OriginalGrowthSystem belongs to the PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that are targeting users in the Apple ecosystem, and more specifically Mac users. The application is equipped with both adware and browser hijacker functionalities. As most PUPs, OriginalGrowthSystem relies on dubious distribution techniques to hide the fact that it is being installed on the user's computer. OriginalGrowthSystem has been observed to be hiding inside a fake installer for the Adobe Flash Player.

PUPs are not considered dangerous threats but their presence still represents a significant increase in security risks. The adware functionality of OriginalGrowthSystem is responsible for running an intrusive ad campaign that can diminish the user experience on the affected device severely. Furthermore, the displayed advertisements - pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, and more, could redirect the user to unsafe third-party websites.

At the same time, OriginalGrowthSystem will establish control over several important browser settings such as the homepage, new tab page, and the default search engine. The goal is to substitute the default address of the settings to a new sponsored one that is, most often than not, a fake search engine. Browser hijackers are known for possessing data-tracking capabilities. They monitor the browsing activities of the user and log information including all conducted searches, visited websites, clicked URLs, etc.

The red flags surrounding OriginalGrowthSystem shouldn't be underestimated and the PUP should be removed as soon as possible with a professional anti-malware solution, preferably.


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