Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 4
First Seen: August 22, 2022
Last Seen: July 27, 2023

EllipseChoice is another intrusive application belonging to the AdLoad adware family. As such, it follows closely the established behavior observed in other members of the AdLoad intrusive family. First, it is unlikely for users to download and install EllipseChoice intentionally. Instead, such PUPs are mostly distributed via questionable tactics (shady software bundles, fake installers/updates, etc.). Next, EllipseChoice targets predominantly Mac users with the goal of monetizing its presence on their devices, through the generation of annoying and unwanted advertisements.

Indeed, EllipseChoice falls into the adware category and it is likely to be responsible for the delivery of numerous distracting advertisements. Apart from the impact these advertisements may have on the user experience on the device, they also could be promoting dubious and untrustworthy destinations. Users may be presented with advertisements for questionable adult platforms, phishing portals, fake giveaways or additional PUPs disguised as seemingly legitimate applications.

At the same time, many adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs also carry data-tracking capabilities. While active on the system, these applications may try to monitor the users' browsing activities or collect additional data from the system. Some have even been observed to attempt to extract account credentials or banking details saved in browsers' autofill data.


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