An Adware Doctor iTunes removal comes a month after a security researcher reported the app as breaking Apple’s store rules…
Apple has removed a popular utility app from its online store. Once located in the Mac App Store for sale, Adware Doctor is no longer available due to the fact it was discovered secretly recording users’ app data and browser history. Said information was then sent to a server in China, according to a report by 9to5Mac.
Apple Removes Adware Doctor App from iTunes for Stealing Data
A month ago, a security researcher uncovered the nefarious behavior and reported to Apple. But, it wasn’t until today the tech company took it out of its store. The app, Adware Doctor, score a high rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, with more than 7,200 reviews. (The app even had approval from the Apple corporation itself.) It was previously listed alongside well-vetted applications like Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X.
Adware Doctor purportedly scanned Mac machines for malware and removed suspicious files. Initially, it was passed off as a clone of Malwarebyte’s Adware Medic app. So, Apple pulled it until the developer changed its name to bypass the exact name copy prohibition.
What Adware Doctor actually did was disguise its real purpose. It accessed other apps’ data, along with running processes. By mixing this with some other mischievous means, it can read users’ browsing history and app download information.
Since its ban from the store, the company turned the Adware Doctor program server off. But, it can easily be turned back on at any time.