Threat Database Adware ActiveCoordinator


Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 26
First Seen: August 26, 2021
Last Seen: July 25, 2022

Mac users can get little in terms of useful features from the ActiveCoordinator application. After all, that is not the main purpose of the product. Instead, the majority of its actions are those seen in adware and browser hijackers. It also is classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) due to the various underhanded techniques involved in its distribution.

While ActiveCoordinator may try to hide its installation on the Mac, its actions since then will be quite obvious. Users will notice that they are encountering significantly more unwanted advertisements. Indeed, ActiveCoordinator is programmed to run an intrusive ad campaign. The advertisements may even try to appear as if they are coming from unrelated third-party websites. Users should never trust ads generated by such unproven and dubious sources. The risks involved in engaging with the displayed ads include downloading more intrusive PUPs or being taken to suspicious or potentially unsafe websites

ActiveCoordinator also will affect the user's Web browsers in a scheme to promote a sponsored Web address. Through its browser hijacker functionality, the PUP will modify the browser's settings (homepage, new tab page, default search engine). The involvement of a browser hijacker application is a solid sign that the browser will now begin opening a fake search engine. While some fake engines redirect the user's search queries to a legitimate engine, such as Yahoo, Bing, or Google, this is not always the case. Users also may be presented with results taken from a dubious engine that has injected numerous sponsored ads or links to suspicious websites into the list of shown results.


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