Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 6
First Seen: September 28, 2022
Last Seen: August 3, 2023

AbsoluteValue is a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) targeting Mac users. The application is mostly spread via questionable websites that rely on deceptive methods to trick visitors. For example, sites distributing AbsoluteValue instruct visitors that their Adobe Flash Player is out-of-date and must be updated immediately.

The main functionality of AbsoluteValue classifies the application as adware. Once fully deployed on the user's Mac, the application will start generating numerous, intrusive advertisements. The constantly appearing pop-ups, banners, notifications, etc., could easily interrupt users, cover the content of legitimate sites, or cause browser slowdowns and freezes. More importantly, the delivered advertisements could promote untrustworthy pages or additional PUPs. Users could see advertisements for fake giveaways, technical support tactics, phishing schemes, adult websites and more.

At the same time, having a PUP installed on your device could lead to various information being harvested, packaged, and then transmitted to a remote server. Typically, PUPs go after browsing-related data, such as users' browsing history, search history, and clicked URLs, but in many cases, they also may collect device details, account credentials, banking details, payment info, etc.


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