Top Scale (New Media Holdings Ltd.) – 14% Detection Rate – InstallCore

Hi there! If you’ve been following me for the last year you know that I’ve been examining many software publishers that put a digital signature on their downloads. Today I found another publisher called Top Scale (New Media Holdings Ltd.).

Top Scale New Media Holdings Ltd publisher

It is also possible to check a digital signature by looking at a file’s properties. Here’s a screenshot of the Top Scale (New Media Holdings Ltd.) certificate.

Top Scale New Media Holdings Ltd. cert

Top Scale is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, according to the certificate.

What caught my attention was that the download was called GoogleChromeSetup.exe. This might look like an official Google Chrome download, but it is not. If it was an official download, it should have been signed by Google Inc.. Here’s how the authentic Google Chrome looks like when you double click on it. Notice that the “Verified publisher” says “Google Inc”.
Chrome Google Inc publisher

So, what does the anti-virus programs say about the Top Scale (New Media Holdings Ltd.) file? No problem, I just uploaded the file to VirusTotal and it turned out that some of the anti-virus programs detects the Top Scale (New Media Holdings Ltd.) file, with names such as InstallCore.A98, W32.HfsAdware.D59D, PUP.Optional.InstallCore.A and InstallCore (fs).

Top Scale New Media Holdings anti-virus report

Did you also find an Top Scale (New Media Holdings Ltd.)? Do you remember the download link? Please post it in the comments below and I’ll upload it to VirusTotal to see if that one is also detected.

Thank you for reading.

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