Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 1,116
First Seen: September 20, 2021
Last Seen: September 20, 2023

OriginType is a browser hijacker application targeting Mac users. The goal of the application is to sneakily install itself onto the Mac, without attracting any attention, and then take over the user's Web browsers. Applications of this type typically affect the homepage, new page tab, and the default search engine of the browser and set them to open a promoted page. As a result, whenever users simply launch the browser, open a new tab, or start a search via the URL bar, it would open the promoted address immediately.

Not surprisingly, the address promoted by OriginType - search.5k8zh0i.com, belongs to a fake search engine. Fake engines are incapable of producing any results on their own. Whenever users initiate a search, it will be redirected to another engine. This may be a legitimate one, such as Yahoo, Bing, and Chrome or a dubious engine delivering inaccurate results.

Understandably, users are extremely unlikely to intentionally install an application such as OriginType on their Macs. That is why browser hijackers, adware, and other PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) are typically spread through deceitful methods, including bundling and fake software installers.

Another serious red flag associated with having a PUP present on your computer or device is the possibility of the application having data-tracking capabilities. The intrusive program may be spying on users' browsing activities and collecting information such as the entire browsing history, all clicked links, and each Web search. At the same time, numerous device details also may be collected and transmitted to the PUP's operators - IP address, geolocation, browser type, ISP and more. It is strongly recommended to remove OriginType and any other PUP lurking on your Mac, as soon as possible.


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