BE AWARE: YES!!! TrendMicro - Dr. Antivirus is using ABUSIVE apps to deceive Mac users

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  1. x90x0rx90 macrumors newbie

    x90x0rx90

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    TO ALL MAC USERS. DON'T BE TRICKED IN DOWNLOADING DR.ANTIVIRUS OR OPEN ANY FILES FROM APPSTORE. THIS APPS ARE STEALING FILES FROM YOUR MAC AND MONITORING EVERYTHING YOU OPEN. SEE PICTURES ATTACHED.

    There is a strong connection between TrendMicro and the Open Any File developer.
    TrendMicro had even allowed access to their servers to this developer.

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    The problem is that OpenFile is sending to TrendMicro servers data about your Mac system, paths, and what exactly are you doing. There is nothing specified in any user agreement about this practice and is breaking the user privacy.

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    Another identified thing is that the OpenFile is uploading a zip file when you want to open unknown files. The zip file is password protected, something that makes me think why you should password protect some statistical data. I have strong feelings to believe that the zip archive contains the file you want to open, which is nothing more than DATA EXFILTRATION.

    During the examination, I noticed that OpenFile and Trend are receiving commands from their servers precisely in the way as a C2C does.

    All these facts are enough to conclude that TrendMicro is ABUSING the end user and must be added to potential unwanted programs database.
     
  2. hvfsl macrumors 68000

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    Considering Mac OS already has a basic AV built in, I don't see the need for another one unless you work in a large company with lots of Windows users, so need AV to remove any Windows viruses which might be in any data you are using.
    But what you are describing is something most AV products do. They will often need to upload suspect files for better examination, to determine if they are a threat (the built in AV for Windows 10 does this for example). Although there should be a setting which allows you to select whether to upload a file or not. So if they don't have that, then it is a bit dodgy.
     
  3. x90x0rx90 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The problem is that they don't upload the file when you scan it with Trend Antivirus, the upload is done by the OpenFile app which is on other developer account "pretenting they don't have any relationship with TrendMicro"

    That is the main concern. Also there is NO terms of agreement where it is specified that they collect data.
     
  4. x90x0rx90 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    • The crapware of Trend is even hijacking your browsing history and upload it to their servers into a zip archive with the password "novirus"

      I wonder where is specified in their terms and conditions that we will steal your browsing history [​IMG]

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  5. Andy909 macrumors newbie

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    Hi. Please help. I am struggling to remove TrendMicro software from my mac. I have Dr Antivirus & Dr. Unarchiver. I dragged the applications to the bin and deleted them. However, both apps can still be opened on my mac and despite searching for them in my Finder I can't locate them anywhere! I'm thinking that perhaps when I originally deleted them, I only deleted the Icons and the applications themselves are embedded somewhere in my computer.

    How on earth do I get rid of them?

    Many thanks in advance..
     
  6. allan.nyholm, Jun 9, 2019
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    I very much appreciate this thread. I have in my download history on Mac App Store most of the Trend Micro apps - I added these when they appeared on MAS. Big stupid mistake on my part.
    Once I downloaded one of them I realised that I didn't have a need for any of them as they provided me with nothing that I could not do with any other app. And I aslo wasn't willing to buy into Trend Micro's universe of whatever.

    And just today I read this thread. All my Trend Micro apps have already been hidden beforehand and this just confirms my initial thoughts that they weren't for me.
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    @Andy909 How well-versed are you in using AppCleaner from https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/ ? Are you confident in using such because then I suggest downloading the previously installed Trend Micro apps.
    Don't open any of the Trend Micro apps but instead drag the all into AppCleaner. Either one by one or just as a mass uninstall.
    AppCleaner(one word) will do the heavy lifting and hopefully take more of the Trend Micro left overs with it. AppCleaner is known for being one of the best in the business for this.

    Then after all this you can download the free application named EasyFind from the Mac App Store. This allows you to search more left overs with the search phrase "trend micro" or "trendmicro" Check the box for searching hidden files too.

    You might not have access to some files but that I think/hope I can be of help when you get there.

    Empty Trash after all of this and reboot your Mac. I might have more suggestions but some/many call it snake oil to use these apps from https://www.titanium-software.fr/en/index.html

    I won't suggest these yet. Just try out the other options first. Good luck!
     
  7. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Though an old thread, I’m surprised it never got more attention.

    (There, Happy whoever reported my post?!) :rolleyes::cool:
     

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