ExpandedList is a malicious app that our research team recently discovered while examining new submissions to VirusTotal. It has been identified as adware, which is software that displays ads on various interfaces. These ads can be used to promote online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and even malware. Additionally, these ads may be able to download/install other programs without user consent when clicked.
It's important to note that any legitimate content promoted by these ads is unlikely to be endorsed by its actual developers. Instead, scammers take advantage of the affiliate programs of legitimate products/services in order to make fraudulent commissions. Adware may require certain conditions in order for it to run intrusive ad campaigns, such as compatible browser/system specs or user geolocation and visits to particular websites.
Even if ExpandedList does not display any advertisements, its presence still poses a threat to device and user safety. Furthermore, this application may have browser-hijacking abilities since they are common for AdLoad adware; however, we did not observe such traits during testing.
In addition , ExpandedList likely has data-tracking functionalities. The information that can be tracked includes browsing and search engine histories, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, finance-related data, and so forth. This data can then be sold to third-parties or otherwise abused for profit.
How can adware like ExpandedList deliver potentially harmful ads into your browser?
Adware like ExpandedList can deliver potentially harmful ads into your browser in a variety of ways. First, it can use malicious scripts to inject ads into webpages that you visit. These scripts are often hidden in the code of the webpage and can be difficult to detect. Additionally, adware can hijack your browser settings and redirect you to malicious websites that contain malicious ads. Finally, adware may also install additional software on your computer which is designed to display ads or track your browsing activity. All of these methods are used by adware programs to deliver potentially harmful ads into your browser without your knowledge or consent.
What are rogue advertising networks and how are they linked to adware?
Rogue advertising networks are networks of websites and services that are used to display malicious or unwanted advertisements. These ads can be used to promote online scams, untrustworthy/harmful software, and even malware. Adware programs are often linked to rogue advertising networks as they use these networks to deliver potentially harmful ads into your browser without your knowledge or consent. Adware programs may also hijack your browser settings and redirect you to malicious websites that contain malicious ads. Additionally, adware may install additional software on your computer which is designed to display ads or track your browsing activity. All of these methods are used by adware programs in order to generate revenue for the developers of the program through affiliate marketing schemes.