ColossusAspect

ColossusAspect Description

Type: Adware MacOS

ColossusAspect is an intrusive app that tries to sneakily burrow itself onto users Mac devices. The main goal of the program is to monetize its presence via various annoying and questionable means. It should be noted that apps such as ColossusAspect are really distributed through the usual channels. It is far more likely for them to be wrapped alongside another more desirable product in a software bundle. Another common tactic involves fake installers/updates. Because of this deceptive behavior, most apps of this type are classified as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

Users affected with CollossusAspect will experience unwanted browser redirects as well as a significant increase in the encounter advertisements. This means that the app can act both as a browser hijacker and adware. The ads generated by PUPs should not be trusted as they are typically used to promote shady websites that could be performing various online scams, phishing schemes, fake giveaways, etc.

Users will also notice that their browsers have started to behave rather strangely. Instead of the normal homepage, new tab page, and default search engine, the browser's settings would now be modified to open a promoted address. In this case, the webpage is ColossusAspect Search, a fake search engine. Instead of delivering unique results in response to the user's search queries, this fake engine causes redirects and shows results taken from the legitimate search.yahoo.com engine. 

Users should also keep in mind that most PUPs are capable of data-tracking. The intrusive apps could spy on the browsing activities carried on the machine, try to extract numerous device details, or even attempt to access sensitive autofill information such as banking or payment details that have been saved into the affected browsers.

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