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Apple removes Trend Micro apps from Mac store because of data harvesting

13 September 2018
Apple removes Trend Micro apps from Mac store because of data harvesting

Wardle said he reported the issue to Apple back in August, but the company had done nothing to stop Adware Doctor from taking browser histories.

Thankfully Apple seems to be on the case, but if you're using Adware Doctor, Dr Unarchiver or Dr Cleaner, you might want to wipe them from your system and backup your personal data.

Facepalm: After being caught uploading user's browser history to the cloud, Trend Micro has issued an apology.

Macs have a reputation for having better security than Windows machines, mainly thanks to the Mac App Store, and Apple's supposedly stringent rules for allowing apps to be included there.

Apple has removed a series of apps from the Mac App Store after they were found to be accessing users' private data and sending it to remote servers.

"Let's face it, your browsing history provides a glimpse into nearly every aspect of your life", Patrick Wardle, a former NSA hacker and chief research officer at cybersecurity firm, Digita Security said.

The app in question is the Adware Doctor, which sells for $14.99 and promises to remove adware, malware and other nasty pieces of software from Apple PCs.

Nevertheless, Trend Micro has chose to remove the browser history collecting capability from all the company's Mac apps. Once installed, Adware Doctor collects users browsing history and sends them straight to a Chinese server.

'The crapware of Trend is even hijacking your browsing history and upload it to their servers into a zip archive with the password "novirus",' wrote a forum user called PeterNopSled.

Adware Doctor, which cost $5, was described as an app meant to 'prevent malware and malicious files from infecting your Mac'. I've been saying this for several years now, as we've been detecting junk software in the App Store for nearly as long as I've been at Malwarebytes. The results confirm that Dr Cleaner, Dr Cleaner Pro, Dr. Antivirus, Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Battery, and.

Trend is removing this, er, feature from its software, though. Browser data was previously stored for three months. Eventually, Apple swung into action by deleting the app from its store following several other tech publications supporting this claim.

It said it had chose to remove the browser history collection feature and had erased all the browser history data it had stored from previous collections.

Update [September 10, 19:13]: Trend Micro released less than an hour ago a statement denying that its apps were stealing user data.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Initially, the developers of the application posted it on Mac App Store as Adware Medic.