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PUA.DownVision

PUA.DownVision

Updated:
June 12, 2015
Name:
DownVision
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.DownVision is a potentially unwanted application that attempts to deceive the user into installing other software.

Note: Definitions prior to June 12, 2015 may detect this threat as Downvision.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version October 02, 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version July 27, 2015 revision 034
  • Initial Daily Certified version January 13, 2012 revision 003
  • Latest Daily Certified version July 28, 2015 revision 003
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date January 18, 2012
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This potentially unwanted application must be downloaded and executed manually.

When the application executes, it creates the following files:
  • C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\promo.exe
  • C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\setup.exe
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\DownVision.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\DownVision\DownVision.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\DownVision\Uninstall DownVision.lnk

It then creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\DownVision\DefaultIcon\"Default" = "C:\Program Files\DownVision\DownVision.exe,0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\DownVision\"Default" = "DownVision"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\.torrent\"Default" = "DownVision"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\DownVision\shell\open\command\"Default" = ""C:\Program Files\DownVision\DownVision.exe" "%1""

Downvision is a BitTorrent application that attempts to deceive the user into installing other software.



The check box to agree to installing another piece of software is selected by default and the text asking the user to agree to installation of other software is intentionally hard to read.



It then connects to the following locations to download files:
  • setup.downvision.com/promo.exe
  • sireports2.com/download/[RANDOM ID]/package.zip
  • setup.downvision.com/[DATE]/setup.exe
You may have arrived at this page either because you have been alerted by your Symantec product about this risk, or you are concerned that your computer has been affected by this risk.

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
If you are a Norton product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resources provide further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.


FOR BUSINESS USERS
If you are a Symantec business product user, we recommend you try the following resources to remove this risk.

Identifying and submitting suspect files
Submitting suspicious files to Symantec allows us to ensure that our protection capabilities keep up with the ever-changing threat landscape. Submitted files are analyzed by Symantec Security Response and, where necessary, updated definitions are immediately distributed through LiveUpdate™ to all Symantec end points. This ensures that other computers nearby are protected from attack. The following resources may help in identifying suspicious files for submission to Symantec.


Removal Tool

If you have an infected Windows system file, you may need to replace it using the Windows installation CD .


How to reduce the risk of infection
The following resource provides further information and best practices to help reduce the risk of infection.
Protecting your business network



MANUAL REMOVAL
The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.

1. Performing a full system scan
How to run a full system scan using your Symantec product


2. Restoring settings in the registry
Many risks make modifications to the registry, which could impact the functionality or performance of the compromised computer. While many of these modifications can be restored through various Windows components, it may be necessary to edit the registry. See in the Technical Details of this writeup for information about which registry keys were created or modified. Delete registry subkeys and entries created by the risk and return all modified registry entries to their previous values.