Anti-Malware 101: What to do to Protect Your Mac

Apple devices are popular in the tech industry for their high-grade interface, ergonomic design, and user-friendly features. Unfortunately, your trusty MacBook or iMac is as susceptible to malware as its PC or Android counterparts.

Malicious software is not always targeted towards Mac systems, but there is a handful of documented viruses that you should watch out for. Sometimes, the problem starts with you and me, users who might have that gullible streak or off day and decide to click that pop-up ad or download seemingly harmless software. Many types of malware require installation, system scans, and product registration, so you wouldn’t suspect their nature.

You can do the following steps to ensure you don’t put your devices in danger.
  • Keep your system up-to-date. OS X updates can automatically detect and remove malware from your computer. Be sure to get the latest OS X updates from iTunes or the Apple website.
  • Research the software before you download or install it.
  • Don’t click on suspicious links or images on web pages. Clicking these links can sometimes trigger automatic downloads of harmful software.

If the damage has been done and you’ve already accidentally installed or unknowingly acquired malware in your system, you can always manually remove the offending software. Here’s how you can solve the problem.

  1. Go to your Downloads folder or your preferred download location.
  2. Move the installer into the Trash.
  3. Empty the Trash.

If a window appears during an installation process and asks you to input your administrator password, personal information, or credit card information, ignore it. This would cause mayhem (in the aftermath of successful installation). If you’ve already provided your password, though,  don’t panic. Here’s a DIY solution for you.

  1. Move or cancel the scan window.
  2. Go to Applications folder > Utilities folder > Activity Monitor.
  3. Select All Activities from the pop-up menu at the upper right corner of the window.
  4. Under the Process name column, locate the app you want to remove and select it. Usual names include MacDefender, MacSecurity or MacProtector.
  5. Click the Quit Process button in the upper left corner and select Quit.
  6. Go to the Applications folder.
  7. Locate the app. (MacDefender, MacSecurity or MacProtector, etc)
  8. Drag to Trash and empty Trash.

Sometimes, malware also installs login points in your System Preferences. Although not necessary, you can also remove this manually through the following steps.

  1. Open Systems Preferences > Accounts > Login Items
  2. Select app name. (MacDefender, MacSecurity or MacProtector, etc)
  3. Click the minus button.

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