Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 13
First Seen: July 19, 2022
Last Seen: December 12, 2022

The AdLoad family of adware applications is being used by unscrupulous people as a basis for the creation of more intrusive and annoying applications. One such example of an AdLoad-based application is SagaDynasyt, an adware application that seeks to get installed on users' Mac devices and then monetize its presence there via the generation of numerous unwanted advertisements. It should be noted that most adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) in general, are typically distributed via questionable methods designed to hide the fact that these applications are going to be installed. Such tactics include shady software bundles where the additional items set for installation are added as preselected items and placed under the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' options. PUPs also may be injected into fake installers/updates.

The consequences of having SagaDynasty on the Mac could vary, as some PUPs are capable of modifying their behavior based on certain factors. However, in most cases, the application will be responsible for the appearance of numerous unwanted advertisements. More importantly, the advertisements could be used as a way to promote hoax websites, phishing portals, fake giveaways, or other untrustworthy destinations, services or software products. Interacting with the displayed advertisements also could trigger redirects to similarly shady pages.

PUPs could potentially cause privacy issues as well. These intrusive applications are often equipped with data-gathering functionalities. They could spy on users' browsing activities, collect numerous device details, and, in the most extreme cases, even attempt to extract information from browsers' autofill data. This feature is typically used as a way to conveniently fill out account credentials, banking and payment details, credit/debit card numbers and other personal information. Having such data compromised could lead to serious consequences.


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