Your Mac isn’t as safe as it use to be. Computers and websites are now more universal than ever; and that’s a good thing! You can run complex sites for real estate and finance just as easily on a Mac as you could on a PC. But because of this great interoperability, vulnerabilities such as malware and browser hijacks can hit Safari uses just as easily as those using Internet Explorer (if anyone still does).
How do I know if I have a virus or malware?
You know you are infected with something when your search bar that, usually says https://google.com suddenly says something like http://searchagent.net. It’s troublesome because these compromised search pages can look like your Google page. But they can take you to sites that have been hacked and host malicious code causing even more trouble for your mac.
Clean it Up!
If you’re at all concerned about malware there are a few things you can do to find it and clean it up. Malwarebytes offers a free tool called Adwaremedic. It’s a great stand alone app that searches for adware and malware and does a great job of cleaning up threats once they’re installed.
An Ounce of Prevention
The cool kids at Sophos Labs (Thanks Tyler) have created a low maintenance product that works well and doesn’t hog your computer’s resources. Sophos Home is a cloud managed product that scans and prevents malware and virus from showing up on your computer. Being cloud managed means you can keep an eye on up to three computers.
Get a Check Up
Securing your computer is more than just running apps. It’s whole approach that looks at your behavior, your risks and password hygiene. Marin Mac Tech provides complete security assessments that look at all aspects of your digital life, identify risks and make recommendations to help protect your activities. Setup up an appointment to find out more.
Been a Mac user since early 90s, never had a virus problem, until a couple years ago. I missed an infested pop-up that seemed legit, & it gave me hell for weeks, trying different anti-virus apps, until I finally learned that it had attached itself in my browsers, in a different way (I think as an extension, I forget).
I have AdwareMedic, & Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I also got AVG AntiVirus, AVG Cleaner, Bitdefender Virus Scanner, ClamXav from the Apple App Store. Most recently, I added Avast Mac Security.