PUA.FileConvTab

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Updated: April 16, 2019 4:05:53 PM
Type: Potentially Unwanted App
Infection Length: Varies
Name: File Converter Tab
Version: 1.0
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows

Behavior

PUA.FileConvTab is a potentially unwanted application that modifies web browser settings without user consent.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version March 28, 2019 revision 004
  • Latest Rapid Release version April 16, 2019 revision 005
  • Initial Daily Certified version March 28, 2019 revision 008
  • Latest Daily Certified version April 16, 2019 revision 007
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date April 17, 2019

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Updated: April 16, 2019 4:05:53 PM
Type: Potentially Unwanted App
Infection Length: Varies
Name: File Converter Tab
Version: 1.0
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows

Once executed, the application creates the following folder:

  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Start Menu\Programs\File Converter Tab

The application creates the following files:
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Local Settings\Application Data\File Converter Tab\IELauncher.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Local Settings\Application Data\File Converter Tab\uninst.exe
  • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Start Menu\Programs\File Converter Tab\File Converter Tab Uninstaller.lnk

The application then creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{F90D5FDF-F98E-4A51-9806-10FD97960C61}
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\File Converter Tab

Next, the application creates the following registry entries:
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\"Tabs" = "https://www.fileconvertertab.com/homepage/homepage.html[URL PARAMETERS]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{F90D5FDF-F98E-4A51-9806-10FD97960C61}\"DisplayName" = "https://www.fileconvertertab.com"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{F90D5FDF-F98E-4A51-9806-10FD97960C61}\"URL" = "https://www.fileconvertertab.com/search.html[URL PARAMETERS]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing\"NewTabPageShow" = "1"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TabbedBrowsing\"Tabs" = "https://www.fileconvertertab.com/homepage/homepage.html[URL PARAMETERS]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\File Converter Tab\"DisplayName" = "File Converter Tab 1.0"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\File Converter Tab\"UninstallString" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Local Settings\Application Data\File Converter Tab\uninst.exe"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\File Converter Tab\"DisplayIcon" = "%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\admin\Local Settings\Application Data\File Converter Tab\notepad.exe"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\File Converter Tab\"DisplayVersion" = "1.0"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\File Converter Tab\"URLInfoAbout" = "${PRODUCT_WEB_SITE}"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\File Converter Tab\"Publisher" = "Bold Science Media LLC"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1454471165-854245398-682003330-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache\C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\"chrome.exe" = "Google Chrome"

The application makes the following changes to the user's web browser settings without the user's consent:
  • Changes homepage
  • Changes default search engine

Updated: April 16, 2019 4:05:53 PM
Type: Potentially Unwanted App
Infection Length: Varies
Name: File Converter Tab
Version: 1.0
Risk Impact: Low
Systems Affected: Windows

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
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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
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Identifying and submitting suspect files
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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
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MANUAL REMOVAL
The following instructions pertain to all current Symantec antivirus products.


1. Performing a full system scan
For information on how to run a full system scan using your Symantec product, follow the guidance given in the product's Help section.


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.