For decades, Mac users have enjoyed relatively safe computing, free from the multitude of threats that the Windows PC users have faced for a long time. But in the past several years, an explosion in Mac Malware has severely changed the landscape in regard to emerging threats.
This has happened at the same time that we’ve seen an explosion in potentially unwanted programs or PUPs, adware, browser hijackers, and other online nuisances. The TabSearch app is one of such undesirable programs. It’s an app that specifically targets Apple users’ computers and devices and then monetizes its presence via an intrusive ad campaign. The app belongs to the AdLoad family and its distribution tactics may not be transparent, hence it is common that users download and install this app without realizing it. This usually happens because TabSearch can be offered through misleading ads that users encounter online. It may also come via adware and other potentially unwanted programs already installed on the system
Although the TabSearch app may not post immediate danger to your device, it may lead to a diminished user experience. The multitude of ads can cover the content of the page you’re on in the first place. It can also initiate redirects to potentially dangerous third-party domains. These third party domains may expose you to online scams like phishing or tech support schemes. While visiting these sites, you may unknowingly download additional PUPs or even malware that may be inserted into fake software updates.
TabSearch can also function as a browser hijacker, as it takes over specific browser settings in order to promote sponsored addresses. A user that has TabSearch installed may discover that their usual homepage, new page tab, or default search engine have been changed to something totally unfamiliar. Browser hijackers can also block users from reversing their browser settings to the default settings.
Ultimately, one of the main reasons you want to avoid PUPs in general, is their ability to monitor your browsing activity. Data including your browsing history, search history, clicked URLs, and even IP address, geolocation, and ISP may be collected and sold to third-parties.
How Do I Remove Adware, Browser Hijackers, and PUPs, Like the TabSearch App from My Computer?
We strongly recommend removing adware, browser hijackers, and PUPs, like the TabSearch App. You should scan for and remove unwanted software from your computer by using a reputable malware remediation tool. To prevent the installation of potentially unwanted programs in the future, you should practice good web surfing habits like avoiding questionable freeware sites, torrent pages, and other websites that may host unreliable software.