Mac or Macintosh, from Apple is only major rival to the Microsoft Windows operating system. But there has been always a huge difference between the section of users of both these operating systems. It’s their ‘Class’. When Windows have a wider reach and market share Mac has obtained the trust and loyalty of it customers by providing the same, trust and loyalty. The best evidence to is, Mac is not affected by viruses. Yes, there are a hundred different opinions on this. Some call it a myth, some say it’s because there are very less people creating a virus for Mac which has a relatively lower market share. But Mac loyalist claim, Apple has always zapped a virus the moment it has been brought in to the system. Whatever it is Mac users facing a virus is, a rare and less witnessed factor.
But having said that; a ‘Malware’ or malicious software is different from a virus. It can create serious problems to your computer, and Apple’s Mac is not immune to that. These get downloaded in your system while you browse the internet. These are of different types and have tasks assigned to them. Some are programmed to record all your history and activity on the internet and send them to a remote user it has been assigned to, these are called spyware. Then there are rootkits which are programmed to hide itself in the system and hide the installation of programs which can create problems later. Then there are adwares which keeps popping up irritating ads on your screen. These aren’t considered viruses, which usually duplicates itself and spreads like a cancer and is meant to just spread and create panic. Malwares are simple programs or codes which affect our day – to – day activities and not to forget invade our privacy.
So the question now here is, How to check for and remove Mac Malware. But before we get there, since Mac users are not used to seeing malware attacks often unlike Windows users, who indeed are used to such attacks and hence have developed an instant knowledge of malware messages. Mac users may not realize or recognize these as malware immediately. Here are a few suggestions or steps when you encounter an unusual popup or malware activity.
Do not enter your admin password. Go to your downloads location and delete the installer. Empty the trash after this. These ensure a malware is not installed in your computer. Now in case you have a malware already installed in your computer, the solution is quiet simple. Purchasing or downloading an Antivirus and Antispyware is the best way to keep away from these attacks. After acquiring the software install it on your computer. Follow the procedure to complete installation. Now you can select the drive that you want to scan for and see if it is contaminated. A complete system scan will check the full system for such programs and delete them. Keep updating the software everyday and enjoy a malware free working experience.