sptool.dll

Search Protect

ClientConnect LTD

The file belongs to the ClientConnect (Conduit/Perion) platform, a utility that bundles and monetizes search toolbars and browser add-ons. The module sptool.dll by ClientConnect has been detected as adware by 1 anti-malware scanner with very strong indications that the file is a potential threat. This file is typically installed with the program Search Protect by Client Connect LTD which is a potentially unwanted software program.
Publisher:
Client Connect LTD  (signed by ClientConnect LTD)

Product:
Search Protect

Version:
3.0.10.64

MD5:
8c2a76248d2d9f0df1acbb1d9768ba6e

SHA-1:
0ac7bcd319f3b7286dc40fa4013e23f5085d54c1

SHA-256:
6163b9253a8d9ea751706531676e444d8664b9406f792bb35e39f237a02fecec

Scanner detections:
1 / 68

Status:
Adware

Explanation:
Part of the Conduit/ClientConnect toolbar/extension distribution.

Analysis date:
9/25/2020 9:04:55 PM UTC  (today)

Scan engine
Detection
Engine version

Reason Heuristics
PUP.Conduit (M)
17.3.13.13

File size:
3.1 MB (3,252,472 bytes)

Product version:
3.0.10.64

Copyright:
© 2014 ClientConnect Ltd.

Original file name:
SearchProtect (R)

File type:
Dynamic link library (Win32 DLL)

Language:
English (United States)

Common path:
C:\windows\temp\{random}.tmp\sptool.dll

Digital Signature
Authority:
VeriSign, Inc.

Valid from:
12/30/2014 4:00:00 PM

Valid to:
12/26/2016 3:59:59 PM

Subject:
CN=ClientConnect LTD, OU=Safe Search, 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:
354F4C7E49A131A6E4BF89B253C78A2D

File PE Metadata
Compilation timestamp:
8/3/2015 2:02:41 AM

OS version:
5.1

OS bitness:
Win32

Subsystem:
Windows GUI

Linker version:
12.0

Entry address:
0x1BC980

Entry point:
55, 8B, EC, 83, 7D, 0C, 01, 75, 05, E8, D2, B7, 00, 00, FF, 75, 10, FF, 75, 0C, FF, 75, 08, E8, 07, 00, 00, 00, 83, C4, 0C, 5D, C2, 0C, 00, 6A, 0C, 68, C8, D0, 2C, 10, E8, 71, 8B, 00, 00, 33, C0, 40, 8B, 75, 0C, 85, F6, 75, 0C, 39, 35, 0C, 1E, 2E, 10, 0F, 84, E4, 00, 00, 00, 83, 65, FC, 00, 83, FE, 01, 74, 05, 83, FE, 02, 75, 35, 8B, 0D, 24, 6D, 25, 10, 85, C9, 74, 0C, FF, 75, 10, 56, FF, 75, 08, FF, D1, 89, 45, E4, 85, C0, 0F, 84, B1, 00, 00, 00, FF, 75, 10, 56, FF, 75, 08, E8, 11, FE, FF, FF, 89, 45, E4...
 
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Entropy:
6.7498

Developed / compiled with:
Microsoft Visual C++

Code size:
2.3 MB (2,413,568 bytes)

The file sptool.dll has been discovered within the following program.

Search Protect  by Client Connect LTD
Search Protect from Client Connect (formally Conduit, now a venture of Perion) is a homepage and search provider modifier that when installed will change the default web browser's home page and search pages to a partner portal such as Trovi.
www.conduit.com/searchprotect
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