For years, owners of Windows PCs have had one “feature” that Mac owners have missed out on — malware. While viruses are still almost nonexistent on Macs, there is a small and growing problem with Mac adware that can take over Safari or Chrome and cause it to redirect searches, ask you to buy unneeded or fake antivirus apps, or just open a lot of pop-up windows. Fortunately, Malwarebytes has released its free Anti-Malware software for Mac, and in today’s tech tip I’ll show how to install and use it.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has been available on the Windows platform since 2008 and has a good reputation for knocking out adware and browser hijacking code. Let’s get started:
1) Point Safari to the Malwarebytes download page.
2) Scroll down to Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac, and click on the green “Free Download” button (see image below). The file will be downloaded to your Downloads folder.
3) Click the Downloads button in the upper right corner of the Safari window (see screenshot below), then double-click on the file name to mount the disk image. If you’re using a different browser, simply open your Downloads folder and double-click on the MBAM-Mac-version#.dmg (disk image) file to mount the image.
4) When the disk image is mounted you’ll see a window that looks like the one seen below. Drag the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware icon to the Applications folder icon to install the app.
5) At this point, you can drag the MBAM-Mac disk image (which may be visible on your Mac desktop) to your Trashcan to unmount it.
6) Now launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the Applications folder. It will display the warning seen in the screenshot below. Click “Open”.
7) Next up is an End User License Agreement (EULA). Read the license agreement (screenshot below) if you’re bored or having problems sleeping, otherwise just click the Agree button to continue.
8) Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will pause for a moment and download the latest malware “signatures”. Once it’s complete, click the Scan button. The scan begins (screenshot below), and should run its course in less than ten seconds.
9) When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware completes its scan, you’ll most likely see the reassuring message seen below. However, if malware is found on your Mac, you’ll be given full instructions by the application on how to remove the malware from your Mac.
10) Your Mac is malware free! It’s a good idea to run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware once a month or so, or more often if you find that your Mac is suddenly acting strangely or bogging down in terms of performance.
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