Can Macs get viruses?

Do Macs get viruses?

Yes, unfortunately, Macs can and often get viruses and infected with malware and other pieces of malicious software that can cause problems for users and businesses. Cybercriminals are smarter than ever, and Macs — whose users are known to, on average, earn more than those who use Android or Microsoft Windows — are an attractive target.

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According to the Objective-by-the-Sea malware conference, around 20% of Macs are infected with PUPs or potentially unwanted programs.

For over a decade, malware and viruses have been created to target Mac operating systems, which means, sadly, the answer to “Can Mac get a virus?” is yes. Now is the time to protect your Mac from a wide world of cyber threats, increased threat profiles, phishing scams, and other dangers lurking around the deep dark web.


How to remove Mac viruses?

If you haven’t been able to prevent a computer virus, you can at least implement a quick cure. A proven way is to use a powerful malware scanner, such as CleanMyMac X. It identifies thousands of threats, including adware, spyware, scareware, worms, and cryptocurrency miners, so you can easily get rid of them. With CleanMyMac X, even if you’ve downloaded something that looked legitimate yet later turned out to be malware, you can remove it, making sure it has gone for good.

Here is how to scan your Mac for malware:

  1. Download the free version of CleanMyMac and launch the app.
  2. Choose the Malware Removal tab.
  3. Click Scan.
  4. Click Remove.
Removing malware files

The best thing about CleanMyMac X is that Apple has notarized it. This means that its code is labeled as safe, so it is a trusted piece of software. 

CleanMyMac X also has a background scanning tool. It executes deep system scans to notify you about any suspicious processes or hidden threats. It scans the Mac even when CleanMyMac X or CleanMyMac X Menu is disabled, thus ensuring the highest possible level of protection. 

To enable background scanning, do the following: 

  1. Launch CleanMyMac X Menu in the menu bar and open Preferences.
  2. Choose the Protection tab.
  3. Make sure to select the checkbox next to “Look for threats in the background.”
  4. Protection

Flashback vulnerability

One noticeable incident that infected 600,000 Mac computers (around 1% of all computers running macOS and OS X) was a case of Flashback malware that exploited a security flaw in Java. Apple recommended updating Java or removing it altogether after users had dealt with the malware. That was perhaps the most noticeable and widespread incident. However, there are many others that occur every day, impacting thousands of us who use an iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other versions of Apple Mac computers.


How do Apple computers get viruses?

Not enough Mac users make use of anti-virus and anti-malware software. Unlike Windows, an ecosystem that traditionally faces more threats, there is greater visibility and faster response times from Microsoft. Apple has been criticized for not dealing with threats sooner.

Although they do build a lot of protections into macOS and OS X that people don’t see and interact with. Unfortunately, in many cases, this is proving insufficient. Cybercriminals are getting smarter. Malware, in particular, is getting good at sneaking into computers silently and causing problems. Some signs of this include:

  • More popups and ads than you would normally expect when browsing the web;

  • Suddenly getting redirected away from a page you were visiting;

  • ‘Recommended updates’ and other indicators that you need a certain piece of seemingly legitimate software.

Mac users download these pieces of adware without realizing it. Some of the most common include VSearch, Conduit, Genieo, GoPhoto, Jollywallet, Savekeep, MacShop, Yontoo, Shopper Helper Pro, Slick Savings, PallMall, and Awesome Screenshot. These malicious pieces of tech are bundled into other seemingly legitimate downloads or email attachments, even social media images and videos, and once you’ve clicked accept, most anti-virus programs believe they’re approved by the Mac user.


How to protect your Mac from viruses

Despite the rising tide of threats, there are steps you can take:

  • Keep your macOS, browsers, and apps up-to-date.

  • Identify and remove malicious apps and files using a powerful Mac protection tool, such as CleanMyMac X. It is the simplest way to remove malware threats.

  • Use common sense when clicking emails, downloads, or popups. If something looks like a scam, it usually is.

Stay safe!

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