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Yontoo: adware or malware?

Posted on March 22nd, 2013 at 12:18 PM EDT

There has been a lot of talk in the last week about a new bit of adware for the Mac, called Yontoo. Adware is never popular, whether it is legit or not, and is a frequent source of disagreement in the security community. It is very rare that anti-virus companies manage to come to agreement on this topic. Even a program like FkCodec (aka Codec-M), which is without a doubt designed to trick users into installing it to earn ad revenue, is not detected by many anti-virus programs. (One of my FkCodec samples earned the lowest detection rate in my recent testing, being identified by only 7 of 20 anti-virus engines.) So why has Yontoo gotten so much attention?
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