And They Thought Apple Devices Were Invincible…

Popular Paid-App, Adware Doctor, Spied on Apple Users

One of the top five paid apps in the Apple App Store, was accumulating data on its users and sending it overseas.  Adware Doctor, previously known as Adware Medic, was the fourth top app in the App store.  It portrayed itself as a security product, gaining the trust of its users.  It is because of its deceitful name and promises for security, users felt safe granting the app additional permissions, typically not allowed within the App store.  Adware Doctor capitalized on this, gaining access to the user’s browsing history and the software executing on the devices.  This information was then stored in locked files and sent to China.

As it turns out, this is not the first time Adware Doctor has been in a bit of trouble.  In 2015, the software was known as Adware Medic.  Security researchers tested the app at that time and notified Apple of suspicious activity taking place within the app.  Adware Medic was soon removed from the App Store, only to return days later under the new name, Adware Doctor.

Unfortunately for Adware Doctor users, you’ve been dupped out of your subscription fee.  The best way to avoid the app from obtaining additional information from your device is to remove it completely.

Weeks after being notified of the malicious activity, Apple finally removed the app from the App Store, making it no longer available.

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14 thoughts on “And They Thought Apple Devices Were Invincible…

  1. I like this product is this application offering antivirus
    and ransom- malware protection free of charge
    for life
    I am disabled under doctor’s care
    on a fixed income
    sincerely
    michael pearson

  2. How come it took 3 years before we were notified of this Adware Doctor if they took it off in 2015

    As it turns out, this is not the first time Adware Doctor has been in a bit of trouble. In 2015, the software was known as Adware Medic. Security researchers tested the app at that time and notified Apple of suspicious activity taking place within the app. Adware Medic was soon removed from the App Store, only to return days later under the new name, Adware Doctor.

    Unfortunately for Adware Doctor users, you’ve been dupped out of your subscription fee. The best way to avoid the app from obtaining additional information from your device is to remove it completely.

    Weeks after being notified of the malicious activity, Apple finally removed the app from the App Store, making it no longer available.

    • Great question. Technically, they changed the name from Adware Medic to Adware Doctor. It was Adware Medic that was flagged in 2015 — regardless, Apple didn’t do a very good job investigating, considering Adware Doctor emerged just days after Adware Medic was taken down.

  3. So overpriced’ I wish I hadn’t bought it for my Daughter now’ it took ages to get an appointment with Apple Tech guy’s, and they still wanted to charge me for what was basically a warranty claim, very disappointed.

  4. Anyone that ever thought that APPLE was invincible may need to go see a doctor. They are a big Tech company that is as vulnerable to malicious attacks as any other, Your information is not any safer with them than it is with many of the tech companies that we interface with every day.

  5. Yeah, Apple’s walked garden, a painted ball and chain, the ankle monitor of devices is so much better than android’s FREEDOM. Freedom comes with responsibility, meaning I have to think and take responsibility for my freedom. I can’t sit in my pretty prison.

    • @Jeff: That is a common thought process, Jeff. Personally, I refuse to pay a premium for Apple’s products that that do no more for me than Windows or Android OS. My latest Dell has been running strong since 2014 with very minor config tweaks. And to replace this system today would save me about 500-700 dollars over a similarly configured Mac. I just don’t buy into the concept of an Apple product being worthy of the pricing.

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