Trojan.MacOS.TinyvDownloader.AS is the downloader component detection for TinyV. TinyV is a trojan targeting MacOS devices. "Trojan" is a term derived from greek mythology and it is used to refer to malware created to infiltrate systems without the owner of the device taking notice. The most common infection vectors for trojans are:
- Email attachments containing malicious macros.
- Fake Adobe Flash updates.
- Freeware bundles.
MacOS users used to have some piece of mind when it came to malware but that’s a thing of the past now. Mac malware is still a lot more uncommon compared to threats targeting Windows systems but the segment is growing. If you get a Trojan.MacOS.TinyvDownloader.AS detection, there is a chance TinyV.AK was going to infect your device. This is the detection name of the component which would usually download TinyV. If it is detected it’s likely the whole process would be terminated by your antivirus solution.
Once a trojan like TinyV.AK successfully infiltrates a device, depending on the particular threat, the wrongdoers may have multiple options. Some trojans are used as backdoors giving the criminals access to a device or a network. Others are tailored to steal credentials such as email or bank account information. There are also some trojans that serve as vehicles for further infections by more severe threats. Trojans can also simply gather browsing history, logging keystrokes or gathering generic data.
TinyV.AK is not a newcomer to the malware scene. This particular threat has been around since at least 2015 when it was detected on the devices of Chinese users. At the time, TinyV.AK was specifically targeting the owners of devices that had been jailbroken. TinyV.AK was integrated in bundles of pirated apps for iOS. Cybercriminals may have found new ways for TinyV,AK to propagate since then.
Like most trojans, TinyV.AK is easily detected by antivirus software. Once a trojan is detected, most anti-malware software suites will have no trouble removing it. Removing a trojan manually can be a daunting task even for experienced users.