Whether you use your laptop for business or personal use, it’s always important to have a virus protector installed, if not you could be at risk of a virus attack. Virus attacks can come in all shapes and sizes, some through phishing attacks on your emails, some when you accidentally download something you shouldn’t.
They can be particularly nasty, accessing personal information, stealing data from you and in some instances trying to access your passwords so they can log into and pretend to be you. Some on the other hand aren’t as severe, such as a browser takenover- although still very frustrating and should be removed as soon as possible.
If you have been unfortunate to pick up a malware attack, you are not alone. It happens to many. The more technology develops, the greater number of cyber attacks that will occur and the more developed they will be. Some are really sneaky and you may not know you have a virus on your laptop.
To remove malware, there are a number of ways in which you can do it. Below we look into 6 easy fixes to remove malware from your Apple Mac.
Update your Apple Mac
Whenever Apple or any developer of technology releases an update, you should always install it straight away. Updates are often done to add new functionality, make your laptop more efficient and patch up any security flaws that have been discovered.
They can also remove hidden malware from your system as the virus may be deleted when the installation of the new software is complete. If you don’t update your Mac and the more updates that are released on top of the new one, the more susceptible your laptop may be to a cyber attack.
Remove any suspicious apps
Malware can get into your system through the applications you download. If you suspect you have malware on your system, take a look through the applications that have been downloaded. If you see any applications that look suspicious or that you do not remember downloading, remove them.
Do not open the application to check what it is as this could cause the malware to attach itself to something else on your laptop and cause more damage. Remember apps can easily be installed again, so if you are unsure about an app that you don’t use often just uninstall it and then reinstall it at a later date if you are sure that it is safe to do so.
Disconnect your Mac from the internet
If you think you have been subjected to a virus or malware attack, disconnect your Mac from the internet as soon as possible and don’t reconnect until you think you have removed the threat.
By disconnecting your Mac from the internet, you can reduce the chances of it spreading and then spend some time working out how to remove it. Once you have disconnected your Mac, you can then use a malware remover or your anti-virus protector to get rid of it.
Use an application to get rid of the malware
Using a ready-made application to remove malware from your Apple Mac is probably the most effective way if you do not have much knowledge of malware. In the app store, there are a number of applications that you can download that will not only tell you if you have a virus but remove it as well.
What these applications do is scan deep into your Mac for anything that could be affecting your system and stopping it from running to the best of its ability. Once it has finished scanning your Mac, it will notify you of any errors (if any) and then give you an option to remove them.
Before downloading any app off the app store, we always recommend you do your research on the app to make sure it is legit and won’t install malware onto your laptop. A good way to check is by reading the 2022 reviews (as these will be the most recent ones) and by only installing apps that have been rated four or five stars.
Check your browser extensions
Browser extensions can be extremely useful. Depending on the extensions you use, they can help you search quicker, help you with your spelling, offer you deals when purchasing goods or take more detailed screen grabs and much more.
With all their usefulness, some aren’t good and could be where the malware is being stored. Just like when you installed your applications on your laptop, have a quick look over and see if any of your browser extensions look suspicious. If any are, remove them as soon as possible.
Ways to know if a browser extension is safe are to check if it has a featured badge, or an established publisher badge, check the permissions it is asking for and read the 2022 reviews just like you should when installing applications.
We stress this should be your last resort and in most cases will never need to be done! If you have tried everything to remove the malware from your Mac, then a factory reset should do the trick. The biggest problem with a factory reset is that you will lose everything on your Mac and it will take some time to restore it back to what it was.
It’s worth bearing in mind that if you are to restore your Mac, you could end up putting the malware back on it. The malware could have attached itself to one of your files that is part of your backup. If this is the case, you will need to factory reset again and then slowly add your files back, checking as each one is added that the virus hasn’t come back.
We hope the above six methods help you remove any malware you have on your Mac. Have you recently had any malware on your mac? How did you get rid of it? Did you use any of the methods above? Are there any tips that you would like to add that can help someone avoid getting malware and removing it? Let us know in the comment box below.