Adware, Malware, Etc.

Don’t know if you noticed any problems on your Mac but adware, malware and other kinds of “crapware” have increased dramatically over the last year or so. It is becoming a real problem. This has been a problem on the Windows OS for many years, but people on the Mac side of things don’t know what to do about it.

Just recently I worked on a MacBook Pro for a friend. I updated the OS and just did a bunch of cleanup on it. One of her complaints was that this adware kept popping up on her screen when using Safari. Once I started working on it I noticed the adware as well. This is one of the items (there were others) that would take over her Safari:

The only way to get out of this is to close Safari and restart it. A total bummer to say the least. In keeping with a previous article I installed Adware Medic on her laptop. It found several pieces of adware in the “Launch Services” area. After I removed them and restarted the adware was gone.

If you don’t think this is a problem I highly recommend reading this article. It is a bit technical but extremely informative regarding adware, malware and crapware on the Macintosh platform.

So, what to do. Well, you can get Adware Medic (it is donation ware) and use it from time to time on your Mac(s). Or you can do what I do and just move up to a great Internet security system like the one from Intego, set it and forget it. It is on sale right now and, as I have said before, it is totally excellent software. This is what Intego says about it’s protection against all this crapware stuff:

Keeps your computer free of malware such as Mac viruses, Windows viruses, Unix viruses, Microsoft Word and Excel macro viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware, adware, hacking tools, dialers, keyloggers, and scareware (fake security programs).

I think that pretty much covers everything possible at this point in time. I have used their security stuff for years and highly recommend it.

There are some things you can do in your Mac OS as well (Mountain Lion and above). Check out this article for the details

The days of not having to worry about viruses, malware and other bad stuff on the Mac are pretty much gone. Yes, it is much more secure than Windoze. There is nothing to worry about in all of this though. Taking some simple precautions can keep your Mac running smooth and adware free.