softonicdownloader_para_microsoft-safety-scanner.exe

Softonic Downloader

Softonic International

This is the Download Manager localized to Espanhol 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_microsoft-safety-scanner.exe by Softonic International has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 14 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:
1.40.7.0

MD5:
f30ac444836f58f17195ea79c50b5220

SHA-1:
984bbd3e349245a81499fdef92adce72481b3a50

SHA-256:
0af56b021b3976004a8e4af419255625a6e6a8cf06770c7d88db595491afb53a

Scanner detections:
14 / 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:
11/20/2018 11:20:29 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Agnitum Outpost
PUA.Softonic
7.1.1

Baidu Antivirus
Adware.Win32.SoftonicDownloader
4.0.3.14718

Bkav FE
W32.Clod543.Trojan
1.3.0.4562

Comodo Security
Application.Win32.Agent.SOFE
18095

Dr.Web
Adware.Downware.2454
9.0.1.0199

ESET NOD32
Win32/SoftonicDownloader (variant)
8.9670

Fortinet FortiGate
Riskware/Softonicdownloader
7/18/2014

herdProtect (fuzzy)
2014.7.18.13

Malwarebytes
PUP.Optional.Softonic.A
v2014.07.18.01

McAfee
Artemis!24C434F566F3
5600.7065

Reason Heuristics
Bundler.PPI.Softonic.q
14.4.19.15

Rising Antivirus
PE:Malware.Obscure/Heur!1.9E03
23.00.65.14716

Trend Micro House Call
TROJ_GEN.F47V0326
7.2.199

VIPRE Antivirus
Softonic Downloader
28214

File size:
377.9 KB (386,920 bytes)

Product version:
1.40.7.0

Copyright:
Copyright (C) 2014

Original file name:
SoftonicDownloader.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Bundler/Installer:
Softonic Downloader

Language:
Espanhol (Espanha, internacional)

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\downloads\softonicdownloader_para_microsoft-safety-scanner.exe

Digital Signature
Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
7/2/2013 9:00:00 PM

Valid to:
10/2/2015 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:
67C1FF44C765ABDA26027A6DCA52BA11

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
4/8/2014 4:52:01 AM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
10.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
6144:nZ99w9e/wB+TRTsOJbSTBfSD+XreW9ZXeRLTBZLpGImcyZItGbSBjfkoSZzHK0Zq:nZ99wWh1s2WXiWXXGUImcyGGoSZO8q

Entry address:
0x52DD40

Entry point:
60, BE, 00, B0, 8D, 00, 8D, BE, 00, 60, B2, FF, 57, 89, E5, 8D, 9C, 24, 80, C1, FF, FF, 31, C0, 50, 39, DC, 75, FB, 46, 46, 53, 68, 00, BA, 52, 00, 57, 83, C3, 04, 53, 68, 38, 2D, 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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Code size:
336 KB (344,064 bytes)

The file softonicdownloader_para_microsoft-safety-scanner.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)