What is Mac Defender?
As security experts claim, Mac Defender is one of the first programs that have proven the fact that Mac OS is not invulnerable. In fact, this program belongs to the ‘rogue anti-spyware’, which attacks have been traced for the first time in 2011. In most of the cases, it infiltrates the system automatically while the user browse through a malicious site, click on the pop-ups offering to update software (Java, Flash Player, Media Player) or check computers for free. As soon as it takes over the system, it will be configured to start up automatically every time you turn on the computer. After that, it may initiate full system scans and deliver results about various infections that need removal. It may inform about tens of files that are corrupted and serious viruses that pose a risk to your cyber security and privacy.
However, the most important thing that you have to remember is that Mac Defender virus is not capable of performing a genuine scan. It only mimics the process and presents users with pre-coded search results in order to scare them into thinking that their computers are seriously infected. This way, Mac Defender rogue seeks to intimidate users into buying the premium version of this program, which is supposedly the only way to fix the errors. In order to do that, you will be urged to click ‘Register’ button, disclose your credit card button, full name, and other personally identifiable information for making the payment and upgrading a supposedly powerful anti-malware. Our security experts DO NOT recommend purchasing this license due to several reasons: 1) Mac Defender has no virus database, so it is capable of removing none of risk-posing programs; 2) You may give away your money straight to cyber criminals; 3) You may disclose sensitive data to online scammers. In addition to that, we highly recommend you to remove Mac Defender rogue as it may initiate redirects to pornographic websites, various slowdowns, system freezes and similar issues in order to make you think that your computer is contaminated with viruses. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the only virus hiding in your computer is Mac Defender. If it has already started its fake scans, the best that you can do is to run a full system scan with Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, which has specifically been designed to clean Mac OS running computers.
How can Mac Defender hijack my computer?
Mac Defender is one of the hundreds of rogue anti-spywares, such as Antivirus Pro 2017, Protective Antivirus 2015, Zorton Win 8 Antivirus 2014, and many others. However, it differs from the others because it is specifically targeted at Mac OS. Security experts have traced the main medias through which this rogue can spread. First of all, you have to be extra careful with pop-up ads that pretend to be free online scanners. If people get tricked to use this scan, they get predetermined results informing about various PC’s infections and unconsciously activate this rogue anti-malreare. Always keep in mind that there are NO such thing as online computer check. Thus, clicking fix or any other button provided on the pop-up may end up with Mac Defender rogue anti-spyware on your computer. In addition, it may be distributed via professional looking spam emails, fake software update alerts and so on. Therefore, keep all these distribution methods in mind and try to bypass all suspicious content that shows up during your browsing.
How to remove Mac Defender virus?
If you suspect that you have just installed Mac Defender because it keeps delivering pop-ups and initiate fake system scans from time to time, you should waste not more time and remove it without any delay. In order to do that, a full system scan with a reputable anti-malware is recommended, which will not only remove this rogue but will also get rid of its leftovers and other suspicious apps. For Mac Defender removal, we recommend running a full system check with Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, which is a powerful tool designed specifically for Mac OS based computers.
In order to download this tool, you may have to close Mac Defender window first. For that, you just have to click the (X) button or force the process to terminate. Then, download Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus and activate it.