Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: June 17, 2022
Last Seen: August 7, 2022

ExpandedList is an intrusive application that has been identified as adware. This software often operates by displaying intrusive advertisements on the users' computers. The presence of adware could be extremely disruptive and difficult to remove. Furthermore, many adware or PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) also may be capable of collecting personal information from users without their knowledge or consent. ExpandedList also is a part of the AdLoad adware family. The vast majority of AdLoad aplications are designed to target Mac users, and ExpandedList is not an exception.

Typical Characteristics of Adware Applications like ExpandedList

Adware, such as ExpandedList, is software that could display advertisements on various interfaces. These advertisements may be used as promotional materials for onlinetactics, untrustworthy/harmful software, and shady adult gambling/dating websites. In some cases, clicking on these advertisements may even lead to downloads without asking for user consent. Moreover, an adware may have data-tracking functionalities, which can be used to collect browsing or personal information. The gathered data may then be sold to third parties or used for profit in other ways. As such, the presence of applications like ExpandedList could lead to some privacy or security risks.

It also is worth noting that any genuine content encountered via these advertisements is unlikely to be promoted by its developers but rather by fraudsters who abuse the affiliate programs of legitimate products or services to obtain fraudulent commissions.

How did Adware Like ExpandedList Get on My Mac?

Adware is software that is generally capable of showing unwanted advertisements on users' devices without their knowledge or consent. To prevent adware and PUPs from finding their way onto your devices, it is important to know the most common ways these applications are distributed.

  1. Installation of Third-Party Software

Installing third-party software from an unofficial source can be risky, as many such applications are bundled with adware programs. It's crucial only to download applications from official sources, such as the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android).

  1. Opening Suspicious Email Attachments

Opening suspicious email attachments from unknown senders also may install intrusive software on your device, including adware. That's why it's strongly advised not to open attachments unless they're absolutely necessary and come from someone you trust.

  1. Visiting Unsafe Websites

Browsing untrusted websites is another way of unwittingly installing unwanted programs on your device that could potentially include adware. Therefore, it pays to esearch before visiting new websites to ensure they are safe and secure pages with legitimate content and links.


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