sparklebox.exe

Toolbar

ClientConnect LTD

The file belongs to the ClientConnect (Conduit/Perion) platform, a utility that bundles and monetizes search toolbars and browser add-ons. The application sparklebox.exe, “SparkleBox Toolbar” by ClientConnect has been detected as adware by 1 anti-malware scanner with very strong indications that the file is a potential threat. The program is a setup application that uses the NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) installer. It is also typically executed from the user's temporary directory. While running, it connects to the Internet address cms.dmccint.com on port 80 using the HTTP protocol.
Publisher:
ClientConnect Ltd.  (signed by ClientConnect LTD)

Product:
Toolbar

Description:
SparkleBox Toolbar

Version:
6.20.0.10

MD5:
b23e1e9fd90004810debdf38260dba56

SHA-1:
29404d7c80ea305a9664ffc53864a56666f02307

SHA-256:
0b6a7f282402858b03b2cd8608342d377846c9f49d8a5bc888a5d2df6e6799c0

Scanner detections:
1 / 68

Status:
Adware

Explanation:
This component is distributed and installed with the Conduit/Perion Toolbar platform.

Analysis date:
10/25/2021 1:55:48 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.Conduit (M)
17.3.14.7

File size:
3.2 MB (3,379,800 bytes)

Product version:
6.20.0.10

Copyright:
© 2014 ClientConnect Ltd.

Original file name:
Toolbar

File type:
Executable application (Win32 EXE)

Installer:
NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System)

Language:
English (United States)

Common path:
C:\users\{user}\appdata\local\temp\{random}.tmp\mainoffer\sparklebox.exe

Digital Signature
Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
2/3/2014 3:00:00 AM

Valid to:
2/5/2016 2:59:59 AM

Subject:
CN=ClientConnect LTD, OU=Digital ID Class 3 - Microsoft Software Validation v2, OU=Trovi TB, O=ClientConnect LTD, L=Ness Ziona, S=Israel, C=IL

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:
43E7738E282F77369A5A4C0ED31A3C9F

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
4/10/2010 3:19:31 PM

OS version:
5.0

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
9.0

Entry address:
0x354B

Entry point:
81, EC, D4, 02, 00, 00, 53, 55, 56, 57, 6A, 20, 33, ED, 5E, 89, 6C, 24, 18, C7, 44, 24, 10, D8, 84, 40, 00, 89, 6C, 24, 14, FF, 15, 30, 80, 40, 00, 68, 01, 80, 00, 00, FF, 15, B8, 80, 40, 00, 55, FF, 15, B0, 82, 40, 00, 6A, 08, A3, 98, 06, 47, 00, E8, 67, 27, 00, 00, 55, 68, B4, 02, 00, 00, A3, B0, 05, 47, 00, 8D, 44, 24, 38, 50, 55, 68, 1C, 86, 40, 00, FF, 15, 80, 81, 40, 00, 68, 04, 86, 40, 00, 68, A0, 85, 46, 00, E8, 35, 26, 00, 00, FF, 15, B4, 80, 40, 00, 50, BF, A0, 10, 4C, 00, 57, E8, 23, 26, 00, 00...
 
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Entropy:
7.9988

Packer / compiler:
Nullsoft install system v2.x

Code size:
25 KB (25,600 bytes)

The executing file has been seen to make the following network communication in live environments.

TCP (HTTP):
Connects to cms.dmccint.com  (23.67.242.80:80)

 
http://cms.dmccint.com/DynamicOffer/631721593/631742716/?mainofferId=631718159&CurrentStep=2&TotalSteps=4&DownloadBrowser=IE&CType=-1&UserMode=-1&DMVersion=1.3.3.31.631741582.01&Language=US-EN

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