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PUA.Iminent

PUA.Iminent

Updated:
June 24, 2015
Infection Length:
Varies
Name:
Iminent
Version:
8.8.3.3
Publisher:
Iminent
Risk Impact:
Low
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior

PUA.Iminent is a misleading application that installs additional components without the user's consent. It also changes the browser's default search provider and homepage.

Note: Virus definitions dated June 23, 2015 or earlier detect this threat as Iminent.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version March 16, 2015 revision 009
  • Latest Rapid Release version October 23, 2017 revision 025
  • Initial Daily Certified version March 17, 2015 revision 001
  • Latest Daily Certified version October 24, 2017 revision 004
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date March 18, 2015
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.
The program must be installed manually.

Note: The program may be downloaded even if the Iminent software licence agreement is not accepted.

Once executed, the program creates the following files:
  • %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\IMGUpdater\IMGUpdater.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Umbrella\Umbrella251.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\inst\Bootstrapper\CustomActionsIminent.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\inst\Bootstrapper\IminentUninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\inst\Bootstrapper\MetroConfig.JSON
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\inst\Bootstrapper\uninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\inst\isearch.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\inst\main.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\inst\SearchTheWeb.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\inst\Universely.ico
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\iSearch.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\SearchTheWeb.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\StartWeb.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%\Iminent\USearch.xml

The program creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Iminent\"DefaultIcon" = ""%ProgramFiles%\Iminent\Iminent.exe",0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext\CLSID\"{58124A0B-DC32-4180-9BFF-E0E21AE34026}" = "2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext\CLSID\"{977AE9CC-AF83-45E8-9E03-E2798216E2D5}" = "2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext\CLSID\"{A09AB6EB-31B5-454C-97EC-9B294D92EE2A}" = "2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\chrome\Extensions\adpeheiliennogfclcgmchdfdmafjegc\"update_url" = "https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\chrome\Extensions\adpeheiliennogfclcgmchdfdmafjegc\"install_parameter" = "?appId=73d03d61-95e9-4248-ba62-35f66f8ddbfb"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\chrome\Extensions\jdkokpcldhneihjdhigfjmoeojkdcbmg\"update_url" = "https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\chrome\Extensions\jdkokpcldhneihjdhigfjmoeojkdcbmg\"install_parameter" = "?appId=73d03d61-95e9-4248-ba62-35f66f8ddbfb"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\chrome\Extensions\nociobghckdhokecfeajdpimjeapnopn\"update_url" = "https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Google\chrome\Extensions\nociobghckdhokecfeajdpimjeapnopn\"install_parameter" = "?appId=73d03d61-95e9-4248-ba62-35f66f8ddbfb"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{68B81CCD-A80C-4060-8947-5AE69ED01199}\"Policy" = "3"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{68B81CCD-A80C-4060-8947-5AE69ED01199}\"AppPath" = "%ProgramFiles%\Iminent"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{E6B969FB-6D33-48d2-9061-8BBD4899EB08}\"Policy" = "3"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{E6B969FB-6D33-48d2-9061-8BBD4899EB08}\"AppPath" = "%ProgramFiles%\Iminent"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{E6B969FB-6D33-48d2-9061-8BBD4899EB08}\"AppName" = "Iminent.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{BFFED5CA-8BDF-47CC-AED0-23F4E6D77732}\"Url" = "http://search.iminent.com/?appId=73d03d61-95e9-4248-ba62-35f66f8ddbfb&ref=toolbox&q={searchTerms}"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{BFFED5CA-8BDF-47CC-AED0-23F4E6D77732}\"DisplayName" = "SearchTheWeb"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{84FF7BD6-B47F-46F8-9130-01B2696B36CB}\"NoExplorer" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\minibar\"searchindex" = "2"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\minibar\"enableToolbar" = "true"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\minibar\"enabledAds" = "False"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\minibar\"BagKey" = "KBv5l76"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\minibar\"nomsi" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\minibar\"BirthDate" = "5506D748"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\sslminibar\"enabledAds" = "False"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\sslminibar\"BagKey" = "KBv5l76"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\Iminent\WebBooster\Scripts\sslminibar\"nomsi" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{BFFED5CA-8BDF-47CC-AED0-23F4E6D77732}\"Url" = "http://search.iminent.com/?appId=73d03d61-95e9-4248-ba62-35f66f8ddbfb&ref=toolbox&q={searchTerms}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{BFFED5CA-8BDF-47CC-AED0-23F4E6D77732}\"DisplayName" = "SearchTheWeb"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{BFFED5CA-8BDF-47CC-AED0-23F4E6D77732}\"FaviconPath" = "%ProgramFiles%\Iminent\SearchTheWeb.ico"
  • U\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\"NoMsi" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\"ProxyIdData" = "{"hostInstallEvent":"installevent2.iminent.com","hostLogEvent":"logevent2.iminent.com","timeOut":10000,"clientType":"MCC-ASYNC"}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\"CurrentLcid" = "409"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\SearchTheWeb\"Scope" = "http://search.iminent.com/?appId=73d03d61-95e9-4248-ba62-35f66f8ddbfb&ref={reference}&q={searchTerms}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\SearchTheWeb\"OldDefaultScope" = "{0633EE93-D776-472f-A0FF-E1416B8B2E3A}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\SearchTheWeb\"BHO_catchAboutPages" = "0"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\SearchTheWeb\"UserHomePageDecision" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\SearchTheWeb\"UserSTWDecision" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\SearchTheWeb\"OldStartPage" = "about:Tabs"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000\Software\Iminent\SearchTheWeb\"OldNewTabPage" = "2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext\CLSID\"{58124A0B-DC32-4180-9BFF-E0E21AE34026}" = "2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext\CLSID\"{977AE9CC-AF83-45E8-9E03-E2798216E2D5}" = "2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Ext\CLSID\"{A09AB6EB-31B5-454C-97EC-9B294D92EE2A}" = "2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Umbrella\"UsrSid" = "S-1-5-21-1888540949-2634025639-1978879958-1000"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Umbrella\"ConfigBlock" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Umbrella\"MUpdBlock" = "[HEXADECIMAL VALUE]"

The program also creates multiple entries under the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\IMBoosterARP
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\IminentToolbar
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Iminent

Next, the program creates services with the following properties:
Display name:
  • GlobalUpdater
  • SProtection

Image path:
  • %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\IMGUpdater\IMGUpdater.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Umbrella\Umbrella251.exe

Startup type:
  • Automatic

It then creates the following registry subkeys to register itself as the services:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\GlobalUpdater
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\GlobalUpdater
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\SProtection
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SProtection

The program is a browser toolbar for Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer that can be used to insert emoticons into emails, social networking apps, and online forums.



The program may perform the following actions without the user's consent:
  • Install Iminent Search Protector and IMG Updater
  • Set StartWeb as the default search engine
  • Set start.iminent.com as the homepage for new browser windows


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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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    How to reduce the risk of infection
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    FOR BUSINESS USERS
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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
    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.