Application:W32/InstallBrain

Classification

Spyware

Application

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Application:W32/InstallBrain.[variant], Trojan:W32/InstallBrain.[variant]

Summary

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

Removal

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it may allow the file to run, block it from running, move it to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or ask you to select an action.

Allow a blocked file to run or exclude a file from scanning

If you are aware of the risks involved in using the file and consent to its use, you may change the settings of your F-Secure security product to allow the file to run. You may also change the settings to exclude it from scanning.

Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

Find out more

Knowledge Base

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User Guide

See the user guide for your product on the Help Center.

Contact Support

Chat with or call an expert for help.

Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

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].