whales.exe

InstallIQ Installation Utility

W3i, LLC

The InstallIQ (InstallX) installation program is a co-bundle stub that devlivers software monetization offers during installation. These offers include web browser toolbars and extensions. The application whales.exe, “Installation Utility” by W3i has been detected as adware by 1 anti-malware scanner with very strong indications that the file is a potential threat. The file has been seen being downloaded from dl2.cdn4-downloads.com.
Publisher:
W3i, LLC  (signed and verified)

Product:
InstallIQ Installation Utility

Description:
Installation Utility

Version:
1.89.0.0

MD5:
cbaa93868ac42dc7b8ad8a1f8f27d8cd

SHA-1:
eb79756c027a1f0e1fef68af7eb84d52b74d0f61

SHA-256:
a2c9663975aa9b3098b01113577981489af59e5d4c607857090798a3d655a091

Scanner detections:
1 / 68

Status:
Adware

Explanation:
InstallIQ is a bundled offer download and install manager that is designed to show sponsored offers during installation that typically includes adware type toolbars, browser extensions and plugin or other potentially unwanted software along with the promised application.

Analysis date:
12/17/2018 9:54:25 AM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.InstallX.W3i.Installer (M)
16.3.18.19

File size:
2.1 MB (2,181,752 bytes)

Product version:
1.89.0.0

Copyright:
Copyright ©2011 W3i Holdings, LLC. All rights reserved.

Original file name:
InstallIQ.exe

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Language:
English (United States)

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

Digital Signature
Signed by:

Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
5/19/2009 4:00:00 AM

Valid to:
7/3/2011 3:59:59 AM

Subject:
CN="W3i, LLC", OU=Digital ID Class 3 - Microsoft Software Validation v2, O="W3i, LLC", L=Sartell, S=Minnesota, C=US

Issuer:
CN=VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2004 CA, OU=Terms of use at https://www.verisign.com/rpa (c)04, OU=VeriSign Trust Network, O="VeriSign, Inc.", C=US

Serial number:
7393AD65DF71BF83C8882420F2FE0A56

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
1/11/2011 9:21:22 PM

OS version:
5.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
9.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
49152:b4JGLkAjNws0Ci+zSDPm+wIRyc02TiPHH3:RYiNOr+H+wCyDVHH3

Entry address:
0xFD89A

Entry point:
E8, D9, C3, 00, 00, E9, 78, FE, FF, FF, 8B, FF, 55, 8B, EC, 6A, 0A, 6A, 00, FF, 75, 08, E8, 06, 63, 00, 00, 83, C4, 0C, 5D, C3, 8B, FF, 55, 8B, EC, 5D, E9, DF, FF, FF, FF, 8B, FF, 55, 8B, EC, 83, EC, 10, FF, 75, 0C, 8D, 4D, F0, E8, 28, EC, FF, FF, 8B, 45, F0, 83, B8, AC, 00, 00, 00, 01, 7E, 16, 8D, 45, F0, 50, 68, 03, 01, 00, 00, FF, 75, 08, E8, 19, C4, 00, 00, 83, C4, 0C, EB, 12, 8B, 80, C8, 00, 00, 00, 8B, 4D, 08, 0F, B7, 04, 48, 25, 03, 01, 00, 00, 80, 7D, FC, 00, 74, 07, 8B, 4D, F8, 83, 61, 70, FD, C9...
 
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Entropy:
6.8543

Code size:
1.2 MB (1,302,528 bytes)

The file whales.exe has been seen being distributed by the following URL.

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