Popular Mac Adware Blocker Found Sending All Browser History to China

Mac App Store apps found stealing user data

Cleaner and Dr. Antivirus have disappeared from the Mac App Store after experts, including Malwarebytes Labs" head of Mac Thomas Reed, spotted that user data was needlessly being "exfiltrated' from these products. As per the researcher, the Adware Doctor was collecting the browsing history of the users and was sharing the information with the China-based servers.

We reached out to Trend Micro for a statement on the matter but received no reply at the time of publishing.

Following the backlash of not pulling the plug on a top paid app called Adware Doctor listed on Mac Apple Store that has been accused of stealing users' data and uploading on a Chinese server, Apple has removed the app from its platform.

According to researchers, multiple apps in the Mac App Store were stealing data, and Apple removed the offending apps from the store.

Apple removed several anti-malware apps from its Mac App Store after the apps were found to export users' browser histories.

RevealMobile, a monetization firm that has previously been accused of over collecting location data through popular weather apps, is implicated in this research, along with 12 other data monetization firms.

Trend Micro's initial investigation confirmed data collection by a number of its apps, but the company tried to play down the significance of this.

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Apple has pulled Trend Micro's apps from the store although Trend Micro still has some apps, both for desktop and mobile listed.

Jobs' Mob was a little embarrassed to discover that, despite its much advertised exhaustive checking process for apps, it failed to spot that one popular virus checker was sending data to China. All of this files is unruffled upon launching the app, which then creates a zipper file and uploads it to the developer's servers.

The 9to5Mac report went on to claim that Dr. Unarchiver, Dr.

Trend is removing this, er, feature from its software, though. The results confirm that Dr Cleaner, Dr Cleaner Pro, Dr. Antivirus, Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Battery, and. "A free app from the App Store may seem perfectly innocent and harmless, but if you have to give that app access to any of your data as part of its expected functionality, you can't know how it will use that data", he said in a blog post.

We apologize to our community for concern they might have felt and can reassure all that their data is safe and at no point was compromised. Apple has not made a public statement, and it did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this post.

"How can Apple claim to care about user privacy and allow an app like this to remain in the App Store?"

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