Tappdiscovery.tools is a domain that is appended to the web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Opera) as soon as the App Discovery Tools application is installed. This potentially unwanted program appends the URL in order to make users browse via a customized search engine that uses Yahoo's search-based capabilities. However, the presented results are not organic, and users will find several sponsored links at the top marked as ads. Because of this, they might be deceived into visiting websites that they initially did not intend to visit.
Additionally, Tappdiscovery.tools records a variety of information about users' web browsing activities and shares it with third-parties:
We may share your Personal Information with third parties in many ways and for many reasons, such as providing you with the Services, or for our own or such third party’s business purposes.
The shared information includes:
- IP address;
- Browser type and browser's user agent;
- Various technical data: hardware settings, browser language, system activity, crashes, timestamp of request and referral URL;
- Diagnostic information about installed extensions;
- Internet Service provide information, including its domain name;
- Time and date of certain browser events.
|Associated browser extension||App Discovery Tools|
|Type||Browser hijacking-related web address|
|Aim||To track users' online behavior in order to target them with targeted advertisements; collect and share personal and non-personal information for profits; expose users to sponsored links via the altered search results|
|Distribution||The app can be installed via many official web browser stores, although it can also be spread via software bundles|