Top selling Mac App Store adware scanner stole browsing history without permission

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Users of the Mac App Store that have downloaded software based on how popular it is, take note. A popular piece of security software was just delisted for stealing information from those who downloaded it.

https://alternativeto.net/software/adware-doctor/, the highest grossing app on the https://alternativeto.net/software/mac-app-store/ in the Utilities category, had been collecting the browsing history of its users without any consent or notice. At the time of delisting, the app had over 7,200 reviews and a total rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. The app was discovered to have siphon this data a few weeks ago, but had continued to be at the top of the highest grossing Utilities list.

As Adware Doctor was anti-malware software, there are many alternatives. However, that does not change that this app, [according to security researcher Patrick Wardle](https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/07/a-top-tier-app-in-apples-mac-app-store-will-steal-your-browser-history/), whose findings were backed by https://alternativeto.net/software/malwarebytes-anti-malware/, had bypassed https://alternativeto.net/software/mac-os/'s app sandboxing in order to steal browsing data from users of https://alternativeto.net/software/safari/, https://alternativeto.net/software/google-chrome/, and https://alternativeto.net/software/firefox/.

[According to TechCrunch](https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/07/a-top-tier-app-in-apples-mac-app-store-will-steal-your-browser-history/), when pressed for comment, Apple did not respond.

Additional coverage:
[Engadget](https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/07/mac-app-store-app-steals-browser-histories/)
[TechCrunch](https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/07/a-top-tier-app-in-apples-mac-app-store-will-steal-your-browser-history/)
[VentureBeat](https://venturebeat.com/2018/09/07/apple-yanks-top-mac-app-a-month-after-learning-it-sends-user-info-to-china/)
[The Verge](https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/7/17832106/apple-utility-app-adware-doctor-stolen-china-removed)

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