c+gLzTwWlAdG+GhOYxfdUv2oSKl3Y:ylEoWlnVIYIlTQzlCqi2oSKdY

Entry address:
0xDBDA0

Entry point:
60, BE, 00, 60, 49, 00, 8D, BE, 00, B0, F6, FF, 57, 89, E5, 8D, 9C, 24, 80, C1, FF, FF, 31, C0, 50, 39, DC, 75, FB, 46, 46, 53, 68, 97, 94, 0D, 00, 57, 83, C3, 04, 53, 68, 94, 5D, 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:
284 KB (290,816 bytes)

The file softonicdownloader_para_ares.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 SSL):
Connects to www.sft-pre.com  (46.28.209.62:443)

TCP (HTTP SSL):
Connects to server-54-230-37-253.jfk1.r.cloudfront.net  (54.230.37.253:443)

TCP (HTTP SSL):
Connects to server-52-85-47-160.mad50.r.cloudfront.net  (52.85.47.160:443)

TCP (HTTP SSL):
Connects to server-54-230-60-16.mad50.r.cloudfront.net  (54.230.60.16:443)

TCP (HTTP SSL):
Connects to server-54-230-37-102.jfk1.r.cloudfront.net  (54.230.37.102:443)

TCP (HTTP SSL):
Connects to server-52-84-74-140.atl52.r.cloudfront.net  (52.84.74.140:443)

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