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Adware Doctor and Komros Adware Cleaner (same developer behind them), Open Any Files and Adblock Master relied on the same technique to lift the information from users. Cleaner and Dr. Battery, which were all booted from Apple's official app store this past weekend over the data collection.

Antivirus vendor Trend Micro has apologized after its Mac apps were found collecting browser histories from people's computers.

Leading the list of apps is a tool called Adware Doctor, an app that claims to be the "best app" to remove a variety of common adware threats which target Mac users.

Facebook just last month clashed with Apple over data collection concerns surrounding its controversial Onavo Protect VPN app; voluntarily removing its service from the App Store after talks with the iPhone manufacturer.

Confirming that these apps did in fact collect and upload browser data, the company at first defended the activity, but then went on to cease data collection. Both apps are collecting and uploading user data, including browsing history, to their servers. Readers must note that in Apple's Top Paid App List, this app was a top grossing application sitting at fifth spot.

Since the initial report, another app with similar alleged data-stealing capabilities has since come to light, with 9to5Mac naming Dr. Unarchiver as allegedly stealing data.

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Jobs' Mob was a little embarrassed to discover that, despite its much advertised exhaustive checking process for apps, it failed to spot that one popular virus checker was sending data to China.

Apart from the app sending users' browsing history to a China-based server, it equally penetrates the iTunes history of users and other apps.

Despite denying any wrongdoing, Trend Micro said it was taking steps to reassure users that their data was safe. "The potential collection and use of browser history data was explicitly disclosed in the applicable EULAs (end user license agreements) and data collection disclosures accepted by users for each product at installation", it said. Expected to get their share of criticism is the Cupertino company and the manner of reviewing programs submitted before being allowed on the App Store.

IT Pro has approached Apple for comment but it had not responded at the time of publication.

According to Apple, "The safest place to download apps for your Mac is the Mac App Store".

The apps have now been removed from the Mac App Store, but if you have previously installed these apps, you should uninstall them straight away.


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