Adload is an adware family that targets macOS users exclusively – OperativeEngine is one of the latest additions to this expansive strain. While many sources brand it as adware with browser-hijacking qualities, considering how much more severe the impact of its presence is, it can easily fall into the malware category. The application usually is not installed intentionally, as virus authors commonly use one of the following deceptive methods for propagation:
- Bundled software, typically downloaded from high-risk websites that distribute pirated apps;
- Fake Flash Player updates that can be encountered all over the web by accident.