Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 20 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 23
First Seen: January 24, 2022
Last Seen: May 7, 2023

ZipArrow is another addition to the continually expanding family of adware apps known as AdLoad. ZipArrow follows the typical pattern associated with AdLoad, mainly that it targets Mac users and aims to monetize its presence via the delivery of unwanted and annoying advertisements. 

When dealing with ads generated by such dubious sources, users need to exercise caution. The ads may be promoting scam websites, suspicious adult-oriented platforms, dubious betting sites, and other similarly questionable destinations. Users may also be presented with seemingly enticing offers to download and install additional apps. Once deployed on the system, however, these apps could also turn out to be intrusive PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) such as ZipArrow.

Users should also keep in mind that PUPs are notorious for having data-collection capabilities. By keeping such apps on their Mac, users risk having their browsing activities continuously transmitted to a remote server. Depending on how intrusive the program has been created to be, the PUP may also package and upload device details (IP address, geolocation, device type, browser type, etc.) and even sensitive information extracted from the user's browsers such as banking credentials and payment details.


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