Plugin Update SL - 25% Detection Rate *

Did you just run into a download or a file on your computer that has a digital signature from Plugin Update SL? Some of the security products refers to the detected files as SoftPulse and DomaIQ (fs). The detection rate for the Plugin Update SL files collected here is 25%. Please read on for more details.

You will typically see Plugin Update SL when running the file. The publisher name shows up as the "Verified publisher" in the UAC dialog as the screenshot shows:

Screenshot where Plugin Update SL appears as the verified publisher in the UAC dialog

You can also view the Plugin Update SL certificate with the following procedure:

  1. Open up Windows Explorer and locate the Plugin Update SL file
  2. Right-click on the file and select Properties
  3. Click the Digital Signatures tab
  4. Click the View Certificate button

Here is a screenshot of a file digitally signed by Plugin Update SL:

Screenshot of the Plugin Update SL certificate

As you can see in the screengrab above, the Windows OS reports that "This digital signature is OK". This implies that the file has been published by Plugin Update SL and that no one has tampered with the file.

If you click the View Certificate button shown in the screenshot above, you can examine all the details of the certificate, such as when it was issued, who issued the certificate, how long it is valid, and so on. You can also examine the address for Plugin Update SL, such as the street name, city and country.

GlobalSign CodeSigning CA - SHA256 - G2, VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2010 CA and thawte SHA256 Code Signing CA has issued the Plugin Update SL certificates. You can also view the details of the issuer by clicking the View Certificate button shown in the screenshot above.

Plugin Update SL Files

The following are the Plugin Update SL files I've gathered, thanks to the FreeFixer users.

Detection RatioFile Name
5/53bho64.dll
7/54HostSecure.exe
20/55Player Setup.exe
7/54bho32.dll
9/55Player_Setup.exe
11/54java_installer (2).exe
10/48java_installer (1).exe
39/57Setup.exe

Scanner and Detection Names

Here is the detection names for the Plugin Update SL files. I have grouped the detection names by each scanner engine. Thanks to VirusTotal for the scan results.

ScannerDetection Names
ALYacGen:Variant.Strictor.104392
AVGGeneric.C0C, Win32/DH{gRJ+UIEHeVRPFVGBFYEJHFOBE0GBDw}, AdPlugin.MFF
AVwareDomaIQ (fs), Adware.SoftPulse
Ad-AwareGen:Variant.Strictor.104392
AegisLabAdWare.W32.SoftPulse.mk8N
AgnitumRiskware.Agent!
AhnLab-V3Win-PUP/SoftPulse, PUP/Win32.SoftPulse
AntiVirAdware/Agent.djcr.4
Antiy-AVLTrojan[:HEUR]/Win32.AGeneric, GrayWare[AdWare:not-a-virus,HEUR]/Win32.SoftPulse
ArcabitPUP.Adware.PluginUpdate
AvastWin32:GenMalicious-NP [PUP], Win32:SoftPulse-Z [PUP], Win32:DriverUpd-A [PUP]
AviraAPPL/Softpulse.Gen8, PUA/Softpulse.Gen
BaiduWin32.Adware.Generic.cw
Baidu-InternationalAdware.Win32.SoftPulse.BD
BitDefenderGen:Variant.Strictor.104392
BkavW32.HfsAdware.5824
CAT-QuickHealDownloader.DriverUpd.07884
CMCVirus.Win32.Sality!O
CyrenW32/SoftPulse.AB.gen!Eldorado
DrWebTrojan.DownLoader11.30734, Trojan.Domaiq.343
ESET-NOD32a variant of Win32/SoftPulse.L, a variant of Win32/SoftPulse.J, a variant of Win32/SoftPulse.AH potentially unwanted
EmsisoftGen:Variant.Strictor.104392 (B)
F-ProtW32/SoftPulse.AB.gen!Eldorado
F-SecureGen:Variant.Strictor.104392
GDataWin32.Application.Softpulse.F, Gen:Variant.Strictor.104392
IkarusPUA.SoftPulse
JiangminAdWare.SoftPulse.ff
K7AntiVirusUnwanted-Program ( 0040f8f21 ), Unwanted-Program ( 0040f9b31 )
K7GWUnwanted-Program ( 0040f8f21 ), Unwanted-Program ( 0040f9b31 )
Kasperskynot-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.SoftPulse.heur
MalwarebytesPUP.Optional.HostSecure.A, PUP.Optional.DomaIQ, PUP.Optional.BundleInstaller
McAfeeSoftPulse
McAfee-GW-EditionSoftPulse, BehavesLike.Win32.SoftPulse.hc
MicroWorld-eScanGen:Variant.Strictor.104392
NANO-AntivirusRiskware.Win32.SoftPulse.deniau
NormanMalware
PandaTrj/Genetic.gen, Generic Suspicious
Qihoo-360QVM18.1.Malware.Gen
RisingMalware.Generic!zdtBD119RCI@5 (Thunder)
SophosSoftPulse, SoftPulse (PUA)
SymantecWS.Reputation.1, SMG.Heur!cg1
TrendMicro-HouseCallSuspicious_GEN.F47V1018, Suspicious_GEN.F47V1016
VBA32BScope.Adware.Softpulse, SScope.Adware.Softpulse
VIPREDomaIQ (fs), Adware.SoftPulse
YandexPUA.SoftPulse!

* How the Detection Percentage is Calculated

The detection percentage is based on that I have collected 430 scan results for the Plugin Update SL files. 108 of these scan reports came up with some sort of detection. If you like, you can view the full details of the scan results by examining the files listed above.

Analysis Details

In the analysis on this page I grouped all certificates where the signer name is set to upper and lower case variants of Plugin Update SL. These are the signer names:

The analysis has been done on certificates with the following serial numbers:

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