January 26, 2020

Tech Stories 18 – Is my Mac infected?


I don’t see Blue very often, she is one of my clients that does not have a lot of issues… but when she does its usually because she has downloaded some sort of Malware. For 25 years I have been saying macs don’t get viruses. And that statement is still kinda true. But what most people do now is they see an ad or something that says this software will fix your mac… They install it and all of these apps, etc are nothing but scams, please stay away from them.

Example: MacFixer, MacKeeper, Mac Cleaner, Etc


Is my Mac infected?

How do you know if your Mac has a malware infection? Look for such clues as:

  • You land on a web page you’ve selected, and advertising banners start to intrude on you aggressively.
  • You notice that random web page text suddenly has a hyperlink.
  • Browser pop ups get in your face, earnestly recommending fake updates or other fake software.
  • You notice other unwanted adware programs, which you did not authorize or which were installed without your knowledge.
  • Your Mac crashes, heats up, or runs its fan faster than normal for no apparent reason. It may be working on an intensive task because of a cryptocurrency miner on your system, most likely installed by a Mac Trojan.

If you see any of the above, or other strange behavior, then it’s high time you got yourself some cybersecurity protection. Furthermore, though the general consumer may consider cybersecurity synonymous with the term “antivirus,” the more accurate designation should be “anti-malware,” a catch-all term that describes all malicious software, regardless of type. For example, viruses and Trojans are two specific types of malicious software, both of which are malware. The fact is, viruses are much less of a thing today, largely because there are far easier ways to infect Macs with Trojans, worms, spyware, and ransomware.


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