Hello! If you’ve been following my recent posts here on the FreeFixer blog, you know that I’ve been looking at files that have a valid digital signature and bundle various types of programs. This morning I found another publisher named Astro Network (Fried Cookie Ltd.).
The following screenshot shows the User Account Control dialog when running the Astro Network (Fried Cookie Ltd.) file:
You can also check who signed a file by checking the digital signature tab. According to the certificate we can see that Astro Network appears to be located in Tel Aviv, Israel and that the certificate is issued by GlobalSign CodeSigning CA – G2.
What caught my attention was that the download was called Skype_Setup.exe. This might look like an official Skype download, but it is not. If it was an official download, it would have been signed by Skype Software Sarl. And that’s why I’m writing this blog post. If you are looking for the official Skype download, go to http://www.skype.com/ to get the real deal.
I uploaded the Skype_Setup.exe file to VirusTotal, but none of the 50+ anti-virus scanners detected it. Was your file detected by the anti-virus programs?
Did you also find a file signed by Astro Network? What kind of download was it and where did you find it? How was the download promoted? Did it appear in the sponsored search results in one of the search engines?