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Avast detection of softonicdownloader44840.exe?


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#1 mujibyepi

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 06:16 PM

Hi.  I use Avast antivirus software on my Windows 7 desktop computer.  Today, I did a scan and it said that a threat had been detected.  It identified the file as softonicdownloader44840.exe, and it said the "Severity" was high and listed the Status as "Threat: Win32: Adware-gen [Adw]".  (I'm not sure what these classifications mean exactly, but I'm listing them to be thorough).  I chose to apply automatic fix and it said that it had been successfully moved to the Chest.

 

After doing this, I was curious about what this might be and googled softonicdownloader44840.exe.  I got all kinds of conflicting information, including one site that said this is an important file for certain functions on the computer.  I'm confused and don't want to trust random sites, so I'm hoping this forum can please assist me.  So far, I have not noticed any problems, but I want to check if I did something wrong by "fixing" this situation.

 

Does anyone know about this?  Thank you very much in advance if you can assist!

 

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 06:29 PM

This is the Download Manager that bundles the original software from the Softonic.com web site along with additional offers, mostly ad-supported browser extensions and utilities. The bundled software (which is actually not included in this file but downloaded) is most likely clean, the downloader is ad-supported. The application softonicdownloader44840.exe by Softonic International has been detected as PUP.Softonic.Bundler. The program is a setup application that uses the Softonic Downloader installer.

Analysis of softonicdownloader44840.exe

The detection is more accurately classified as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)....which is defined somewhat differently by various security vendors and may or may not be detected/removed based on that definition[/b]. That fact adds to confusion and a lot of complaints from end users asking why a detection was not made on a particular file (program) they are having issues with.To learn more about PUPs and how you get them, please read: About those Toolbars and Add-ons - Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs)
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 11:42 PM

Thank you for your extremely helpful answer!  I'm glad that Avast detected and that I fixed it, even though it doesn't sound like it's a bad threat. 

 

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 05:32 AM

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Posted 11 April 2016 - 01:21 AM

Do not use softonic to download software. Its installers come with bundled adware.


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Posted 11 April 2016 - 05:58 AM

These are popular and safe third-party download hosting sites for software:
* BleepingComputer Downloads
* MajorGeeks
* SnapFiles
* Softpedia
* TechSpot
* FilePuma
* Gizmos Freeware
* Ninite
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