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Malware issues[edit]

In May 2013, a malicious installer, distributed by Genieo partner Softonic,[1] was found by security software company Intego. The installer masquerades as a necessary update to Adobe Flash Player and attempts to install without user interaction. Dynamic libraries are added to the Safari browser, which intercept searches intended for Bing and Google.[2]

Other versions of Genieo for Mac have also been offered as 'codecs' required for video playback.[3] 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.[3][4][5]

In November 2013, another fake application installer was reported to include Genieo adware. [6]

In January 2014, Sophos added Genieo for Mac to their threat list; in the category Viruses and Spyware : Trojan : Adware .[7]

As of April 2014, Genieo for Mac is flagged by Intego (mentioned above)[2][4] 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.[8]

In July of 2014, Genieo was acquired for $34 million by Somoto,[9] another company which "bundles legitimate applications with offers for additional third party applications that may be unwanted by the user".[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Genieo FAQ - What is Softonic Home?". Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Lysa Myers (May 23, 2013). "Another Problematic Softonic Installer Brings Adware". Intego. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Malicious Genieo installers persist". Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lysa Myers (June 25, 2013). "Another Sketchy Genieo Installer Discovered". Intego. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Adware Removal Guide : Genieo". Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Thomas Reed (November 26, 2013), "Malicious download installs Genieo and adware", The Safe Mac, retrieved 2013-12-17 
  7. ^ Detailed Analysis - OSX/Geonei-A
  8. ^ / analysis
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ [2]

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