It’s often said that Apple products are not easy to hack into or break through. Thanks to Apple’s strict protections in macOS, Mac malware is rare. This doesn’t mean Macs don’t get malware. If you think that your Mac has malware and want tips on Mac malware removal you’ve come to the right place.
To an extent, we always mix and match the terms malware and virus but virus is one common type of malware. How do you know that your Mac has malware?
If your Mac suddenly becomes sluggish or laggy in everyday use, advertising windows pop up on your desktop frequently, there’s a new program in your Mac that you didn’t install, chances are good that you have malware on your Mac.
Here’s one thing you definitely shouldn’t do if you think your Mac is infected: Google a program to fix your problem. It is probably malware. Follow our instructions to remove malware on your Mac.
- Restart your Mac in safe mode. Restart your Mac by clicking “Restart” from the Apple menu. Keep on pressing and holding the shift key until you see the Apple logo. Safe mode will help prevent malware from starting automatically.
Note: when you are in safe mode, graphics become fuzzier, animations seem to tear, and your computer runs a lot slower than normal.
- Tap “About this Mac” from the Apple menu. You will see a dialog box appear on your screen.
- Tap “Software update”. Then, you will go to the software update screen. Let your Mac check for updates, then choose “Update Now”.
- Reboot your computer when prompted. Choose “Restart now” to finish installing updates so that the vulnerabilities that the malware installed is using will be patched.
- When prompted, choose to move items to the trash. This will move malicious items determined by your Mac to the trash.
- If and when you do find malware by yourself, uninstall them by dragging them to the trash.
- After moving all the malicious programs to the trash, choose “Empty trash”. The malicious application will be permanently removed.
You can also use a VPN to protect you from malware infection.