Do Macs Need Antivirus Protection? How to Check a Mac for Malware
For many years, Mac owners felt almost immune to malware attacks. While friends were moaning about fried hard drives and stolen passwords, Mac owners seemed somewhat impervious. However, all of that has changed. Can Macs get viruses? Yes. Macs have gained a more robust market presence, and cybercriminals have gotten more skilled at their nefarious craft; Macs are more vulnerable than ever. But sometimes, it’s not that easy to be sure if you’ve been attacked, especially if you don’t already have an antivirus software program on your Mac device.
Depending on the type of cyberattack, there are different things to look for to determine if you’ve fallen victim to one. However, all of them could be potentially deadly to your small to midsized business. Here are several signs of an attack:
- Your computer begins to slow down. Suddenly, loading applications becomes a slow, sluggish process.
- Security alerts erupt when you aren’t running any scans.
- You notice software on your computer that you never installed.
- Pop-up advertisements begin appearing randomly.
- Suddenly your browser has a new homepage or extensions you never added.
- Your internet browser starts to redirect you to websites in which you neither have an interest nor have not visited.
- The websites you visit begin to show ads unrelated to your search history.
- Your files have been encrypted, and you either cannot open them or they contain a warning or ransom message.
Can Macs Get Viruses? Absolutely. When it Happens, Here’s What to Do.
Before finding the proper antivirus protection for Mac, you should deal with the problem at hand. if you’ve experienced some of the aforementioned symptoms, here are some initial steps to take to get your Mac up and running:
- Locate and Remove Harmful Programs
- Click on the rocket ship icon on the bottom toolbar of your Mac.
- Find and open the Activity Monitor.
- If you already recognize which programs are malicious, find them on the monitor and click on the “x” in the top left of the window. This will stop the programs from running.
- Uninstall Bad Apps
- Open your Finder.
- Go to the Applications Folder.
- Look for any apps you don’t recognize or that you might have seen open without prompting or have caused an operating malfunction.
- Drag all suspicious apps to the Trash bin on the bottom right of your Mac’s bottom toolbar.
- Empty the Trash.
- Remove Virus-Related Browser Extensions
Depending on the internet browser you use, the procedure will vary slightly. Here are the steps for Chrome and Safari:
- Launch Chrome.
- Click on the dots in the top right corner.
- Go to “More Tools” and then select “Extensions.”
- Browse through the list and “Remove” any that seem suspicious.
- Launch Safari
- On the top toolbar, click on “Safari.”
- Click on “Safari Extensions.”
- Browse through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you don’t recognize.
Cyber security has become more than what most people can handle on their own. Finding the right solution to protect your small to midsized business’s hard-earned data and keeping your network running smoothly and securely is a job for IT experts. Enlisting professional IT Consulting services will help you determine the right level of protection and ongoing security protocols for the future.
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