Mac Protection Software
You might need a nerd if…
- Your Mac is slower than usual
- Popups appear even while you’re not browsing online
- Web pages you visit are obscured with ads
- Your mac reboots and apps launch for no reason
How to secure a Mac from Malware, Viruses & TrojansPractically all Mac malware comes through third-party utilities and applications. For the average user, it’s pretty easy to prevent infections and attacks from occurring in the first place.
Here are some general security tips to prevent a Mac from getting malware, viruses, and trojans:
Update apps and OS X software regularly
Install antivirus software
Use a Flash block plugin
Disable automatic file opening after download
Don’t install random software you didn’t ask for
How to tell if a Mac is infectedSo how can you tell if your Mac is infected? Here are some of the signs Nerds on Call looks for when a Mac has a virus:
Unexpected ads and popups
Mac is slower than usual
Mac reboots and apps launch for no reason
How to manually remove malwareJust as with any disease, to treat a virus you need to remove the infected part of your software. If you know which app on your Mac is malicious, you’re halfway through the problem. At Nerds on Call, we get to the root of the problem in the system processes. Here’s one of the procedures we follow for checking viruses manually:
- Open the “Activity Monitor”
- Pinpoint the problem app in the Processes
- Use the x button to quit the process
Clean up extensions to remove adwareSeveral browser extensions have been known to be potentially malicious. To remove malware from the browser, we can disable or remove extensions that we suspect are adware viruses. Just to be sure, if we do find suspicious extensions, we remove all of the extensions and then reinstall each one separately.
Remain virus-free with Mac antivirus softwareA good way to keep your Mac secure is to run the latest antivirus software. We’ve found Webroot antivirus software to be one of the best picks based on their system performance, scanning tools, and support. Security software exists to save you from bad decisions like installing apps that appear to offer something for nothing but turn out to be spyware or viruses. So, for the price of a cup of coffee each week, it makes sense to install security software and then forget about it. It’s better to get protected now than have to deal with an expensive cleanup later. And if you need software for your laptop, our definitive guide to Macbook protection software can get you pointed in the right direction. Or why wait? Give us a call at 1-800-919-6373 to get your Mac cleaned up and protected today.
Will antivirus software slow down my Mac?Not all antivirus software out there is created equal. While in the past some software had a reputation of slowing down Macs, most of these issues have been resolved. If you’re particularly concerned about speed and are looking for a good solution, it’s best to call a Nerd to install antivirus software and then do a speed test.
The best way to protect your Mac: Mac Protection SoftwareDoes the manual path for removing malware from your Mac sound too complicated or time-consuming? Don’t worry, we’re here to rescue you! With years of experience restoring Macs from infection and handling full system cleanups, we’ll help you keep your Mac virus-free for good. Give us a call at 1-800-919-6373 and we’d be happy to provide you with a free estimate.
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Questions nerds often hear about Mac Protection Software
Do Macs really need virus protection?
Yes, Macs need protection too. While they have been relatively virus-free in the past, there’s now an ever-increasing number of viruses and spyware that are targeting Macs. So even though they don’t get as many viruses as PCs, it’s still important to install Mac protection software.
Will antivirus software slow down my Mac?
Not all antivirus software out there is created equal. While in the past some software had a reputation of slowing down Macs, most of these issues have been resolved.