xmascottage.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 xmascottage.exe 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.iq5download.com.
Publisher:
W3i, LLC  (signed and verified)

Product:
InstallIQ Installation Utility

Version:
2.103.1.0

MD5:
6a0fc810cb95429a5758ac4d10e787ee

SHA-1:
1500a74fcff991d73ad8e3a2d891bd92cf827ac3

SHA-256:
3e09639ca18b64529c747e73880bef29de904cf6fda4350dd8651dffd8310feb

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:
9/20/2018 5:56:33 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.InstallX.W3i.Installer (M)
16.6.4.3

File size:
1.6 MB (1,625,792 bytes)

Product version:
2.103.1.0

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\xmascottage.exe

Digital Signature
Signed by:

Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
6/18/2011 5:00:00 PM

Valid to:
7/1/2013 4:59:59 PM

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 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:
6A5D73F262C38BBD4578AB6AD713318D

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
11/7/2011 2:11:05 PM

OS version:
5.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
9.0

CTPH (ssdeep):
49152:8RfPYL8WKHE6VeLyeziNxVzwCmsTdyarL:8dKjFuxVzWm

Entry address:
0x41B54

Entry point:
E8, 9A, 9E, 00, 00, E9, 78, FE, FF, FF, 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, 4C, 24, 04...
 
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Entropy:
6.9892

Code size:
946 KB (968,704 bytes)

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