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PUA.Astromenda

PUA.Astromenda

Updated:
June 08, 2015
Name:
Astromenda
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.Astromenda is a potentially unwanted application that changes Internet browser settings.

Note: Definitions prior to June 8, 2015 may detect this threat as Astromenda.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 24, 2014 revision 023
  • Latest Rapid Release version December 05, 2017 revision 021
  • Initial Daily Certified version October 24, 2014 revision 002
  • Latest Daily Certified version December 06, 2017 revision 001
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date October 29, 2014
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
The application may come bundled with third-party installers.

When the application is executed, it creates the following files:
  • %ProgramFiles%\WSE_Astromenda\FavIcon.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%\WSE_Astromenda\Sqlite3.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WSE_Astromenda\uninst.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\WSE_Astromenda\uninstall.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\bootstrap.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\chrome.manifest
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\browser\astr.1.2.jsm
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\browser\astr.1.2h.jsm
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\browser\background.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\browser\browser.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\browser\header.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\browser\timer.jsm
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\external\aes.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\external\hmac-md5.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\external\jsencrypt.min.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\external\md5.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\external\string.min.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\content\external\underscore-min.js
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\icon.png
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\icon64.png
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\extensions\{ad7ce998-a77b-4062-9ffb-1d0b7cb23183}\install.rdf
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\searchplugins\Astromenda.xml
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\esuurfjq.default\user.js

It also creates the following folder:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pfkfdlcdbajamklbneflfbcmfgddmpae\0.3.6_0

    The application then creates the following registry entries:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"aflt" = "frg01"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"afltId" = "frg01"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"autoRvrt" = "false"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"dpblck" = ""
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"dpk" = ""
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"excTlbr" = "false"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"ThrdId" = "000C290060C7F6AE"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"hrdId" = "000C290060C7F6AE"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"instlDay" = "3FDD"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"instlRef" = "142905_d"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"smplGrp" = "none"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"tlbrId" = ""
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"vrsni" = ""
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"vrsnTs" = "22:29:33"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"cr" = "692583480"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"cd" = "[VARIOUS URL PARAMETERS]"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"hp_url" = "[VARIOUS URL PARAMETERS]"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\AppID\{9CB2CD61-FFA0-406C-9D2D-8FDE6F4A4D8A}\Instl\Data\"tlbrSrchUrl" = "[VARIOUS URL PARAMETERS]"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions\pfkfdlcdbajamklbneflfbcmfgddmpae\"update_URL" = "https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\"Policy" = "3"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\"AppName" = ""
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\"AppPath" = "%ProgramFiles%\WSE_Astromenda\\"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing\"NewTabPageShow" = "1"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WSE_Astromenda\"DisplayIcon" = ""C:\PROGRA~1\WSE_AS~1\\uninstall.exe""
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WSE_Astromenda\"DisplayName" = "WSE_Astromenda"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WSE_Astromenda\"UninstallString" = ""C:\PROGRA~1\WSE_AS~1\\uninstall.exe" "
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WSE_Astromenda\"Publisher" = "WSE_Astromenda"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\InstallCore\WSE_Astromenda\"insDate" = "20141006222937447"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\InstallCore\WSE_Astromenda\"instlRef" = "142905_d"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\InstallCore\WSE_Astromenda\"aflt" = "frg01"
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\InstallCore\WSE_Astromenda\"c_ver" = "3.2.1.5"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\Google\Chrome\Extensions\pfkfdlcdbajamklbneflfbcmfgddmpae\"update_URL" = "https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\InstallCore\Uninstall\0A1B2Z1C1F1H1P1G1Q1T\"uninstall" = "0W0S0E1V0A1B2Z1C1F1H1P1G1Q1T"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\InstallCore\Uninstall\0A1B2Z1C1F1H1P1G1Q1T\"add_desc" = "[VARIOUS URL PARAMETERS]"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\InstallCore\WSE_Astromenda\"insDate" = "20141006222937447"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\InstallCore\WSE_Astromenda\"instlRef" = "142905_d"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\InstallCore\WSE_Astromenda\"aflt" = "frg01"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\InstallCore\WSE_Astromenda\"c_ver" = "3.2.1.5"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{2E00D31D-D171-423D-836D-1A4D7EA7F1A9}\"URL" = "[VARIOUS URL PARAMETERS]"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{2E00D31D-D171-423D-836D-1A4D7EA7F1A9}\"TopResultURLFallback" = "[VARIOUS URL PARAMETERS]"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{2E00D31D-D171-423D-836D-1A4D7EA7F1A9}\"FaviconPath" = "%ProgramFiles%\WSE_Astromenda\\FavIcon.ico"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{2E00D31D-D171-423D-836D-1A4D7EA7F1A9}\"[DEFAULT]" = "Astromenda"
    • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3598304965-2135194631-3668321749-1001\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{2E00D31D-D171-423D-836D-1A4D7EA7F1A9}\"DisplayName" = "Astromenda"

    The application acts as an Internet browser extension and may change the default homepage, search engine, and new tab settings of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome to point to the following location:
    astromenda.com



      The application may also track Internet browsing behavior and send the information to following remote location:
      ib.spotsmagic.com
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        Before proceeding further we recommend that you run a full system scan . If that does not resolve the problem you can try one of the options available below.



        FOR NORTON USERS
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        Removal Tool

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        How to reduce the risk of infection
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        FOR BUSINESS USERS
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        Removal Tool

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        How to reduce the risk of infection
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        MANUAL REMOVAL
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        1. Performing a full system scan
        How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product


        2. Restoring settings in the registry
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