Generally, Apple’s app stores are considered to be the hosts of secure apps, but a bunch of apps from the Mac App Store are silently spying on the browser data of the users. On the list, there are several top apps such as Adware Doctor, Adware Medic, Dr. Cleaner, Dr. Unarchiver and more.

Most of these apps distributed by Trend Micro. Inc were collecting browser history from Chrome, Safari, and Firefox and uploading it to the company’s servers. These apps duped users into giving them access their MacOS home directory with actions like as ‘Scan for Viruses’ or ‘Clear cache’.


Giving an app access to your home directory means that it can potentially access your browsing history, iMessage conversations, emails and more. The apps in question later collected browsing data as well as data of the apps installed on the system, made a zip file of the information and sent it to the developer’s server. For future reference, you’ll want to be careful about which apps you allow access to your home directory.

Mac app store stealing users' browsing data