Recently, I noticed that unwanted ads were popping up on my iMac telling me there was malware on my computer and that I needed to deal with the problem. Since the application CleanMyMac showed that my iMac was “clean,” I decided to check things out manually.
You can, too. Here’s how:
First, open the Finder and type Shift+command+G. A pop-up box dubbed “Go to Folder” will appear.
Then, type the following three commands respectively:
Click “Go” and check whether there is any weird looking plists or ones with with garbled/random file name. If you find some, delete ‘em and restart your Mac. Removing all plists with adobe in the name fixed my problem.
By the way, a plist file is a settings file, also known as a “properties file,” used by macOS applications. It contains properties and configuration settings for various programs.
By the way, part II: Malwarebytes is a malware/adware protection utility and CleanMyMac is an all-in-one macOS solution designed to keep your Mac clean and to secure space from your computer’s hard drive.