Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 6
First Seen: September 12, 2022
Last Seen: December 12, 2022

JourneyDrive is an intrusive and rather dubious application that aims to sneak its way onto users' Mac devices. The main functionality of the application classifies it as adware. Furthermore, it has been confirmed to be another addition to the expansive AdLoad adware family. Users should keep in mind that applications of this type are rarely distributed normally. It is far more likely for adware, browser hijackers, and similarly untrustworthy applications to be spread via shady software bundles or even outright fake installers. That is why they also are classified as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).

Having adware present on your device will typically result in an influx of unwanted and intrusive advertising materials. The application could generate pop-up windows, banners, in-text links, notifications, etc. While the presence of the advertisements will definitely have an impact on the user experience on the device, it is far more troubling that these advertisements could be promoting unsafe destinations or software products. Users could see advertisements for fake giveaways, technical support or phishing hoaxes, shady adult websites or even dubious online betting/gaming platforms.

At the same time, the installed PUP could have additional functions that it may silently perform in the background of the system. After all, PUPs are notorious for spying on users' browsing activities by accessing the browsing history, search history, clicked URLs, etc. Various device details (IP address, geolocation, browser type, device type, etc.) also may be included in the extracted information and transmitted to the PUP's operators as well.


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