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ADW_NEXTLIVE

ANALYSIS BY

Adrian Cofreros


ALIASES:

AdWare.Win32.Agent.ahgx(Kaspersky),Win32/NextLive.A application(NOD32),Adware.Agent(Sunbelt)

PLATFORM:

Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)

OVERALL RISK RATING:
DAMAGE POTENTIAL:
DISTRIBUTION POTENTIAL:
REPORTED INFECTION:
INFORMATION EXPOSURE:

  • Threat Type:Adware

  • Destructiveness:No

  • Encrypted:

  • In the wild: Yes

OVERVIEW

Infection Channel:

Downloaded from the Internet, Dropped by other malware


This adware arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites. It arrives as a component bundled with malware/grayware packages.

It does not have any propagation routine.

It does not have any backdoor routine.

It requires its main component to successfully perform its intended routine.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

File Size:

19,212,408 bytes

File Type:

EXE

Memory Resident:

Yes

Initial Samples Received Date:

18 Mar 2014

Arrival Details

This adware arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

It arrives as a component bundled with malware/grayware packages.

Installation

This adware drops the following component file(s):

  • %Application Data%\newnext.me\nengine.cookie
  • %Application Data%\newnext.me\nengine.cookie-journal - (delete afterwards)
  • %Application Data%\newnext.me\log\nengine{YEAR}{MONTH}{DATE}_{random}.log
  • %Application Data%\newnext.me\cache\id.txt

(Note: %Application Data% is the current user's Application Data folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, or C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming on Windows Vista and 7.)

It drops the following copies of itself into the affected system:

  • %Application Data%\newnext.me\nengine.dll

(Note: %Application Data% is the current user's Application Data folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, or C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming on Windows Vista and 7.)

It creates the following folders:

  • %Application Data%\newnext.me
  • %Application Data%\newnext.me\cache

(Note: %Application Data% is the current user's Application Data folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, or C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming on Windows Vista and 7.)

It adds the following mutexes to ensure that only one of its copies runs at any one time:

  • Global\{CLSID}

Autostart Technique

This adware adds the following registry entries to enable its automatic execution at every system startup:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
NextLive = "%System%\rundll32.exe "%Application Data%\newnext.me\nengine.dll",EntryPoint -m l"

Propagation

This adware does not have any propagation routine.

Backdoor Routine

This adware does not have any backdoor routine.

Download Routine

This adware saves the files it downloads using the following names:

  • %Application Data%\newnext.me\cache\spark.bin

(Note: %Application Data% is the current user's Application Data folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003, or C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Roaming on Windows Vista and 7.)

Other Details

This adware requires its main component to successfully perform its intended routine.

NOTES:

It downloads an updated copy of itself.

This adware requires the following parameters to install itself in the system:
-m i
-m l
-m r
-m t

This adware gathers the following information:

  • Identification
  • IP address
  • Register Area

It sends the gathered information in the following URL:

  • http://{BLOCKED}t.{BLOCKED}t.me/register.php?ver={string1}&hardcode={string2}&partner={string3}

After the installation, it displays the following message box:

SOLUTION

Minimum Scan Engine:

9.700

SSAPI PATTERN File:

1.480.36

SSAPI PATTERN Date:

04 Feb 2014

Step 1

Before doing any scans, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users must disable System Restore to allow full scanning of their computers.

Step 2

Restart in Safe Mode

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Step 3

Delete this registry value

[ Learn More ]

Important: Editing the Windows Registry incorrectly can lead to irreversible system malfunction. Please do this step only if you know how or you can ask assistance from your system administrator. Else, check this Microsoft article first before modifying your computer's registry.


 
  • In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    • NextLive = "%System%\rundll32.exe "%Application Data%\newnext.me\nengine.dll",EntryPoint -m l"
 

Step 4

Search and delete these folders

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Please make sure you check the Search Hidden Files and Folders checkbox in the More advanced options option to include all hidden folders in the search result.
  • %Application Data%\newnext.me

Step 5

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as ADW_NEXTLIVE. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.

Step 6

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as ADW_NEXTLIVE. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.


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