Threat Database Adware ElementSignal


ElementSignal is a dubious program that tries to monetize its presence on the user's Mac computers by performing several intrusive actions. Applications of this type are spread through questionable or misleading tactics predominantly that try to hide their installation. After all, users are extremely unlikely to find, download, and then install applications such as ElementSignal willingly. The reliance on underhanded methods such as bundling or fake installers classifies these applications as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

If ElementSignal manages to sneak its way onto the user's Mac successfully, it will begin to generate monetary gains for its operators. First, it will start running an intrusive advertising campaign. The numerous untrustworthy advertisements could impact the browsing experience on the device severely. Furthermore, they could lead to shady or even compromised websites so users are advised to avoid interacting with them.

At the same time, ElementSignal will try to generate as much artificial traffic towards a promoted website as possible. It does so by taking control over the installed Web browsers. More specifically, browser hijacker applications commonly modify the homepage, new tab page, and the default search engine. Doing so ensures that whether users start the browser, open a new tab, or conduct a search via the URL bar, will always lead to the sponsored website.

Users also should know that the PUPs might be spying on them silently. Various information about their browsing habits, as well as device details such as IP address, geolocation, ISP, browser version, and more could be transmitted to the dubious applications operators continuously.


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