PowerSet

PowerSet Description

PowerSet is an intrusive adware application that is leveraged against Mac users specifically. Like most applications of this type, the primary goal of PowerSet appears to be the delivery of various, annoying and unwanted advertisements to users' devices. These applications are commonly classified as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) due to the questionable tactics involved in their distribution. After all, users are highly unlikely to download and install such applications willingly. That is why the operators of these programs often include them in software bundles or spread them via fake installers/updates.

The advertisements generated by untrustworthy sources, such as adware applications should be approached with caution. It is very likely that users will be presented with advertisements for dubious destinations and software products. Indeed, adware applications could deliver advertisements for technical support or phishing schemes, suspicious online betting/gaming platforms, fake giveaways, etc.

At the same time, PUPs often possess additional functions that are carried out silently in the background of the system. In most cases, these consist of data harvesting and monitoring routines. Users may have their browsing history, search history, clicked URLs, IP address, geolocation, browser type, device type, etc. collected by these annoying applications. Even if the particular PUP has some useful features, users should still avoid keeping it on their computers or devices.