SmartTransaction Description

Type: Adware MacOS

The SmartTransaction application is designed to deliver unwanted advertisements to its users. As such, it is classified as adware. Furthermore, after analyzing it, cybersecurity experts have found enough similarities to conclude that SmartTransaction belongs to the AdLoad adware family. These applications are spread via questionable distribution methods (software bundles, fake installers, etc.) and target Mac users.

Having an adware application present on the system will have numerous negative consequences. First, the intruder application will start generating unwanted advertisements that could have a drastic impact on the quality of the user experience on the device. The advertisements also could exploit various clickbait or social engineering tactics to promote questionable or outright unsafe destinations, such as hoax websites, phishing pages, shady adult-oriented platforms and more. It is not uncommon for the advertisements delivered by adware to show users offers for additional PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that are barely disguised as legitimate applications.

While all of this is going on, SmartTransaction could be siphoning various data from the system and transmitting it to its operators. PUPs are often observed to access various browsing information, as well as numerous device details. However, some can even try to extract potentially sensitive information that has been saved into the user's browsers. The data may include banking details, payment information and more.

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