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How To Protect A Mac From Viruses

Clean Protect Your MAC LIVE

Hello everyone and welcome to the class. We are live right now and we have over 800 people signed up for today’s class just through GoToMeeting. We have another several hundred tuning in live through YouTube. We are talking today about how to clean and protect your Mac. This class is going to be broken into two different segments. We’re going to start with protecting your Mac and then we’re going to move on to cleaning your Mac; meaning just making a little bit of extra space so that you have more availability for your actual files instead of that stuff that you don’t even think about that takes up space. So before we started recording, I asked the live audience here a question about antivirus.

Software. Does a Mac need antivirus software? Let me give you the basic answer. The one thing that seems to affect Macs and is not uncommon is something that is not dangerous; it’s referred to as AdWare. For those of you who have gotten to know me over the years of doing these classes you know I’m a big fan of metaphors. I’m going to use a metaphor right now and I don’t want to come off as offensive, I’m just trying to give you an idea of how to picture this. Calling AdWare a virus is a little bit like calling the common cold, cancer. These are two completely different animals. AdWare is not harmful to your computer and I saw one person in chat already give me indication.

That they may have it. I’ll give you the symptoms of AdWare: you can get random popups, you may have ads on sites where there shouldn’t be ads, you may click a link for one site and be rerouted to another, and it can even change your homepage. In that case there are two very, very simple pieces of software (both are free), that I tend to recommend to all of my clients. Now for those of you who are not live right now, I want to make a very strong recommendation. Anytime I recommend a piece of hardware, I always give you a link in the description of the tutorial. The reason for that is with many of these products if you try to Google.

Them, a lot of what you’re going to find are fake versions of the software. It’s actually AdWare, so please, please use the links I provide to you. The first one here is made by a friend of mine, Thomas Reed. He’s a smart dude and the owner of a great blog called, “Safe Mac.â€� He created a piece of software called, AdWare Medic. The direct link is Adwaremedic and all you do is click, “Download.â€� It’s a very lightweight piece of software and it goes into your “Downloadsâ€� folder. Open it up and it’s going to ask you to drag it into the “Applicationsâ€� folder. Bytheway, whenever you see a screen like this, what it wants you to do is to take this.

Icon and drag it and drop it here. Let’s go into it so you can see what it looks like. All you have to do is hit “Scan For AdWare,â€� it will search your whole system and only takes a few seconds to run. In my case, because I am live right now and doing numerous things at once, it may take longer but it scans through your system and tries to detect anything in the background. If it does, it will give you the opportunity with one click to remove it. One thing I want to mention with this software is if it finds anything you will need to empty your trash, restart your computer, and then look again at the trash. You may need to empty.

It a second time because if it’s running at the time you trash it, it won’t let you empty the trash. Be mindful about that, but know this is a great piece of software and it’s free. Some of my buddies at Apple in Apple Care even recommend this to their folks. Now the other one, I have to be very, very careful how I talk about this piece of software. Some of you know how deep this rabbit hole goes, others may not. The other piece of software is called DetectX and it is made by a company called SQWARQ. They have a bunch of different pieces of software they make and the one we’re talking about is, DetectX. What it does is to look for a piece of software that I have personally come to refer to, and I don’t.

Think this is a real term, as PeskyWare. It’s not a virus, it’s not technically AdWare; it is something in the middle. DetectX is a very lightweight piece of software and this is what it looks like. My advice is that you click this drop down menu, go to the last option which is, “All Searches,â€� and hit “Search.â€� It will once again scan your computer for these different types of PeksyWare and I want to make it clear these are pieces of software that the people of SQWARQ have identified, as what I would call, as being less than bueno. Not good. It will show you where they are and allow you to trash the files. Again, with these types of software.

Do Macs Get Viruses

Hi everyone. One of the common questions I get a lot from my clients is they want to know if there is anything they need to do to protect their Mac from viruses. And before I show you the once piece of software that I do recommend you have I just want to clarify something. In any of our tutorials when I say go to the tutorial description for the link. I say that for a reason. See a lot of malicious software gets installed because the user thought they were downloading something else. So please… when I provide you a link to a website or a product, please know that that is part of the reason why. So here is the deal with Macs and viruses. Is it possible to get a virus? Technically,.

Yes. I have worked with thousands of people over the years and have come across a total of 3. Two of those were in the same week. What is much more common on Apple computers is something called adware or malware. Basically, adware is just a pain in the butt. It doesnt harm your data, but it can cause pop ups, websites to redirect, etc. Its basically the crabs of technology. Easily treatable, but still a pain. The good news is your digital version of Rid (note to self: come up with better metaphors) is free. To combat the little buggers of the internet you need Malwarebytes for Mac (link.

In the description of the tutorial). Here is how it works. Once you go to this link click download. that will bring the file into your downloads folder (the name of the file by the way is MBAM). You are then going to drag this icon from here… to here. Pretty simple. Now you can find it in your Applications folder. Now that you have it: once a month or as needed if you notice anything weird going on (again like pop ups, you get redirected to different websites, etc.) just open this application, click scan, and let it do its thing. Now, if it does find anything it will automatically trash the files and you will need to empty your trash and then reboot your.

Computer. IF after that you notice there are still files in your trash… empty it again. There is one more thing I want to make sure you know what to do before we go. If malwarebytes should ever find something and remove it, there is a type of adware that will require one more step on your part and that is resetting your web browsers homepage and available search engines. For directions on how to tackle that, I will include step by step directions in the description of this tutorial for Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Thank you for watching everyone if you havent done so already be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking that big red button. If youd like to help support what we do here.

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