Threat Database Mac Malware ArchiveOperation

ArchiveOperation

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 2
First Seen: October 4, 2021
Last Seen: January 27, 2022

ArchiveOperation is classified by cybersecurity researchers as an adware program. Typically, adware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) are installed on devices without users' knowledge or consent by employing dubious distribution tactics, such as bundling or fake installers. Additionally, ArchiveOperations is part of the AdLoad adware family. This means that it is mainly focused on finding its way onto Mac devices.

Typical Characteristics of Adware Applications such as ArchiveOperation

Adware is software that displays advertisements on various websites or interfaces. These advertisements are often used to promote online tactics, untrustworthy software, and shady adult websites. In some cases, the advertisements may even be able to execute scripts without the user's consent. ArchiveOperation is an example of adware that may not always display advertisements due to certain conditions being unsuitable. However, it still poses a risk to the device and user safety. Additionally, this rogue application likely has data-tracking abilities, which could include browsing histories, personally identifiable details, account log-in credentials, finance-related data and more. This information could then be shared with or sold to third parties.

How PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) are Spread?

Distributing Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) is a process that can be accomplished in several different ways. Whether you're trying to protect yourself from these intrusive applications or you simply wish to learn how they may get to your computer without being noticed, it is important to become familiar with the most commonly used tactics.

  1. Bundling Software with Other Programs

Software bundling is a popular method used by attackers for distributing PUPs without users knowing about it. They bundle the unwanted software with other legitimate applications, making it hard for users to spot the additional items scheduled for installation. Software bundling can occur when downloading freeware from the Internet or social media sites, where some software bundles are presented in a deceptive manner that makes it difficult for users to detect what's been bundled together.

  1. Spam Emails and Attachments
    Spam emails may contain attachments with dubious links and files intended to perform unauthorized actions on your system. The deployed applications could redirect traffic to unintended destinations or collect information about you and your accounts. Thus, be sure never to click on any link found in an email sent by an unknown sender, and don't download suspicious files - they might contain PUPs or even malware threats inside them!

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