Ads Skipping Over Adware

Ads Skipping Over Adware Description

Type: Adware

The Ads Skipping Over is presented to users as a helpful browser extension that will block or skip any advertisements on YouTube. However, once installed on the system, the application shows that it also has another major functionality - that of adware.

While present on the device, the Ads Skipping Over could start to generate unwanted and intrusive advertisements. The advertisements are likely to disrupt the activities of the user and, as a whole, impact the user experience negatively. However, more importantly, the advertisements generated by such unproven sources are likely to promote schemes or unsafe destinations. Users could receive advertisements for phishing websites aiming to extract all entered information, suspicious adult-oriented platforms, fake giveaways, etc. The advertisements also could promote PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) by presenting them as convenient and useful applications.

Adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs also are extremely likely to have data-gathering capabilities. These applications could be silently extracting browsing-related data and exfiltrating it to a remote server. The operators of the application could receive the user's browsing history, search history, clicked URLs and more. They can then exploit the acquired information themselves or offer it for sale/share it with third parties.

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