Your Questions About Virus Removal Mac

Posted by softwareguru on August 29, 2014

Betty asks…

Can macs get viruses??? Help ASAP!?

so I have a MacBook & while using aMSN with 2 of my contacs, one sent me (not on purpose) a link with the saying “I Think this is your photo!!” & then the link so I stupidly opened the link but I didnt work on my mac so i sent it to the other contact to see if she was able to see the page but then the thing went crazy & the link was sent to all of her contacts & I keep getting it!

whats wrong with that link???

is my MacBook infected???

How to get rid of it???

Give me all the info you know please!!!!
oh & both of those contacts, use PC’s

softwareguru answers:

Virus writers have to target their virus for a specific application or operating system. Since Windows is on 90% of the world’s computers, Windows and Windows related applications are the biggest virus target. But any computer and any OS can be corrupted by a virus or trojan.

If your Mac is running Windows you can try this free antivirus software http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

Symantec.com and mcafee.com offer virus removal for a fee.

You can search for free virus removal tools… AdAware is trustworthy… But some free “antivirus software” is actually a virus itself. Don’t use any free antivirus software unless you can also find recommendations from reputable sources like pcworld.com

Richard asks…

Mac Protector? Help!!!?

This thing called Mac protector just popped up and told me I have multiple viruses on my mac computer. Is this thing real? it wants me to pay to get rid of them? Do I really have viruses? or is this some sick joke? is it is, how do I get rid of it? someone please help me!

softwareguru answers:

It’s a fake antivirus program. Mac Protector removal instructions:

1. Open Applications → Utilities → Activity Monitor and terminate processes linked to Mac Protector.

2. Delete Mac Protector from the Applications folder.

3. Check System Preferences → Accounts → Login Items for Mac Protector entry.

4. Run a Spotlight search for “Mac Protector” to check for any associated files and remomove them if exist.

Http://deletemalware.blogspot.com/2011/05/remove-macdefender-uninstall-guide.html

Download ESET Cybersecurity for Mac (free trial, fully functional) or Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac (free) and run a full system scan.

Http://www.eset.com/us/home/cybersecurity-for-mac

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

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