Although Macintosh products and operating systems are top of the line in virus protection, Malware, also known Adware, has been increasingly infecting Macintosh systems.
Here at Machollywood we've noticed the trend, and more than likely, so have you. Malware is short for malicious software, and is defined as any software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Most often these infections arrive in the form as constant pop up advertisements which is defined more specifically as Adware.
This adware usually disrupts your web browsing, making it nearly impossible to navigate the internet without an abundance of pop up windows. Examples of these include false web browser pages, pop up windows informing you your computer is at risk and that you should download software to save your computer; such as MacKeeper, or that your computer needs a specific software download to play online video content.
These malware pop ups are generally found on illegal streaming stations, or within illegal torrent downloads. Malware must be downloaded onto your computer and does not spontaneously appear. Most of the streaming websites you encounter will prompt you to download a "needed" software to watch an episode/movie. DO NOT DO THIS. You will only download malware to your computer and you won't be able to watch the content anyway.
At Machollywood we can't stop you from using streaming websites or downloading torrents, but we can give you help in being alert to these malware prompts and avoiding them. When streaming or downloading, make certain that you will be downloading the specific software you need. Such as Skype, Adobe softwares, or Microsoft Office. Along with verifying the correct software you need, only download the software from its legitimate website.
Some softwares, such as the Adobe Flash Player, have been redesigned by hackers to lure you into downloading a fake flash player. Again, only download from the official Adobe website, other websites that carry the software download, such as Soft Sonic should not be trusted.
Apple has made downloading content on your computer more secure by incorporating software downloads through its App Store, and by adding a firewall option within the Security & Privacy system preferences in which you can automatically deny any software download that is not approved by Apple.
Sometimes you can erase the Malware on your computer by finding and deleting any files installed on your computer. These files can live in your applications folder, download folder, or as cache within your web browsers.
If you have Malware and cannot remove it yourself, you can bring your Macintosh to us at Machollywood and we will happily do it for you.
Give us a call at 323-957-9557, or simply come into the store to get started!