The reason why it is possible AwayTab could track users and collect their location information is that the extension asks for a couple of permissions, and one of them asks to allow to “Detect your physical location.” The need for this piece of information could be explained by the application as a necessity to generate flight offers available in a user’s area. However, in reality, the application may not need a user’s physical information to generate flight offers, as it might be enough to know the location country or city. Some users consider their physical location to be private and so could see its collection as a violation of their privacy. If you are among such users, we recommend finding yourself a better way to find cheap flight deals.
At this point, we should mention that AwayTab works only on Google Chrome browsers, which means, for now, it cannot be encountered by users who search the Internet with different browsing applications. According to our researchers, the potentially unwanted program might be spread through unreliable pop-up ads and redirects. In other words, users could come across it after clicking shady advertisements, or they could get redirected to the extension’s homepage by adware hiding on their system. In order to avoid such applications in the future, we could suggest a couple of things.
Firstly, it is vital that you do not download tools that come from unreliable/unknown developers or suspicious websites/advertisements. Secondly, if you want to keep away from applications like AwayTab, you may want to check if there are no adware or other similar applications on your system that could show ads promoting such software. Lastly, as an extra precaution, we advise keeping a reliable antimalware tool that could help you identify suspicious content and guard your system from various threats.
Potentially unwanted programs often show third-party advertising content that may come from unreliable sources. We do not say, AwayTab will necessarily act this way, but it is possible it could, and it might be best not to lose your guard with it. On the other hand, if you decide you do not want to keep it on your system, you could eliminate it with the instructions available below or a reliable antimalware tool.