TBNotifier.exe

Ask TBNotifier

APN LLC

This is a component of the Ask.com toolbar, a browser extension that will modify the default web browser's search provider, home page and various other settings. The application TBNotifier.exe, “Ask Toolbar Notifier” by APN has been detected as a potentially unwanted program by 1 anti-malware scanner with very strong indications that the file is a potential threat. It is set to automatically execute when any user logs into Windows (through the local user run registry setting) with the name ‘ApnTBMon’. Additionally, the file is typically installed by a number of programs including Search App by Ask by APN, LLC and Teoma Media Search App by APN, LLC, both potentially unwanted software.
Publisher:
APN  (signed by APN LLC)

Product:
Ask TBNotifier

Description:
Ask Toolbar Notifier

Version:
33.11.0.8284

MD5:
f99810f040dacbfa16b2842c166543b5

SHA-1:
ca2baa07433014f17580cff167ab14b6f82656e2

SHA-256:
a78962e3ebde2876ba49ba646207c622e7dd4e66b0222108be06b6c49de5ab22

Scanner detections:
1 / 68

Status:
Potentially unwanted

Note:
Our current pool of anti-malware engines have not currently detected this file, however based on our own detection heuristics we feel that this file is unwanted.

Analysis date:
5/24/2018 3:41:13 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.Ask (M)
16.10.7.23

File size:
1.8 MB (1,928,776 bytes)

Product version:
33.11.0.8284

Copyright:
© 2016 APN, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Original file name:
TBNotifier.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Language:
English (United States)

Common path:
C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\atu3-tmg\source\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\tbnotifier.exe

Digital Signature
Signed by:

Authority:
Symantec Corporation

Valid from:
12/2/2015 7:00:00 PM

Valid to:
5/27/2018 6:59:59 PM

Subject:
CN=APN LLC, O=APN LLC, L=Oakland, S=California, C=US

Issuer:
CN=Symantec Class 3 SHA256 Code Signing CA, OU=Symantec Trust Network, O=Symantec Corporation, C=US

Serial number:
76A1FC71CE00683A2B887A2CFA2F5D6B

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
10/4/2016 2:36:52 PM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
12.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
24576:dI76GF5sIMdXDx+pIGdN0hdoUo9VDlAsha5Y4jmz1m5qlP2pV9+NuMZmyD13o:jGIIMdmTUoAsI59jc1uq8pV9+gMB53o

Entry address:
0x10F261

Entry point:
E8, E6, 00, 01, 00, E9, 7F, FE, FF, FF, CC, CC, CC, CC, CC, 8B, 4C, 24, 04, F7, C1, 03, 00, 00, 00, 74, 24, 8A, 01, 83, C1, 01, 84, C0, 74, 4E, F7, C1, 03, 00, 00, 00, 75, EF, 05, 00, 00, 00, 00, 8D, A4, 24, 00, 00, 00, 00, 8D, A4, 24, 00, 00, 00, 00, 8B, 01, BA, FF, FE, FE, 7E, 03, D0, 83, F0, FF, 33, C2, 83, C1, 04, A9, 00, 01, 01, 81, 74, E8, 8B, 41, FC, 84, C0, 74, 32, 84, E4, 74, 24, A9, 00, 00, FF, 00, 74, 13, A9, 00, 00, 00, FF, 74, 02, EB, CD, 8D, 41, FF, 8B, 4C, 24, 04, 2B, C1, C3, 8D, 41, FE, 8B...
 
[+]

Entropy:
6.4268

Code size:
1.2 MB (1,282,048 bytes)

Startup File (All Users Run)
Registry location:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Name:
ApnTBMon

Command:
"C:\Program Files\askpartnernetwork\toolbar\updater\tbnotifier.exe"


The file TBNotifier.exe has been discovered within the following programs.

Ask Shopping Toolbar  by APN LLC
This is an Ask.com ad-injection toolbar that is bundled with various 3rd-party programs and installers. From the site: "The enhanced shopping search experience includes rich content, a variety of product listings, and visual product search results.
help.ask.com/link/portal/30015/30018/Article/227/What-features-does-the-Shopping-Toolbar-by-Ask-offer
79% remove it
Ask Toolbar  by APN LLC
The Ask Toolbar is a web browser extension and toolbar that delivers contextual based advertising as well as modify the user's web browser home and search pages to provide advertising and search.
apn.ask.com
74% remove it
68% remove it
Avira SearchFree Toolbar  by Avira GmbH
The Avira SearchFree Toolbar is a web browser toolbar and extension that modifies the browsers search and home pages as well as delivers contextual based advertising. This toolbar currently supports Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.
www.avira.com/en/avira-searchfree-toolbar
76% remove it
69% remove it
Search App by Ask  by APN, LLC
Publisher's description - “Quixey and Ask have entered into a deal in which apps from Quixey’s database, whether for mobile or the PC, will be integrated into search results. It’s going live today and should be rolling out now, although it’s not yet live for me.”
www.apn.ask.com/products/toolbars
84% remove it
Shopping App by Ask  by APN, LLC
Publisher's description - “The Shopping Toolbar by Ask has the single purpose of enhancing a user’s online shopping experience by offering an enhanced shopping search experience, links to popular shopping sites and/or additional content such as coupons, special offers and the latest deals from many merchants.”
79% remove it
Teoma Media Search App  by APN, LLC
61% remove it
 
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The executing file has been seen to make the following network communications in live environments.

TCP (HTTP):
Connects to 74.113.233.187.df.iaccap.com  (74.113.233.187:80)

TCP (HTTP):
Connects to 199.36.100.106.df.iacapn.com  (199.36.100.106:80)

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Connects to a195-249-209-138.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com  (195.249.209.138:80)

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Connects to a195-249-50-33.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com  (195.249.50.33:80)

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Connects to 74.113.237.189.lv.iaccap.com  (74.113.237.189:80)

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Connects to a104-81-117-29.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com  (104.81.117.29:80)

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Connects to 199.36.102.106.df.iacapn.com  (199.36.102.106:80)

TCP (HTTP):
Connects to porta41.akamai.as28624.oops.net.br  (201.54.172.41:80)

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Connects to mx-ll-110.164.11-152.static.3bb.co.th  (110.164.11.152:80)

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Connects to bb7b78b8.virtua.com.br  (187.123.120.184:80)

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Connects to a23-57-229-163.deploy.static.akamaitechnologies.com  (23.57.229.163:80)

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