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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Remove Mac Security (Uninstall Guide)

Tell your friends:
Mac Security is a fake anti-virus program that reports non-existent threats and viruses to trick you into believing that you have security problems on your Mac. The previous version of this scarweware showed up about a week ago and it was called MACDefender. Nothing's really changed since then, except that now the rogue AV is being served in more sophisticated way, displaying fake online virus scanners that mimic Mac OS X Finder rather then a fake Windows environment.

The installer file is named MacSecurity.mpkg or Once installed, Mac Security runs a fake system scan and then gives exaggerated reports of threats on your Mac. It said that I have 7 viruses. Mac Security flagged clean files and said that they are infected. Now, the most important part, Mac Security told me I would have to register the program in order to remove the threats which do not even exist. It also displays fake and very annoying pop ups about how your computer is infected. What is more, Mac Security periodically opens instances of Safari and points them to porn and Viagra websites. As you can see, MacSecurity is nothing more but a scam. Do not purchase this rogue AV software because there really is no guarantee that your credit card details aren't going to be sold to other third parties. To remove Mac Security from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. Also, if you don't have anti-virus software, you might consider installing one because I think that the malware attackers are not going to stop anytime soon. Good luck and be safe online!

Intego made a short video about the Mac Security malware:

Mac Security removal instructions:

1. Open ApplicationsUtilitiesActivity Monitor and terminate processes linked to Mac Security.

2. Delete Mac Security from the Applications folder.

3. Check System PreferencesAccountsLogin Items for Mac Security entry.

4. Run a Spotlight search for "Mac Security" to check for any associated files and remomove them if exist.

5. Download ESET Cybersecurity for Mac (free trial, fully functional) or Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac (free) and run a full system scan.

Associated Mac Security files:
  • /Application/
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Anonymous said...

Lifesaver. :D

Anonymous said...

This happened to me this morning. Luckily i stop it before it finished downloading! But then you have to go into your "downloads" window under tools in Firefox and delete the download or will keep trying every time you open your browser.

I wonder if the anti-virus Mac free ride is over??

Admin said...

Apple's PC market share expected to grow. I think even more malware are going to occur in the near future targeting Mac users. I advise all Mac users to consider using an anti-virus application.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much! this just happened to me, and i tried almost everything before i saw this blog! what a great piece of advice!

Ms. Morfesis said...

God Bless you, wherever you are or whoever you are.

no said...

What we have here is a malware phishing expedition. You have to give the app your OS X login password for it to do anything and it's simple to remove. all the files listed above will be removed just by trashing the app itself (they are contained within the app).

I can write a simple 1 sentence UNIX command that once executed could wipe everything from the computer it's executed on, however it is useless unless you give it permission to act. That's the nature of computer programming.

This is not a virus. Viruses spread from computer to computer. OSX has had not one virus in it's 10 year history and there is good reason for this: UNIX. The only virus I ever came across for UNIX was, in fact, a 'proof of concept' and not an actual virus. The people who 'proved' that a virus could attack unix systems couldn't get one to actually work in the wild.

Some people assume Macs don't have viruses yet because of obscurity, and that if the Mac had the number of users Windows had then viruses would inevitably follow. This is pure myth. Windows was not originally designed as a network system (as was UNIX) and is fertile ground for viruses.

Do not confuse Malware with Viruses. as Admin has above.
I advise Mac users do NOT use anti-virus apps. You are incredibly more likely to have issues with your system with anti-virus (AV) software installed than without. Norton being a case in point, ruining peoples systems once installed.

If someone phoned you up and you for your credit caed details would you give it to them?

1 more thing. IF Macs were susceptible to viruses like Windows, then anti-virus software would only pick up known viruses. New, unknown viruses would still infect your system as it does on Windows systems day after day after day. And to put things in perspective, Microsoft, themselves said just the other day,
1 in EVERY 14 downloads with IE on Windows is Malware, and they can act without you even knowing they've been installed.

An OSX update will sort this in a day or two.

Be vigilant, but don't be panicked into buying AV which really isn't necessary.
Coincidently it's nearly always AV companies who advise you to buy AV.

Admin said...

Thank you for your comment.

"Do not confuse Malware with Viruses. as Admin has above."

I didn't say that Mac Security is a virus. It's a fake antivirus application.

"Be vigilant, but don't be panicked into buying AV which really isn't necessary."

No need to buy anti-virus software. You can use a free one, for example Sophos Antivirus for Mac. I do believe that Mac users should install anti-virus software and keep it up to date just like Windows users do. I'm pretty sure that we will see more malware targeting Mac users. 10% market share is not a big deal, but it's still a piece of pie and it won't be forgotten by cyber criminals.