Warning be careful what you download especially if it is a Chinese created app, they may indeed by siphoning off computer processing power (less serious) to actually downloading your personal pictures/documents/proprietary I.P. (very serious)
Two apps particular do things really sketchy:
- 1. Alibaba Trade Manger Messenger (kinda like a instant messenger). Downloaded from official repository and installs fine. You think that it’s like every other messenger app, NO, it actually installs a server that can be logged into and it runs regardless if you have the app running or not. Running wireshark you see many connections to foreign (China) IPs with a constant stream of data going on one direction.
- 2. A windows app called Clover. Extremely nice app to have on windows systems which allows you to have tabs in a window. So instead of having to keep opening windows for this and that, everything can be housed in one window/folder and you could just open up multiple folder tabs. Very convenient when working out of multiple folders. Well, same thing, since it has to install as a constant on going service/program since it is constantly interacting with window directly. Well with wireshark up this app has multiple connections to foreign IPs (China) and even more information is being transferred then with the alibaba app.
At least with the Alibaba app you may say ahhhhh it needs to have a connection to the server etc, but with clover there is no reason for it to be connecting to foreign IPs and transferring data multiple times a day.