Threat Description

Application:​W32/InstallBrain

Details

Aliases: Application:​W32/InstallBrain.[variant], Trojan:W32/InstallBrain.[variant]
Category: Spyware
Type: Application
Platform: W32

Summary



InstallBrain is an updater service that runs in the background and periodically updates associates browser plug-ins and add-ons.



Removal


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.

More

You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You also may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.



Technical Details



InstallBrain is part of a software bundler program associated with various browser plug-ins and add-ons from the Perion Network software company. When installed, the application is essentially an updater service that will run in the background as 'ibsvc.exe' and periodically download and install updates for the associated browser components.

The add-ons maintained by InstallBrain vary in function, but have reportedly silently reset the browser homepage and modified the search engine settings and/or search results. If the user elects to remove the components, the related InstallBrain program should also be uninstalled.

As of early October 2013, some InstallBrain installers have shown code similarity to Trojan-Downloader:W32/Mevade; these installers are identified with the detection name Trojan:W32/Installbrain.[variant].






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