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In May 2013, a malicious installer, distributed by Genieo partner Softonic, was found by security software company Intego. The installer masquerades as a necessary update to Adobe Flash Player and attempts to install Genieo.app without user interaction. Dynamic libraries are added to the Safari browser, which intercept searches intended for Bing and Google.
Other versions of Genieo for Mac have also been offered as 'codecs' required for video playback. Testing carried out on Genieo for Mac in June 2013 found that it left active software behind, after using the supplied uninstaller, which required detailed manual removal.
In November 2013, another fake application installer was reported to include Genieo adware. 
As of April 2014, Genieo for Mac is flagged by Intego (mentioned above) and, according to an analysis at VirusTotal, by 20 (out of 50 surveyed) anti-malware solutions, including Ad-Aware, Avast!, Bitdefender, Comodo, Dr. Web, ESET, Fortinet, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Trend Micro Housecall, and Sophos.
In July of 2014, Genieo was acquired for $34 million by Somoto, another company which "bundles legitimate applications with offers for additional third party applications that may be unwanted by the user".
- "Genieo FAQ - What is Softonic Home?". Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Lysa Myers (May 23, 2013). "Another Problematic Softonic Installer Brings Adware". Intego. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Malicious Genieo installers persist". Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Lysa Myers (June 25, 2013). "Another Sketchy Genieo Installer Discovered". Intego. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
- "Adware Removal Guide : Genieo". Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Thomas Reed (November 26, 2013), "Malicious download installs Genieo and GoPhoto.it adware", The Safe Mac, retrieved 2013-12-17
- Detailed Analysis - OSX/Geonei-A
- / Virustotal.com InstallGenieo.app analysis