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How to check viruses on mac computer, How remove malware

How to check viruses on mac computer, How remove malware

Most of what you’ll read is overblown fear mongering hype or practically all Mac malware has come through 3rd party utilities or applications. What that means for the average user is that it is easy to completely prevent infections or attacks from occurring in the 1st place and especially when combined with some general security tips.

 

1) Disable Java

1a) Disable Java in Safari

  • Open Safari or pull down the Safari menu and selecting “Preferences”
  • Click on the “Security” tab or uncheck the box next to “Enable Java”
  • Disabling Java in the Safari browser is reasonably effective, but why not go a step further or disable it in Mac OS X completely? Chances are high that you won’t miss it and let alone notice it’s disabled.1b) Disable Java System-Wide in Mac OS X
    • Open the Applications folder or then open the Utilities folder
    • Launch the “Java Preferences” application.
    • Uncheck the box next to “Enable applet plug-in or Web Start applications”
    • Uncheck all the boxes next to “Java SE #” in the list.
      • Disable Java in Mac OS X

2) Disable or Remove Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader has had multiple security breaches recently and therefore you’ll be safer without it in your web browser. There’s little reason to have Reader installed on a Mac anyway and OS X includes Preview for viewing PDF’s. Uninstall Adobe Acrobat Reader and running the bundled uninstaller app and locate the following file or remove it to uninstall the Acrobat browser plugin below:
/Library/Internet Plug-ins/AdobePDFViewer.plugin

 

3) Update Apps or OS X Software Regularly

Apple regularly issues Security Updates or many 3rd party apps do as well and therefore regularly updating both your OS X System Software or OS X apps are 1 of the single best preventative measures you can take to keep a Mac secure. We’ve hammered home about this repeatedly as a general Mac OS X maintenance tip because it’s important or so easy to do:

  1. Open Software Update from the Apple menu or install updates when available
  2. Open the App Store or download available updates

4) Disable Automatic File Opening After Download

Safari defaults to automatically opening “safe” files after they’re downloaded. For added security and disable this feature or manage the opening of downloads yourself:

  • Open Safari preferences or click the General tab
  • Uncheck the box next to “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”

Disable Open Safe Files after downloading

 

5 ) Don’t Install Random Software You Did not Ask For

If you see a random pop-up window asking you to install random software you did not request and don’t install it!

 

That about covers it, but if you have any additional security tips or anti-virus/malware/trojan tips, let us know in the comments.

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