TWIM Ep66: Vpnagentd, Cisco AnyConnect, & Pulse Secure "Will Damage Your Computer" PopUps Propagate
"Vpnagentd will damage your computer" Pop-Ups May Interfere with Web Browsing on Mac.
Why is There a Flurry of "Cisco AnyConnect will damage your computer" Pop-Ups on Mac?
PUPs Associated with the “Pulse Secure will damage your computer” Pop-Up May Modify Your Browser's Settings.
1:17 "Vpnagentd will damage your computer" Pop-Ups
3:28 "Cisco AnyConnect will damage your computer" Pop-Ups
5:10 "Pulse Secure will damage your computer” Pop-Ups
7:36 How Do I Protect My Computer from Browser Hijackers, Adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs?
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TWIM Episode 66 Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l13UhHKGwn4
TWIM Episode 66 Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTaSvuW0iFk
TWIM Episode 66 Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxHkJe4W2lg
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'Vpnagentd' will damage your computer Removal Report - https://www.enigmasoftware.com/vpnagentdwilldamageyourcomputer/
'Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client' will damage your computer Removal Report - https://www.enigmasoftware.com/cisco-anyconnect-secure-mobility-client-will-damage-your-computer/
'Pulse Secure' will damage your computer Removal Report - https://www.enigmasoftware.com/pulse-secure-will-damage-your-computer/
"Vpnagentd will damage your computer" is a pop-up that Mac users have been seeing as a result of having a potentially unwanted program (or PUP) installed on their computers. The software associated with this pop-up targets the user's browser by disabling the default Mac browser's configurations and installing components designed to boost specific sponsored advertising content.
For this reason, "Vpnagentd will damage your computer" isn't considered as dangerous as ransomware or other high-level malware. Still, its presence on the affected computer may cause it to behave in a manner that users may find annoying. There is also a possibility that some of the content users are shown or directed to may pose a security threat. As previously mentioned, the PUP's main function is to boost traffic to third-party websites. So, users may experience unwanted advertisements in the form of banner ads or pop-up windows, or they may go through a flurry of redirects to sites that they've never intended to visit.
"Cisco Anyconnect will damage your computer" is just another adware-related Mac pop-up. The threats behind these annoying pop-ups are adware, potentially unwanted programs (or PUPs), and browser hijackers. It causes computer behavioral patterns that the end-user may find troubling including, unwanted pop-up advertisements, redirects to unknown domains, and unsolicited browser settings modifications.
The creators of the PUP that causes the "Cisco Anyconnect will damage your computer" pop-up are in business to generate revenue via unsolicited advertisements. For this reason, the PUP that is at the root of the annoying "Cisco Anyconnect will damage your computer" pop-up is not considered as dangerous as other threats we usually discuss.
There has been a rise in Mac users having their default homepage and search engine settings changed seemingly without their permission. One of the reasons behind this is a potentially unwanted program that also triggers a pop-up that displays the message "Pulse Secure will damage your computer."
The PUPs or adware associated with the "Pulse Secure will damage your computer" pop-up generate pop-up ads or redirects to increase traffic to third-party websites in exchange for either pay-per-click or pay-per-view revenue. Having the "Pulse Secure will damage your computer" pop-up on your computer is not in itself particularly dangerous. Still, since the adware or PUP makers are known to not always properly vet the content that they are promoting, the possibility exists that users can potentially be redirected to a site that may contain harmful content. It is also likely that the adware or PUP may present users with pop-up or banner ads that may attempt to redirect them to questionable sites or expose them to harmful content.